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is a city and the administrative centre of Lancashire, England.On the north bank of the River Ribble, it is an urban settlement and unparished area that together with surrounding rural civil parishes forms the City of Preston local government district of Lancashire.
The Angles established Preston; its name is derived from the Old English meaning "priest's settlement" and in the Domesday Book is recorded as "Prestune".
In the Middle Ages, Preston was a parish and township in the hundred of Amounderness and was granted a Guild Merchant charter in 1179, giving it the status of a market town.
Textiles have been produced since the mid-13th century when locally produced wool was woven in people's houses.
Flemish weavers who settled in the area in the 14th century helped develop the industry.
In the early-18th century, Edmund Calamy described Preston as "a pretty town with an abundance of gentry in it, commonly called Proud Preston".
Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the spinning frame, was born in the town.
The most rapid period of growth and development coincided with the industrialisation and expansion of textile manufacturing.
Preston was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, becoming a densely populated engineering centre, with large industrial plants.
The town's textile sector fell into terminal decline from the mid-20th century and Preston has subsequently faced similar challenges to other post-industrial northern towns, including deindustrialisation, economic deprivation and housing issues.
Preston is the seat of Lancashire County Council, houses the main campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and is home to Preston North End F.
C., a founder member of the Football League and the first English football champions.
Various other spellings occur in early documents: "Prestonam" (1094), "Prestone" (1160), "Prestona" (1160), "Presteton" (1180), and "Prestun" (1226).