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Avenham Conservation Area


Summary of Special Interest

  • A mixture of fine Georgian town houses in the south and south west dating from the early to mid-nineteenth century, stepped back from the pavement to allow light to cellars, and smaller middle class terraced houses in the east with some of the same architectural features
  • A large number of buildings and monuments listed or of local architectural or historic interest
  • Traditional craftsmanship embodied in original building materials and architectural features
  • Visual harmony resulting from use of a limited palette of natural building materials of brick and slate roofs and a limited variety of styles, particularly in the terraced streets
  • Hard and soft landscaped spaces and historic street surfaces in parts of the Conservation Area enhancing the environment
  • Attractive views across the Ribble valley
  • Green open space and historic park structures provided by the more formal Grade II listed Avenham and Miller Parks, which include Avenham Walk, as well as the private gardens of Bank Parade; the riverside walk; Avenham and Miller Parks have been described as being amongst the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the northwest of England; more informal parkland to Frenchwood Knoll

Designated: 1975 extended 1984, 1992 and 2009

Area: 35 Hectares

Article 4 Direction in Place: Yes.

Avenham Conservation area article 4 (PDF) [149KB] can be downloaded here. 

Conservation area appraisal

Section 69 (2) of the Act imposes a duty on local authorities to review their conservation areas from time to time and Section 71 requires local authorities to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas.

Avenham Conservation Area was designated by Preston Borough Council in 1975 and the boundaries were amended in 1984 and again in 1992.

The Avenham Conservation area appraisal (PDF) [3MB] was updated and expanded on the previous appraisal carried out in 1996.

Google Map

You can download a PDF version of Avenham Conservation Area map (PDF) [688KB]

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