Transported to Victorian-era Preston, the town thrived amidst a booming population centered around the town square and 700 public houses. Illuminated by gas lamps and patrolled by night watchmen, Preston established its first police force in 1836 under Sir Robert Peel. Development flourished, with the population multiplying eightfold during the 19th century. Sanitation and water supply saw improvements with the construction of a sewerage system and piped water.
Preston's history boasted significant events, like the Battle of Preston in 1715, while literary giant Charles Dickens paid a visit in 1867, immortalizing the town in his works. Traversing old Preston evoked a sense of connection, with several longstanding buildings like Thos. Yates Jewellers on Cheapside, catering to the bustling trade. Preston's pride as an industrial hub expanded further with the arrival of the railway in 1838, offering newfound opportunities for the locals.