Category: Early Ashton

Old Lea Hall – a hint of Preston’s past

Although there are well over 300 grade two listed buildings and monuments in Preston’s parliamentary constituency, there are only three grade one listed buildings. This is well below the national average, with 2.5% of listed buildings on average being grade

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Why was a pub named after a gate?

How did the Lea Gate pub get its name? Well, the clue is in the question – and in the fact that this pub is on the outermost edge of Preston. According to this article by Geoff Gradwell, Preston’s western

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The French and the English: united in Lea?

Every day, hundreds of cars drive straight through Lea, the western tip of Preston, as they travel from Preston to towns such as Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and Kirkham. Despite its unassuming, suburban character, Lea has got a very long

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Snapshots of Ashton – 1786

Ashton in 1786 In this article we look at a map of the Preston area in 1786. In this article we will see what contemporary features were around in those days and see how things have changed. Ashton village It

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Surprisingly ancient Ashton

What are the roots of local place names? Much is made of the long history of Preston, but Ashton’s history stretches back almost as far. Both Preston and Ashton are mentioned in the Domesday book, William the Conqueror’s survey of

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