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.

Our next event is Gala in the Gardens  , a spectacular FREE summer  event is happening in Winckley Square on 6 August 12noon to 4pm. It will be a fantastic day so bring friends and family – there is something for everyone. It is FREE because the event has been kindly sponsored by Preston City Council, Winckley Square CIC, Friends of Winckley Square and the following local business:- Barristers Chambers, 15 Winckley Square, Business Utilities, David Cox Architects,  Freshfield, Frank Whittle Partnership, Michael Bailey Estate Agent, Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants, Service Care Solutions, Winckley Square Residences. For more details see Eventbrite

Our  Going on a date: City Centre datestone walk  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. The reprint of this very popular City Centre Walk has been sponsored by Lancashire County Council. You can pick up a paper copy at the Avenham Pavilion Cafe, Town Hall, Harris Library, Central Methodist Church, Lune Street and some local shops.

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 our guided walks or talks.

Here is a link to our latest Newsletter May – July 2023 Issue 28 

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.

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


Three Georgian Christmases in Winckley Square 1813, 1824 &1836 NEW TALK

Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston PR1 2NL

7th December 2023 | 1:30 PM

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Winckley Square Christmas Concert

Winckley Square Gardens Winckley Square Preston PR1

10th December 2023 | 3:00 PM

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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!

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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