Welcome to Preston’s Wonderful Winckley Square

Welcome to ‘Preston’s Hidden Gem’. Winckley Square is in the city centre, a short stroll from Fishergate. It is unique and one of the finest examples of a Georgian square in the NW with a compelling history.

This website aims to take you on a journey in time and place, and to share with you the Square’s heritage, keep you up-to-date with events and invite you to engage with us to enjoy and preserve the Gardens for future generations.

Here is a link to our latest newsletter, issue 24: May / June 2022. In this newsletter  you will find lots of exciting events including a new Trilogy of Talks by Susan Douglass. ‘A House Through Time: 5 Winckley Square’. Susan’s research was inspired by a TV series with the same name. The proceeds of these three talks will support the Ukrainian Refugee Children relocated with their families to Preston. The first talk was on 13th June, the second is 11th July and the third 1st August. All are at 2pm at the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street who are very kindly offering their premises FOC to support this cause.

The Friends of Winckley Square look forward to seeing you at one of our events. 

Kids and teacher running through Winckley Square in Preston
Local schoolchildren were the first to run through the Square when it was reopened.

Visitor Information

Here you will find important information on how to get here, accessibility and how to hire the Gardens.

Find out more

For all events see 'What's On' & 'Walks and Talks'


Edith Rigby, second from the left, walking on a Pier

Edith Rigby, second from the left, walking on a Pier

Meet some of the former residents: the wealthy lawyers and cotton manufacturers, the sometimes invisible ‘extraordinary women’ and the unsung servants on whom the owners depended.

Minnie as a young woman

Minnie as a young woman

Learn too of scandalous stories that occurred behind closed doors!

Visit our people page


The Winckley Club & The Literary and Philosophical Institute of 1846


Read the fascinating stories of some of the properties. Buildings designed as homes later transformed into schools educating almost 2,000 pupils in their heyday.

View our historical buildings