Granted city status in 2002, Preston is one of England's newest cities. However the area's history dates back to Roman times when travelling legions set up a camp midway along the road between Luguvalium (Carlisle) and Mamucium (Manchester). Since then a lot has changed - the area has undergone hundreds of years of development through various periods of history. You may be forgiven for thinking that Preston has little surviving evidence of its history, however the fascinating comparisons in Preston Then & Now show that a lot has remained, as well as a great deal that has changed over the years.
John Gallington has written several books on his home city of Preston and has an extensive collection of old postcards of the area. He is also the biographer of Robert Pateson, the Preston photographer and scientist, has researched and documented the seven Catholic World War I memorials in Preston, and has written an outline history of the city's St. Walburge's church.