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Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative

Glover's Court - Before and After

Located just off Fishergate, the main thoroughfare through Preston City Centre, is Winckley Square, a privately planned Georgian residential development, centred around gardens, modelled on fashionable squares in London from that period. The quality and character can be seen in the three storey, red brick townhouses surrounding the gardens. Most properties are utilised as ground floor offices with upper floors providing additional office space or accommodation. There are also a number of higher end restaurants and wine bars on and around the area.

There are however significant levels of vacant floor space in the buildings surrounding Winckley Square and the neighbouring streets including a Grade II listed former Victorian orphanage.

Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative

Preston City Council has secured Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) support as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) with over a £million of heritage regeneration project funding to refurbish key buildings around the Square and nearby streets (in particular Cannon Street).


The scheme will look to reinstate original external features to period buildings and restore historic character, whilst designing internal space for latest 21st century commercial activity. The scheme will also support ways of adapting property for new use including business, commercial, retail, restaurants and bars.

Glovers Court

The first building reinstatement relates to former stables which date back to around 1893. Located on Glovers Court, it has more recently been used as a Printworks but has been unused for many years.

The reinstatement scheme has seen as much of the original fabric retained, including the original slate roofing material, whilst introducing new matching slate. A hand painted fascia board and door glazing from its print-works era was carefully removed and refitted internally to remind new occupiers of its rich history. Brickwork was also repaired.

Internally the office accommodation has been given a full fit out reflecting 21st century styling with steelwork, glass partitioning and skylights all of which offer a very bright, relaxed feel.

The property is now back in full use and is occupied by a multimedia company who have moved from other accommodation locally.

Watch this space for future building reinstatement schemes which are currently being developed under the banner of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The image above shows before and after shots of Glover's Court. More images can be found in the gallery below.

Cannon Street

Following on from refurbishment of Fishergate, Lancashire County Council, as highway authority along with Preston City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have been pulling together the funding, and appointed North Midland Construction Ltd to undertake a reinstatement of the street surface of Cannon Street in natural stone.

Work commenced in early February with the road closed to vehicular traffic during this time through to early May. All the shops are still very much open and keen to see visitors who can easily access the shops on foot.

It’s anticipated these improvements will allow more use of the street encouraging cafés al fresco and increasing local footfall, especially with the delightful, recently restored Winckley Gardens only a two minute walk away from the bottom of the street.

About the HLF

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet, historic parks and buildings we love, to precious memories and rare wildlife.