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Preston Listen/ˈprɛstən/ is a city and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England, located on the north bank of the River Ribble. It is an urban settlement and unparished area that when combined with surrounding rural civil parishes forms the City of Preston local government district of Lancashire. The whole district obtained city status in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
Post townPRESTON
Administrative CountyLancashire
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD5329
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01772
Population114,300 (ONS, June 2008)

Other names by which Preston has been known in the past

Presten ~ Preston in Andernesse ~ Prestune

Preston in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Preston.-- parl. and mun. bor., par. and township, port, and manufacturing and market town, N. Lancashire, on Lancaster Canal and on river Ribble, near the head of its estuary, 28 miles NE. of Liverpool, 31 NW. of Manchester, and 209 from London by rail - par., 16,116 ac., pop. 98,783; township, 2127 ac., pop. 91,578; mun. bor. (including Preston and Fishwick townships), 3721 ac., pop. 96,537; parl. bor., pop. 100,262; 4 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Preston (originally Priest's-town) was the birthplace of Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), famous for his inventions in cotton-spinning, and is one of the principal seats in Lancashire of the cotton mfr., which was introduced in 1777, and gradually superseded the linen mfr., the former staple trade of the town; it has also iron and brass foundries, engineering and machine works, and steam-boiler works. Preston superseded Ribchester as the port of the Ribble, was constituted an independent port in 1843, and has a considerable coasting trade; its facilities as a port will be greatly increased by the deepening and diversion of the Ribble, the construction of a wet dock, two graving docks and a timber pond, and the erection of warehouses - works estimated to cost £800,000. Roman coins and Saxon ware have been found in the neighbourhood of Preston, which was the scene of the defeat of the Scots under Hamilton by Cromwell in 1648, and of the surrender of the Jacobite forces in 1715. It received its first charter of incorporation from Henry II., and obtained parliamentary representation in the 23d of Edward I. It returns 2 members to Parliament. The parliamentary limits were extended in 1885, so as to include such parts of the municipal borough as were beyond the parliamentary borough, the local government district of Fulwood, and so much of the township of Lea, Ashton, Ingol, and Cottam, and of the township of Penwortham, as will be added to the municipal borough on the 1st of June 1889, by virtue of the "Ribble Navigation and Preston Dock Act, 1883".

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