Millers Cycles off North Road Preston in 1953. Pic, Preston Digital Archive.

Preston in 1953, the final year of the coronation

Watercolor by N Keith Scott circa 1960, Pic. Preston Digital Archive.

For the primary time in seventy years, 2023 might be a crowning yr. What did Preston seem like within the remaining coronation yr of 1953?


Notably, it was an period of austerity and post-war reconstruction. Many areas had not modified because the despair of the Thirties and mass demolition was nonetheless sooner or later. Many Victorian buildings had been in use and small native garages nonetheless offered rationed gasoline. Nonetheless, rationing of sugar and sweets resulted in 1953.

Storage Stan Marks, with classic pumps

Stan Marks garage in 1953, Pic Preston digital archive.
Stan Marks storage in 1953, Pic Preston digital archive.

Previous analogue dial, Esso petrol pumps nonetheless adorn the doorway to Stan Marks Storage, on this view from 1953. The constructing nonetheless stands on Garstang Highway. Nonetheless, the ornamentation above the doorways has disappeared, however the alternating pillars of stone and brick stay. Gasoline is now not offered from right here.

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Stan Marks Garage today, photo.  Google Maps.
Stan Marks Storage at present, picture. Google Maps.

Smoke and dirt

Mount Pleasant West, Preston 1950, Pic Lancashire Post.
Mount Nice West, Preston 1950, Pic Lancashire Put up.

Remarkably, the picture above was taken in 1950. Subsequently, the homes had been demolished in 1953. This scene appears extra just like the Nineteenth century than the twentieth. The {photograph} appears south in the direction of Ladywell Avenue. These are previous hand weavers cottages and households would have lived within the cramped cellars.

After London’s killer smogs of the Nineteen Fifties, the Clear Air Act was launched in 1956. This successfully banned using coal in city areas. Not a second to see you quickly, judging by the smoky environment of the picture.

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The 1953 coronation

A vibrant spot within the post-war gloom was the coronation of Elizabeth II. Avenue events had been the order of the day and right here we see a celebration on Whittingham Avenue, Preston. One other level to notice was the truth that the coronation was televised.

Whittingham Street Party, Preston.  Queen's Coronation Celebrations 1953, Pic Preston digital archive.
Whittingham Avenue Occasion, Preston. Queen’s Coronation Celebrations 1953, Pic Preston digital archive.

Curiously, Coronation was an enormous driver of tv gross sales with slightly below a million 5 hundred thousand licenses issued in 1952, up from two million 100 thousand in 1953. Nonetheless, it was not the primary Coronation to be televised. The model new BBC tv service broadcast GVI’s coronation in 1937.

The pre-war BBC tuning indicator, Pic BBC

Millers and Babytown Cycles

Millers Cycles off North Road Preston in 1953. Pic, Preston Digital Archive.
Millers Cycles off North Highway Preston in 1953. Pic, Preston Digital Archive.

One other type of transportation is proven on this view of Millers Cycles, later Invoice Head Bikes. Subsequent door was a stroller retailer generally known as Babytown. The shop was simply off North Highway on Hardwicke Avenue. This space is now below the Penny Avenue car parking zone.

For some purpose, three little streets on this neighborhood, lengthy gone, had been renamed within the mid-Nineteenth century. Dewhurst Avenue turned Hardwicke Avenue, James Avenue turned Penny Avenue and Kirkham Avenue turned Brownlow Avenue.

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