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.

Here is our first Newsletter of 2023 We are planning lots of events this year which will start in March. You can find details on this website, in our next newsletter and on Eventbrite 

Due to the high number of requests we are delighted that the Trilogy of Talks by Susan Douglass. ‘A House Through Time: 5 Winckley Square’  will be repeated in the summer but in the evenings.

Our  Going on a date: City Centre datestone walk which is a lively, fun, interesting activity to do in Preston’s historic centre, for individuals and for families spanning the generations. Here is a link to the Datestone Locations but don’t cheat and download this  before you go on the walk – that would be far too easy! ENJOY.

Thinking of what to buy as a present? Why not a ‘Friend of Winckley Square Gift Voucher’ for lovers of local history. £5 and £10 vouchers are available that can be used on any of our guided walks or talks.

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