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Preston Guild City

About Preston's History

The history of Preston comprises of a fascinating, rich and diverse collection of defining moments and events, including important dates such as 1179 and 2002.

The date of 1179 refers to the year the town received Guild status, and 2002 is the year that Preston gained city status as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Preston's history runs long and deep, providing the foundation for today's modern, thriving city along with its a growing reputation as a major retail and administrative centre for Lancashire and the North West.

Preston has made many important contributions to the heritage of the region over the last millennium, with plenty of evidence for this in its landscape, buildings, written and oral records, and museum collections.

Discover more of Preston's history by following one of Preston's city walks.