The lamb is the Lamb of St Wilfred, who is the Patron Saint of Preston. The letters "PP" are taken to mean "Princeps Pacis", that is, Prince of Peace, or, as some would like it to be "Proud Preston" or "Priests Town". On an earlier Coats-of Arms the lamb was standing and three letter "P's" were depicted on it. The reason for the three letters was to give a general balance to the Coat-of-Arms, which in later years was changed to two to provide a more modern theme.
Time Line - A Thousand Years
Battle of Hastings, Preston is “given” to Roger de Poictou.
Doomsday book is written.
Roger de Poictou is expelled. Preston again becomes the
property of the crown.
Preston is granted a charter by Henry II. The charter includes the right to a Guild Merchant.
Robert the Bruce fired the town.
Preston is recorded as “being richer than any other city
or town in Lancashire."
Preston gains a system of government which remains (almost)
unchanged to this day.
The Charter of Elizabeth I documents the hope that Preston shall “remain the Borough of peace and tranquility for all future time”.
The Great Plague arrives in Preston and claims hundreds of
On 27th February 1644, the ‘Committee of both Kingdoms’ laid a post from London to Preston.
Royalists defeated at The Battle of Preston.
First detailed plan of Preston is created by Edward Kuerden.
Charles II amended Preston’s Charter.
Authur Devis – Preston’s most famous painter and
landscape artist is born.