Miller Arcade Is One Of The Most Beautiful Buildings In Preston.
Built in 1899 Miller Arcade sits at the top of Fishergate and Church Street. The building was built by Nathaniel Miller a local Preston Councilor and qualified dentist. The arcade’s design was inspired by the Burlington Arcade in London.
Miller Arcade Preston was Preston’s first indoor shopping. The upper three floors were a hotel with a spa in the basement for the hotel guests to enjoy. The site is sat on an exact acre or 43,560sq ft.
The ground floor shopping arcade has struggled to attract good quality shops in the past but that is now changing with Subway, French Connection, Rohan and very recently a new health bar called The Health Shack and at the other end of the scale a new dessert only restaurant called Branch.
The Upper Floors
You enter a surprisingly (and slightly disappointingly discreet) side door on Lancaster Road and find yourself in a small hallway with a very small lift and staircase that take you to the upper floors. The banister is original and tells to the ornate beauty of the original design. The balustrade is also original and just as beautiful, although damaged and missing in places.
Once up the stairs to the 1st floor you find yourself staring down a very long corridor. There are four sides to each floor, two identical corridors to the one pictured above and two similar but shorter ones. Although most of the original interior has been ruthlessly ripped out you can still see some of the original door frame on the left door way. The picture above also gives you some idea of the true scale of this huge, beautiful building.
Sadly no rooms survived the rip out that was carried out. The room pictured above is a typical room in the building. Although all the finishing details like the skirting boards, the architrave and mouldings have been removed. You still get a feel for the grand jour the room once had with the double high ceilings and the beautiful double high original sash windows. Every room in the building is light, spacious and must have been a pleasure to stay in.
Views From The Roof
Once you have climed three flights you will find yourself on the roof of Miller Arcade Preston. On the roof there are two very large rooms that face each other. One runs along the Northern side of the building and the other running along the south side. The views from the roof are excellent (but could be improved if some trees were pruned) as you can see in the picture below.
The Picture above shows Fishergate from the top floor of Miller Arcade Preston. In this picture you can appreciate some of the other beautiful buildings in Preston City Centre. Including the building to the left that currently houses Waterstones Book Shop and the building opposite Waterstones.
Your Room Awaits You,