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Local Area Guide To Living In Preston

Preston is situated in the northwest of England, and is right in the centre of Lancashire. It received city status in 2002, making it the 50th city in England in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's sovereignty. Preston actually means 'priest's settlement' in Old English and was also mentioned in the Domesday Book. As King Henry II gave it the right to have a Guild Merchant when it was granted a royal charter, the Preston Guild has been celebrated every 20 years and is the only Guild that is still celebrated in the whole of the UK.

St Walburge's Church, built in the 19th century by Joseph Hansom, is a Grade I listed building and has the tallest spire that doesn't belong to a cathedral in the country. Harris Museum is another Grade I listed building, and has a vast array of textiles, artefacts and fine art on display. Nature lovers will enjoy a trip to the centrally located Avenham Park, as it features a beautiful Japanese Garden, as well as some truly historical structures such as The Swiss Chalet and The Belvedere Pavilion.


There are approximately 135,100 inhabitants in Preston, with a 50-50 split of males and females, while the population is projected to go up to 146,600 by 2033. 35.2% of people in Preston are aged under 25, which is significantly higher than the national figure which stands at 30.7%. Over 65s constitute only 14.1% of the population compared to the rest of the nation which is 16.5%.

83.7% of Preston residents were born in England, followed by 3.7% in India, 1.6% in Scotland and 1.3% in Pakistan. 89.8% are English speakers, while 3.2% speak Gujarati and 1.8% speak Polish. In terms of religion, 61% are Christian, 17.9% have no religion and 11.2% are Muslim. Married people make up 41.4% of the population, 11% cohabit with a member of the opposite sex, 0.8% live with a partner of the same sex and 30.2% are single and have never been married.


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, St Peter's Church of England Primary School and New Longton All Saints Church of England Primary are the highest rated primary schools, while Sherwood Primary School and Barton St Lawrence Church of England Primary School are also well respected. For secondary schooling, All Hallows Catholic High School has received high praise from Ofsted, as well as Archbishop Temple School, and Moor Park Business and Enterprise School. University of Central Lancashire is centrally located and offers many different courses for prospective students.


The Preston bypass is part of the M6, with a small part of it connecting to the M55. For journeys to Manchester, the M61 goes there via Bolton, while the M65 goes to Colne and the M55 goes to Blackpool. Long distance journeys to London can be made from Preston Railway Station, as well as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. There are 5 main bus operators in Preston, offering very reliable and frequent services. Blackpool Airport is the closest airport, and is only a 16-mile journey from the centre of Preston.

Local Shops & Amenities

Preston has a large retail base, with shopping centres such as St George's, where you can find an impressive 106 stores, cafés and restaurants. Fishergate Shopping Centre is also another popular destination for shopping, with stores such as Lush, Argos and Debenhams inside. Preston Market is an outdoor market that is also weather protected, and operates 52 weeks a year.

Baluga is a sophisticated cocktail bar located in the city centre, that also serve up some very appetising dishes, such as Portuguese beef brisket. Angels Restaurant is a charming place to dine out, with lovely deco and a fine menu to match.

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