and gives a great picture of maritime life as it was then.This is one series that deserves to be shown on TV again, instead of rerunning the same 1970's and 80's series over and over again. 1179 Preston is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights). Preston is a small market town with perhaps 1,500 people. We hope that you have enjoyed looking back up to 50 years ago. Preston Foster was great as the tugboat captain.Most of it was shot on location, on ships, on the waterfront,dock areas, salvage yards, etc. Albert Edward Dock opened in 1892 - at that time it was the largest single dock in the country. By the 1960s the port held the record for the handling the largest amount of container and ferry traffic. Hotels near Preston Docks: (1.35 mi) No.10 Preston (2.29 mi) Lea Gate Hotel (3.09 mi) Willow Cottage Bed and Breakfast (3.87 mi) Premier Inn Preston South (Craven Drive) hotel (3.90 mi) Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel; View all hotels near Preston Docks on Tripadvisor Early Preston. New black and white photos show the many faces of the groups that arrived to fill Britain's labour market after WWII from all over the world - from the Caribbean to India to Somalia. Makes you feel old doesn’t it? c. 1260 Franciscan friars (called Grey friars because of the colour of their costume) arrive in Preston. In 1948 the dock was the first to introduce roll on roll off traffic. Nostalgic 1960’s/70’s Preston revealed in pictures series: Part 2 can be viewed here and Part 4 here s/s Rex, Preston Docks The Rex called at the port several times in the 50's and 60's