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Monday, 23 January 2012

ALBERT HOTEL, 82/84 Fishergate.

ALBERT HOTEL
82 - 84  Fishergate
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Prior to 1858 this establishment was known as "North House," and in 1866 in the Preston Chronicle it was referred to ,probably erroneously as the "Prince Albert Hotel"
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MINE HOSTS:
1851                Robert Whalley  -  as "North House"  -  Owned by Thomas Ladyman.
1852 - 53        William Parker
1857                Edward Briggs
1858 - 63        William Crook   (Had gone to the Red Lion, Church Street, by Oct. 24th 1863)
                                                 The first reference to "Albert Hotel" was after W.C. had taken over.
1865 - 66        Thomas Swift
1866 - 68        John Hayes
1869                James Whittle
1870 - 72        John Hayes
1873 - 74        Jane Gladhill
1873 - 74        Miss Price
1901                Herbert W. Smith  -  back to being a hotel.
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NORTH HOUSE & COMMERCIAL HOTEL
FISHERGATE, PRESTON
EDWARD BRIGGS begs to inform his friends and the public
generally that he has taken and entered upon the above 
commodious and conveniently situated hotel, where he
respectfully solicits their patronage.
He will always endeavour, by having on hand, the best of
fare for his guests, to merit their favours.
The house is within two minutes walk of the railway station, 
and within the same distance of the Town Hall, so that it is
well situated for commercial gentlemen and others.
WINES and SPIRITS of the best quality, Home-brewed Ale,
as well as bitter and pale ale also from the most noted
houses; porter, &c.
A good commercial room, capital stabling, &c.
Preston Chronicle 6th June 1857
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Preston Chronicle 6th November 1858 "SALE BY AUCTION - by Mr Richard Duckett, at the house of Mr William Crook, the Albert Hotel (late North House), Fishergate, Preston, on Tueday 16th November 1858"
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Preston Guardian  20th November 1858
Sim Reeves was connected to opera, but I can't find
anything to connect it to the Theatre Royal across the
street from the Albert Hotel.
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FOR SALE - And may be seen at Mr Thomas Swift's, the ALBERT HOTEL, Fishergate, Preston, a dark brown MARE, 6 years old; a piebald ARABIAN STALLION, 5 years old, 13 hands high, with a set of suitable HARNESS; 3 Shetland MARES, 9 hans high; one COLT 2 years old; and one very handsome lemon and white COLT, 2 years old.  - Preston Chronicle 6th January 1866. (Advert)
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JOHN HAYES, Plaster &c.
Fleet Street, Preston.
RETURNS has sincere thanks to his numerous friends, and the public generally, for the patronage so liberally bestowed upon him, and begs to inform that in consequence of entering into the proprietorship of the Albert Hotel, Fishergate, he has disposed of his business to his foremen, Mr. Hunter, and Mr. MacKinnon, whom he can confidently recommend, feeling satiusfied that their long experience in trade, combined with prompt attention to all orders they may be favoured with, will merit for them a continuence of the favours bestowed upon himself,    Preston Chronicle 7th April 1866 (Advert)
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Preston Chronicle  28th December 1867
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MISS PRICE
Late PRINCIPAL BARMAID for upwards of four years at the Red Lion Hotel, Preston.
BEGS to inform her Friends and the Public that she has entered upon the ALBERT HOTEL,  Fishergate, Preston, with a choice selection of WINES and SPIRITS, and hopes by strict attention to Business to merit their support.
CHOPS AND STEAKS on the SHORTEST NOTICE.
WELL-AIRED BEDS &c.
Preston Chronicle 4th October 1873
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TO BE LET, the ALBERT HOTEL, Fishergate - This desirable and centrally situated Family and Commercial Hotel will, in consequence of the retirement from business of the present proprietress, to let, with possession on the 1st May next. Situated in the main thoroughfare of the town, and within 150 yards of the North Railway Station, and also in close proximity to the Banks, Post Office, Theatre, and other important centres of business. This offers an opportunity seldom to be met with of entering at once into a lucrative and profitable business. By arrangement, possession may be had at once. Principals only will be treated with, and every facility will be given to parties desirous of inspecting the premises; and full and satisfactory reason given for the present tenant leaving, upon application, on the premises, or to Mr. Jabez B Jones, Estate Agent, Preston.   Preston Chronicle  5th April 1873.
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Preston Chronicle  23rd August 1873 
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Preston Chronicle 2nd September 1876
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Preston Chronicle 2nd September 1876    "..........the Albert Hotel has been discontinued; one part of it is now occupied as the Custom House, and the other portion by Mr. Walmsley, Painter &c.

In the same article, an Ed Barber applied for a provisional licence for the premises, but he was a day late with his application, and so it wasn't granted. This was a NEW 'Albert Hotel' in a street to be called 'Bold Street'. In the event, when built, it was called Guildhall Street.

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Preston Chronicle  2nd July 1881
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CENSUS RETURNS:
1861
William Crook        47 years          Hotel Keeper        b. Blackburn
Margaret Crook     42                   Wife                      b. Fishwick
John James Crook   5                    Son                       b. Preston
Henry Smith Crook  3                   Son                                do
....... Charles Crook  4 mths          Son                                do

1871
John Hayes              39 years        Licensed Victualler  b. Walton-le-Dale
Elizabeth Hayes       40                  Wife                       b. Preston
Mary Jane Hayes     10                 Daughter                         do
Alice Ann Hayes       3                  Daughter                         do

1881

1891

1901
Herbert W. Smith    53 years         Hotel Proprietor      b. Sherriff Hutton, Yorkshire
Emma Smith            50                  Wife                        b. Huddersfield
Horace Henry Smith 48     Brother / Boots Assistant     b. Hill Top, Stafford
Emma Hornbuckle   25                 Chambermaid          b. Longleton, Notts.
Alice M. Gardner    15                  Kitchenmaid            b. Howick, Lancs.
Mary Ellen Wilson   25                  Laundress               b. Maryport, Cumberland
Fanny Tompkins     21                  Waitress                  b. Wales
Joseph Gregson      26                  Hotel Boots             b. Southport
William J. Brown    25                  Visitor                     b. Ireland

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