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city (1985 est. pop. 29,100), Lancashire, N England. There are engineering works and textile and paper industries. An 11th-century church was rebuilt in 1748. Oliver CromwellCromwell, Oliver
, 1599–1658, lord protector of England. Parliamentary General

The son of a gentry family, he entered Cambridge in 1616 but probably left the next year.
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's headquarters before the battle of Preston (1648) were in the city.
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Det Con Paul Kellett said the footage backed up "word for word" the "meek and mild" cabbie's account of the assault in Walton-le-Dale, Lancs.
Ian Davies, prosecuting, told how it was close to the end of the first half of the game between Birkdale United FC and Walton-le-Dale FC on October 16, last year, when violence erupted.
Paul Evans, of Walton-le-Dale, Preston, was so convinced the man "humiliated" him at a meeting, he invented an email exchange designed to destroy his reputation.
Her disgusted parents ordered the boss from the family home in Walton-le-Dale, Lancs.
Fr John Cribben was found dead on the floor of Our Lady and St Patrick's Church in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire.
On Sunday the Chernobyl 10k takes place at Walton-le-Dale, Preston, while the Northern Senior Indoor Championships are scheduled for Sheffield on the same day with several local athletes in the starting list.
Hot spots will be the Tickled Trout, Clitheroe Park, Ribchester and Walton-le-Dale.
For now, we'll have to settle for the fact that 25-year-old Salya, of Walton-le-Dale, Lancs, has been banned from acting as a company director for 14 years.
Good mixed fishing around Walton-le-Dale thanks to chub, roach and dace.
The Under-10s side managed by Darren Brown have also won their league,clinching the Mid-Lancs Colts League Premier Division Champi-onship following a 1-0 win over Walton-le-Dale.
RIVER RIBBLE: Walton-le-Dale is the most reliable at this time of year and if levels do rise there is some slack water available.
Roach, dace and chub are also catchable at Walton-le-Dale near Preston but it can be busy during the last couple of weekends.