In 2002, the Lancashire town of Preston was granted city status. During the industrial period in Britain, Preston was a textile town, with many of the original textiles produced still surviving as local Preston antiques today. Following the industrial period, Preston’s wealthy status declined somewhat – but it has seen economic growth of late with many large companies choosing to make the new city their headquarters.
Currently Preston is home to 185,000 residents, and is under constant redevelopment, both from a commercial and a residential standpoint. With so many residents, and so many antique lovers, the antique furniture scene in Preston is a busy one.
Though it might only have been declared a city in modern times, Preston is rich in history and it will not take too much searching of its quaint shops to uncover antique desks, bookcases, antique chests and other antique pieces from not only Lancashire, but all across the world.
One of Preston’s many claims to fame is that it is home to the tallest church spire in all of England; the spire at St Walburge’s Church. The church, because of its tall spire, is very popular for weddings between couples from all over Lancashire.
Preston North End is probably one of Preston’s most famous ‘antiques’, being founding members of the football league in 1888. This particular Preston antique were also the first winners of the football league in the inaugural 88-89 season, for which they were awarded the honour of being one of only three clubs in England to be permitted to wear their home kit at all times.