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Saturday, 28 January 2012

BEAR'S PAW, 38 Church Street

BEAR'S PAW
38 Church Street
This house changed its' name in the 19th century to The Grapes Inn - about 1881.
In the 20th century it had several names, and late in the century became
the Bear's Paw yet again.
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MINE HOSTS:
1818                 Benjamin Paley
1824 - 31         Henry Hammond
1840 - 41         Henry Taylor
1850 - 59         James Sharrock
1859 - 61         Matthew Worsley
1865                John Yates
1866                Thomas Standing
1866                Timothy Swarbrick
1869 - 71        Thomas Smith
1871 - 73        Mrs Agnes Smith
1874               Christopher Alston
1874               Jonathan Dearden
1877 - 79        Miles Ratcliffe
1879 - 87        James Mason
1888 - 91        Joshua Yates   - owner
1894 - 95        Alice Yates    - then became owner
1897               Thomas Wilson
1898 - 99        William Riley   -   In 1898 Boardman's United Brewery became the owners.
1899 - 1905    John Robert Brindle
1907               Robert Gibson
1909 - 10       John Renshaw
1913 - 17       Joseph Hesford
1926 - 27       Annie Saul
1932 - 36       Ann Horsfield
1940               Robert Doyle
1944               George Lunt
1948               William A. Seager
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Preston Chronicle  29th August 1840
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It would seem from this advert that Henry Hammond still owned the Bear's Paw in 1843
He had been the landlord there some years earlier. I think, also, that he was a
builder who, possibly had built houses in the area - consider 'Hammond's Row'.
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Preston Chronicle  14th October 1843
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This occurred long after Henry Hammond had left
the 'Bear's Paw, but is interesting, nevertheless:
Preston Chronicle  21st July 1849
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 Preston Chronicle 9th May 1857
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Preston Chronicle 12th March 1859
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Preston Chronicle 19th March 1859
Preston Chronicle 5th October 1861
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Preston Chronicle 27th December 1862
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Preston Chronicle  6th May 1865
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Preston Chronicle 2nd September 1865
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Preston Chronicle 27th February 1869
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Preston Chronicle 5th February 1870
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Also, in 1870, the Bear's Paw had been described by the police as
'a resort of thieves'.
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NOTES:
The Bear's Paw' has some wooden beams dating back to 1707, but the
building is older than that. During building work in 1987 some Tudor
brickwork was exposed, and it was incorporated into the alterations.
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Around 1760 it is known that it was the 'Landed Owners' Gentry Club,'
when members drank gin and water, and smoked church-warden pipes.
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It is thought that the cellars at the back were once used by Matthew Brown
Brewery to produce Lion Ales.
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Taken from the P.N.E. Handbook of the 1898 - 99 Season
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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
Henry Taylor                      60 years                       Publican
Grace Taylor                      50                                Wife

1861
Matthew Worsley              45 years                        Innkeeper                 b. Salmesbury
Jane Worsley                     31                                 Wife                         b. Myerscough
Martha Worsley                  4                                  Daughter                  b. Walton
Mary Worsley                     1                                  Daughter                  b. Preston
Joseph Worsley                   7 months                      Son                                  do
Catherine Worsley             25                                  Servant                    b. Salmesbury
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1871
Thomas Smith                   39 years                         Innkeeper                 b. Penwortham
Agnes Smith                     37                                  Wife                         b. Burton, Westmoreland
Thomas Smith                   9                                    Nephew                   b. Preston

1881
James Mason                   53 years                        Publican                     b. Rufford
Eliza Mason                     52                                  Wife                          b. Preston
Elizabeth Mason               26                                  Daughter                            do
Ann Mason                      23                                  Daughter                            do
Mary Jane Mason            19                                  Daughter                            do
Eliza Mason                     12                                  Daughter                            do
Maria Mason                    7                                   Daughter                  b. Broughton

1891
Joshua Yates                    36 years                        Lic. Vict.                  b. Preston
Alice Yates                      30                                  Wife                                do
Ellen Yates                        6                                   Daughter                         do
John Yates                        4                                   Son                                 do

1901
John Robert Brindle          46 years                        Licensed Victualler     b. Preston
Agnes Brindle                   44                                 Wife                                 do1
Mary E. Gibson                24                                 Daughter                           do
Robert Gibson                  35                                 Son-in-law                 b. Lisburn, Ireland
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1 comment:

  1. The Timothy Swarbrick who was landlord in 1866 may have been the Timothy born in 1816 in Blackpool who moved to Walton-le-Dale in about 1865. He was a shoemaker by trade, but he was, I believe, the only Timothy Swarbrick in the Preston area in the 1860s.

    Dave Swarbrick [no relation]

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