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Preston Dock

Preston Dock was opened in 1892 by the Queen's second eldest son, Prince Albert, and was named the Albert Edward Dock.


A barge carrying limestone at Preston Dock.  Buildings can be seen in the background
Barge Carrying Limestone at Preston Dock

When it was built, it was the largest single dock in the country and carried cargoes such as timber, coal and cotton.  Boats from the dock also took day trippers and holiday makers to Blackpool, the Isle of Man and North Wales.


Discussion Ideas:

  • What can you find out about the Dock from the photograph?
  • What changes in transport happened in Victorian times?
  • How did these changes affect the everyday lives of people?