North West England extremes
|Highest maximum temperature||Carlisle||21.0|
|Lowest maximum temperature||St Bees Head||17.7|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Spadeadam||10.9|
|Highest maximum temperature||Gravesend||23.2|
|Lowest maximum temperature||Fair Isle||13.5|
|Lowest minimum temperature||Aviemore||6.6|
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Issued at: 0002 on Fri 29 Aug 2014
Location: 53.763, -2.7017
Altitude: 30m above mean sea level
Preston is located 220 miles north-west of London, approximately 27 miles north-west of Manchester and about 15 miles east of the coastal town of Blackpool.
The city lies mainly to the north of the River Ribble, while to the north of the settlement itself is the Forest of Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty.
While there is a lot of evidence of archaeology from the surrounding area from Roman and pre Roman times, the settlement was first recorded in the Domesday book (1086) as “Prestune”. It was granted a charter to be a market town in 1179 by King Henry II.
The city was the meeting point of opposing armies in 1648 during the English Civil War) and in 1715 during the Jacobite rebellion.
Textiles have been produced in Preston since the middle of the 13th century, when locally produced wool was woven in people’s houses. The industry grew and developed, particularly as part of the “cotton trade” into the main local employer until entering its period of major decline in the 20th century