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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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The 18-year-old nursery worker wrote how a man in his 30s approached her at a petrol station saying, "You're beautiful, put the window down, I wanna talk to you" 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.
GOALS: Billing (4 mins og), Borrows (39 mins), Le Tissier (49 mins) BOOKINGS: Dodd (foul), Peake (foul) REFEREE: I Hendrick (Walton-le-Dale) ATTENDANCE: 10, 040
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.
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.
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.
Fr John Cribben was found dead on the floor of Our Lady and St Patrick's Church in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire.
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.