Interesting facts about Preston

If you’re moving to Preston this September to study at UClan, we have some interesting facts about our city.

Preston has the longest row of red phone boxes.

The famous row of red public telephone boxes lined along Preston’s Market Street is actually known as the longest row of these old-style phone boxes in the country.

Red Phone Boxes on Market Street

It was the birthplace of the UK’s motorway network

The Preston By-pass, which is now part of the M6, was built in 1958 and was the first British road to be built to motorway standards. It was a little over eight miles long and ran from Bamber Bridge to Broughton.

 Its football team were the first ‘Invincibles’

Preston North End may not be thought of as a giant of English football today, but they won the league and FA Cup in 1889 without losing a game all season. Only Arsenal have completed a top-division league campaign unbeaten since.

PNE Invincibles

The Word ‘Teetotal’ Was Created in Preston

In 1833, early nineteenth-century Prestonian Joseph Livesey founded The Preston Temperance Society, and soon afterwards the term ‘teetotal’ was born. In fact, Preston’s 1859 Abstinence Memorial in the city’s Cemetery has been awarded Grade-II listed status.

The first KFC outside North America was built in Preston

In May 1965, Prestonians became the first people outside the US and Canada to tuck into Kentucky Fried Chicken. Today, there are three KFCs in central Preston.

KFC in Preston

Preston is also home to the Walker&Williams luxury aparthotel group, if you would like to stay at No.10 Preston, click on the book now button below.

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