Preston War Memorial Trail
Delve into the past of Preston's heroes...
Embark on the Preston War Memorial city trail to uncover the city centre's memorials dedicated to great Prestonians. Visit the memorials individually or follow the trail, the choice is yours.
How to follow the Preston War Memorial Trail
To start your journey download the printable guide from the documents section at the bottom of this page.
The trail is roughly 1.7 miles long and takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.
Points of interest
Christchurch War Memorial - Lancashire County Hall
The Christchurch War Memorial is a stone wheel cross situated in the open, featuring brass plaques inscribed with the names of those who fell in WWI and WWII.
Soldier's and Sailor's Free Buffet plaque - Preston Railway Station
These three plaques in Preston Railway Station's waiting room commemorate the waiting room's use as the Soldier's and Sailor's Free Buffet during the Great War. The free buffet provided refreshments and comfort for servicemen passing through the station, all with the help of female volunteers. To find out more about the Soldier's and Sailor's Free Buffet and one of their founders, Beatrice Blackhurst, see the Beatrice Blackhurst Trail.
Preston Pals War Memorial - Preston Railway Station
Between platforms 3 & 4, inside Preston Railway Station, this memorial plaque honours the Preston Pals. The Preston Pals were men who volunteered to fight in WWI within 7th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Until this plaque was created, there was no official Memorial to the Preston Pals, so a board of trustees was created by Andrew Mather to honour the men who left from Preston Railway Station on their fateful journeys.
Leach Family WWI Thanksgiving Memorial - St George's Church
This statue was given to the Church of St Mary, Chorley, by the Leach Family as an act of Thanksgiving for the safe return of sons from the Great War. The statue was then moved to the Baptistry for a short time in the1990s after a re-ordering of the church. After this the statue was housed in The Church of St George the Martyr, where it still lives today.
Stained glass window and plaque - St George's Church
This beautiful stained glass window is dedicated to the Holy Trinity's fallen men during WWI and WWII. The brass plaques beneath the window list the Holy Trinity Church's war dead and were transferred to The Church of St George the Martyr in 1952 after the Holy Trinity Church closed.
Preston Cenotaph - Preston Flag Market
A monument to the soldiers from Preston who perished in WWI, the Cenotaph is an impressive memorial designed by Sir Gilbert Scott and featuring sculptural work by Henry Alfred Pegram. Unveiled in 1926 and recently restored, the main feature of the Cenotaph is the sculptured "Victory" figure along with the dead pleading for acceptance of their sacrifice.
Roll of Honour - The Harris
The Harris houses Preston's Roll of Honour which lists 1,956 Preston men who lost their lives during WWI. Unveiled in 1927, the Roll of Honour is located on the ground floor of the museum in two sections on both staircases.
Preston Grammar School Boys Memorial plaque - St John's Minster
This dark wooden plaque records the names of the Preston Grammar School Boys who fell during the Great War. This was originally hung in the school hall of the Preston Grammar School on Moor Park Avenue. When the school closed in 1967 the memorial was relocated to St John's Parish Church (Preston Minster). The memorial window, however, remains in the school building on Moor Park Avenue.
2nd Battalion of Loyal North Lancashire Great War Memorial - St John's Minster
This large brass plaque hangs in St John's Minster, commemorating the fallen of the 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the Great War.
St John's Parish Memorial - St John's Minster
This plaque is a memorial dedicated to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War.
St Wilfrid's War plaques - St Wilfrid's Parish
Inside St Wilfrid's Parish, on either side of the crucified Christ, are two marble memorial plaques, along with marble floor plaques. These plaques commemorate the fallen men of St Wilfrid's Parish and the old boys of Preston Catholic College in WWI and WWII.
Obelisk Monument - Avenham Park
Dedicated to the servicemen who died in the 1899 - 1902 Boer War, this monument sits overlooking Avenham Park. The monument stands at 25 feet, surrounded by flowers as well as the beautiful scenery of Avenham Park's Japanese Gardens.
Preston Pals Flower Bed - Miller Park
Located in Miller Park, the Preston Pals flora and fauna flower bed commemorates the fallen Prestonians from WWI. The Preston Pals were a group of men from Preston who volunteered to fight during WWI, also fighting later in 1917 Belgium.
Spy something extra
As well as these city centre memorials, there are a large number of memorials around the city. For more details on where to find these visit Preston Remembers - Preston Memorial Challenge.
Halewoods bookseller's family memorial - Friargate
This WWI scroll and bronze disc usually appears in the window of Preston's Halewood and Sons booksellers during Remembrance season. This commemorates the bookseller's family member.
Map addresses for Preston War Memorial Trail
Key trail points:
- Christchurch War Memorial - Preston Registration Office, PR1 8ND.
- Soldier's and Sailor's Free Buffet plaque - Preston Train Station, PR1 8AP.
- Preston Pals War Memorial - Preston Train Station, PR1 8AP.
- Leach Family WWII Thanksgiving Memorial - St George's Church, PR1 2NP.
- Stained glass window and plaque - St George's Church, PR1 2NP.
- Preston Cenotaph - Market Square, PR1 2PP.
- Roll of Honour - The Harris Museum, PR1 2PP.
- Preston Grammar School Boys Memorial Plaque - St John's Minster, PR1 3BT.
- 2nd Battalion of Loyal North Lancashire Great War Memorial - St John's Minster, PR1 3BT.
- St John's Parish Memorial - St John's Minster, PR1 3BT.
- St Wilfrid's War plaques - St Wilfrid's Parish, PR1 8BU.
- Obelisk Monument - Avenham Park, PR1 8JT.
- Preston Pals Flower Bed - Miller Park, PR1 8JT.