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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

APOLLO INN, 34 North Road

APOLLO INN
45 (Later 151) North Road
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Described in Kelly's 1905 Directory as "Apollo Wine and Spirit Stores'.
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I have often travelled on the Holme Slack bus (pictured) to visit my grand-mother who lived near the home of Preston North End. I well remember this inn, and the Craven Heifer opposite, on what was a rather complicated junction of roads.
It was the point where the present North Road split, with Park Road forking to the left and North Road continuing into the town centre.
MINE HOSTS
Pre-1837           Thomas Lowe
1835 - 43          Septimus Blackhurst 
1851                  Richard Fairclough
1853 - 54          John Horn
1857                  Robert Riley
1861 - 65           Edward Yates
1871 - 77          William Davis
1878 - 83          George Gaunt (wife, Mary, died 19.1.1881 aged 41 years)
1883 - 88          Thomas Cartmell
1888                  John Wilkins
1888 - 89          Robert Oldham
1889                  Ellen Gregson
1889 - 94          Henry Turner
1894                 Lawrence Hodgson
1895                 James Campbell
1896                William Sharples (A licensed victualler from Lune Street. I think he owned the property /
                                                                                    business until at least 1901)
1896 - 1924     James Mercer  -  1924 listed as "Apollo Wine and Spirit Stores"
1926 - 27         Joseph Singleton
1932                Joseph Carter
1936                John Frankland
1944                Joseph Thompson
1948                James Hall

Until 1877 the property was owned by the Trustees of the late Miles Myers,
a former mayor in the town. It was sold in that year to the sitting tenant,
William Davis. A year later Davis sold it to George Gaunt.
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Preston Chronicle  18th February 1837
Obviously it had to be before this date that LOWE was at the
Apollo Inn. In fact, according to the above notice it was his most
recent location.  He was earlier at the Mitre in Fishergate.
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Preston Chronicle  18th May 1844

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Preston Guardian  25th October 1851
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Preston Chronicle  26th June 1852
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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
Septimus Blackhurst                     50 years                   Innkeeper
Jane Blackhurst                            50                            Wife
Henrietta Blackhurst                     20                            Daughter
Mary Townsend                           55 
Ann Lingart                                  15                             
Jane Lingart                                   5

1861
Edward Yates                              37 years                   Publican                      b. Preston
Ellen Yates                                   38                            Wife                                  do
Thomas Yates                              19                            Son                                   do

1871
William Davis                               26 years                  Innkeeper                   b. Edgerley, Shropshire
Margaret Davis                            36                           Wife                           b. Salmesbury

1881
George Gaunt                             49 years                   Publican                      b. Northwich
Mary Gaunt                                24                            Daughter                     b. Preston
Sarah Gaunt                                22                           Daughter                              do
John Gaunt                                 18                            Son                                      do
William Gaunt                             16                            Son                                      do
George B. Gaunt                         14                           Son                                     do
Thomas Gaunt                             11                           Son                                     do
Alfred Cordon                             19                           Step-son                    b. Manchester
Rachel Cordon                            17                           Step-daughter                      do
Anne Cordon                              15                            Step-daughter                     do

1891
Henry Turner                              41 years                  Publican                      b. Walton-le-dale
Jane Turner                                 42                          Wife                            b. Preston
Elizabeth Turner                          10                           Daughter                            do
Robert Turner                              8                            Son                                    do
Henry Turner                               6                            Son                                    do
Paul Turner                                  1                            Son                                    do

1901
James Mercer                            36 years                   Publican                      b. Preston
Ann Mercer                               41                            Wife                                   do
Mary A. Mercer                          6                            Daughter                             do

1911
James Mercer                           45 years                    Publican                     b. Preston
Ann Mercer                              52                            Wife / Assistant                   do
Mary Alice Mercer                   17                        Daughter / Milliner                   do
Kate Boyle                               18                         Domestic Servant                   do
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