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Preston Guild City

About Preston's History

The history of Preston comprises of a fascinating, rich and diverse collection of defining moments and events...

The date of 1179 is the important year in which the town received Guild status, and 2002 is the year that Preston gained city status as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Preston's history runs long and deep, providing the foundation for today's modern thriving city along with its growing reputation as a major retail and administrative centre for Lancashire and the North West.

The city has made many important contributions to the history and heritage of the region over the last millennium, with plenty of evidence for this in its landscape, buildings, written and oral records, and museum collections.

Discover more of Preston's history whilst out and about on one of Preston's walks and tours.