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Preston Guild City

Early Preston

Old map of Preston, Lancashire

A 1682 description of Preston said,

‘an ancient borough … very pleasantly seated upon a high and rising ground’,

Preston's name is derived from the nickname Priests’ town, suggesting an early settlement with religious origins dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period.

It’s long been understood that Preston could have even earlier origins, due to the proximity of Roman forts at Walton-le-Dale and Ribchester. Recent finds in the Ribbleton area also suggests settlements along the Roman road that ran through the area.

Furthermore, at nearby Cuerdale a world famous Viking hoard was discovered, part of which is now on display in the Preston's Harris Museum & Art Gallery.

Image: Map of Early Preston