is a city and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England.

On the north bank of the River Ribble, it is an urban settlement and unparished area that together with surrounding rural civil parishes forms the City of Preston local government district of Lancashire.

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In the Middle Ages, Preston was a parish and township in the hundred of Amounderness and was granted a Guild Merchant charter in 1179, giving it the status of a market town.

Textiles have been produced since the mid-13th century when locally produced wool was woven in people's houses.

Flemish weavers who settled in the area in the 14th century helped develop the industry.

In the early-18th century, Edmund Calamy described Preston as "a pretty town with an abundance of gentry in it, commonly called Proud Preston".

CCTV with automatic number plate recognition had also been erected to keep track of vehicles flouting the rules.

Cllr Cunningham claimed no checks were being done and so drivers were continuing to use Church Road.

RESIDENTS are demanding a solution to three years of rail construction traffic which has brought them to the end of their tether.

They claim railway workers are using residential streets in Farnworth as an access point for a Network Rail electrification hub off St Peter’s Way 24 hours a day.

He heard claims that vehicles of all sizes belonging to the contractors Carillion and their sub-contractors were waking them up at 3am, travelling over speed bumps at high speed and causing damage to houses and footpaths.