Jacobite Battle of Preston Anniversary wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

15 July 2015

Preston City Council has received £49,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, The Last Battle on English Soil – Commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Preston 1715.

Three hundred years ago, in November 1715, Government and Jacobite armies fought through the streets of Preston in a battle that might have changed history. The anniversary project will raise awareness of the battle and its brutal aftermath, culminating in a series of events in November.

The first events take on Saturday 18 July in Preston city centre and at Hoghton Tower on 18 and 19 July, where people can find out more about the Battle and meet re-enactors from both Jacobite and Government armies.

Commenting on the HLF award, Councillor Veronica Afrin, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Preston has a fascinating heritage, but not enough people are aware of how significant the city is historically. The 1715 Battle could have changed the course of British history. This project will reveal the stories of the battle that at the moment are hidden in archives, museums and the modern streets.”

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