Summary of Special Interest

  • The location of the historic core of Preston for over 800 years and location for major civic events
  • The site of the major civic buildings of the 19th century and early 20th century - Harris Museum (Grade I), Sessions House (Grade II*), Town Hall and former Head Post Office (Grade II)
  • Market Square forms the setting for the Cenotaph and restored Market Obelisk

Designated: 1984 Extended 1994 and 2009

Area: 4.5 Hectares

Article 4 Direction in place: No

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.

Icon for pdf The Market Square Conservation Area appraisal [3.81MB] was designated by Preston Borough Council in 1984 and amended in 1994. This appraisal updates and expands on the previous appraisal carried out in 1996.

This includes a change of name from the Market Square to the Market Place Conservation Area which is more historically accurate as this is the name that appears on the historic plans of the area.

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You can download a PDF version of the Icon for pdf Market Place Conservation area appraisal [649.67KB] here.