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Sunday, 29 January 2012

BIRLEY ARMS, 100 New Hall Lane

BIRLEY ARMS
134 (later 100) New Hall Lane
Described in Oakey's Directory 1853 as 'near Rigby's Farm'
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MINE HOSTS:
1853 - 73                  John Collinson   (Property owned by him)
1877 - 84                  James Gardner
1884           BOUGHT BY MATTHEW BROWN BREWERY
1884 - 87                  William Miller
1887 - 88                  Thomas Ainsworth
1888                          Nancy Ainsworth
1888 - 1907              Frederick Finch
1910 - 19                  William Thomas Downham
1924 - 27                  Alfred L. Eadie
1932                         Walter Bayes
1936 - 48                  William Cooper
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JOHN COLLINSON - BIRLEY ARMS
New Hall Lane, Preston
Begs to return his sincere thanks to his friends and the Public
for their generous support he has received since his removal to
the above-named commodious Inn, and trusts to merit a
continuance of their favours by keeping none but the best 
WINES, SPIRITOUS LIQUORS, and an excellent Glass of
ALE. 
Good Stabling and lock-up Coach-house.
Preston Chronicle 5th November 1853
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THIS DAY, SATURDAY
Mr JABEZ B. JONES has received instructions to sell by Auction
(in consequence of a change of tenancy), at the BIRLEY'S ARMS INN,
New Hall Lane, today, October 17th, commencing at 2 o'clock, a quantity
of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, comprising iron and other BEDSTEAAN APPEAL TO THE EDITOR OF THE ERA'DS,
BEDDING, WASH-STANDS, and DRESSING-TABLES, KITCHEN
DRESSER, COUCH, FENDER and FIRE IRONS, ROUND TABLES,
RUSH-SEATED and other CHAIRS, MALT MILL, MASH TUB, 
ROUND COOLERS; also a large quantity of Ale glasses and other 
effects, too numerous to mention.
Preston Chronicle 17th October 1874
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BREACH OF THE LICENSING ACT
James Gardner, landlord of the Birley's Arms, New Hall Lane, was summoned 
for supplying drink during prohibited hours, and James Oldham, barber, for
aiding and abetting. PC's Forrest, Peters and Swarbrick said they were near the 
Birley Arms at 11.55pm on the night in question, when they saw the defendant, Oldham, 
go to the house with a jug, knock at the door, and enter the house. In about
ten minutes he came out again, with the jug still in his hand. On stopping him,
and examining the contents they found them to be beer. On going back to the
public house, Gardner said, "I filled nowt." It was alleged that the beer had been
bought before 11 o'clock.
The Bench saw no reason to doubt the uniform testimony of the three constables,
and fined Gardnber in the sum of £5 and costs, and ordered the licence to be endorsed.
Oldham  was fined 10s. and costs.
Preston Chronicle  29th December 1883
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AN APPEAL TO THE EDITOR OF 'THE ERA'

Sir, A terrble fire occurred last week at Mr. W. Miller's, Birley Arms 
Hotel, Preston, completely gutting the building and destroying the whole of 
the contents. The landlord and his wife and family have now no home,
no furniture, no clothing, and no money, and worse than the pecuniary
loss, is the loss of his little daughter Jane, aged 11 years, burnt to death.

I am giving Mr. Miller a benefit at the Gaiety Theatre, but I wish to ask
my brother and sister professionals to assist Macolla, the left-handed
Paganini. This young man was living at Miller's house, and to save his
life, he dropped from the third storey window, and, alighting on his heels,
unfortunately smashed the bones of both ankles. I went to see him
yesterday at the Infirmary. I am afraid he will henceforth be a 
cripple (let us hope not).
All his clothing, music, and travelling basket were destroyed, 
leaving him entirely destitute. If ever there was a truly deserving case 
for immediate relief, this is one. Subscriptions may be sent to, and
will be duly acknowledged by -
                                      Yours truly
                                                  HARRY YORKE
                                              Gaiety Theatre Manager
The Era.  November 14th 1885
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CENSUS RETURNS
1861
John Collinson                  46 years                      Publican                    b. Balderstone
Margaret Collinson           49                               Wife                          b. Salmesbury
Elizabeth Collinson           16                                Daughter                   b. Balderstone
Martha Collinson               8                                Daughter                    b. Preston

1871
John Collinson                  56 years                      Innkeeper                  b. Balderstone
Martha Collinson              18                               Daughter                    b. Preston
John Collinson                  14                               Son                                   do
               
1881
James Gardner                 42 years (Widower)    Innkeeper                   b. Preston
Frances J. Gardner           13                               Daughter                             do
Lillian Gardner                  10                               Daughter                             do
James E. Gardner              8                                Son                                     do
Walter Gardner                 6                                Son                                     do
Albert W. Gardner            12 months                  Son                                     do

1891
Frederick Finch                36 years                     Publican                     b. Preston
Nancy Finch                     38                              Wife                                  do
John Ainsworth                 16                              Son                                   do
Alice Finch                        10                              Daughter                           do
Reuben Finch                     5                               Son                                   do
Elizabeth Finch                   4                               Daughter                           do

1901
Frederick Finch                46 years                     Publican                     b. Preston
Nancy Finch                     48                              Wife                                   do
John Ainsworth                 26                              Step-son                            do
Elizabeth Ainsworth          14                              Step-daughter                     do
Reuben Ainsworth            15                              Step-son                             do

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