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  a link to our latest newsletter: Winckley Square Times: Issue 32: Summer 2024 It contains a great article by Michael Akers ” A MONUMENTAL DECISION: 14th EARL OF DERBY, EDWARD SMITH STANLEY 1799-1869″. Dates for your diary 14 Summer Friends of Winckley Square Guided Walks and Talks.  See Page 4 of the newsletter for more information. They are all on the Trybooking website

Thinking of buying a birthday present? Why not consider 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.

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. We are very grateful to Lancashire County Council for sponsoring a reprint of the walk.

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'


Winckley Square Festival

Winckley Square Gardens

17th August 2024 | 1:00 PM

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Edith Rigby Arrested
Guided Walk

From Prison to Citizenship: For the right to vote

Central Methodist Church Lune Street, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2NL

30th July 2024 | 2:00 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