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History of Preston

  • population: 132,000
  • phone code: 01772
  • postcode area: PR
  • county: Lancashire
  • twin Towns: Almelo, Netherlands - Kalisz, Poland.

Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. It is the administrative centre of Lancashire, and is on the River Ribble. Preston was granted the status of a city in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth's reign.

Preston forms part of a conurbation with Chorley and Leyland which according to the 2001 census had an overall population of 335,000. Of this, 184,836 lived in the Preston urban sub-area: the figure for those living within the city limits is lower at around 130,000.

Preston's premier landmark is probably St Walburge's Churchdesigned by Joseph Hansom of Hansom Cab fame and is reputed to be one of the tallest churches in England with the third-highest spire at 94 metres.

There are still many notable buildings dotted in and around the city centre. For example, the Miller Arcade, Town Hall, Harris Building, St. John's Minster, former Corn Exchange, Fishergate Baptist Church and many beautiful Georgian buildings at Winckley Square, Preston bus station was once the largest in the UK. Content taken from Wikipedia

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