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Preston Cenotaph - War Memorial

Preston Cenotaph on a sunny day.

Exceptional Grade I listed war memorial on Preston Flag Market...

The Preston Cenotaph is a sight to behold and a must visit for those searching for historical things to do or those with an interest in architecture. The structure is hard to miss, towering over Preston Flag Market outside the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

The Preston Cenotaph was designed by famous English architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed Britain's iconic red telephone box. After undergoing a restoration project in 2013, the memorial is now one of the most impressive free-standing war memorials in the country. With its scale and sophistication, the Cenotaph is a true architectural gem; standing proud in recognition of the some 2000 men tragically lost during the First World War.

Aside from the Cenotaph, there are also a number of other interesting memorials in and around Preston. You can see a detailed map of where to find these memorials by visiting Preston Remembers - Preston Memorial Challenge.

The Roll of Honour - Harris Museum & Art Gallery

After visiting the Preston Cenotaph, be sure to head across to the Harris Museum where you will find the Roll of Honour listing the 1,956 men in Preston who lost their lives.

The Roll of Honour is located on the ground floor in two sections on the staircases facing the entrance door. The names are inscribed on marble tablets and begin with the men of the Royal Navy listed in alphabetical order, followed by the regiments in alphabetical order.

For those looking to delve deeper into the lives of individuals affected by the First World War, why not take a self-guided tour to uncover pieces of local history for yourself by downloading and following your chosen walk.

Map address for Preston Cenotaph

Preston Flag Market, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT.