CROSS KEYS INN
c. 1684 Robert Mayor
1732 Thomas Whittle (possibly) with Molyneux being the owner.
1796 Roger Pollard
pre-1821 Roger and Ann Pollard - see Ann's death notice, 1821, below.
1818 - 29 John Brazendale d. 3.10.1836 in Preston.
1833 R. Ward
1838 - 41 Thomas Bowling
1843 - 67 James Ward - wife, Elizabeth, died 9.12.1851 aged 40 years.
J.W. remarried by 1859
1867 Thomas Grundy
1869 - 70 William and Elijah Hartley Moorhouse
1870 - 71 John Mercer
1871 - 74 William Mercer
1874 Thomas Horn
1877 George Kinder
1881 Thomas Green
Up to this point the inn had stood in the north-east corner of the Market Place. The premises were originally the Duke of Hamilton's town-house, and had been a hostelry for scores of years.
In 1883, the TOWN CLERK applied on behalf of the Corporation for a Provisional Licence for the "Cross Keys" in different premises, to Henry Cardwell, the brewer, which was granted. The licence had to be for the 'new' Cross Keys, in premises adjacent to the old ones, because the old ones were demolished on the 20th June 1881. [See Preston Chronicle 25th June 1881]
1883 Henry Cardwell - Owned by the Corporation.
1883 William Penrose
1884 John Noblett
1884 James Walmsley
1884 - 90 Mary Poole
1890 - 93 Robert Henry Howarth
1894 NO APPLICATION - PULLED DOWN.
DEATH: On the 31st ult., aged 58 years, Ann,
wife of Mr. Roger Pollard, formerly of the
Cross Keys public-house, in Preston.
Lancaster Gazette 15th September 1821
In the Preston Chronicle of 12th August 1865, in notes to accompany the Diary Extracts of a Non-Conformist Minister (Peter Walkden), there was the following comment:-
"We cannot say where the "Cross Keys" was
situated: we do not find in the Rate Book for 1732
any inn with that sign, but one or two innkeepers
are rated without the distinctive sign of their house
On Monday last, the "Old Original Establish Society of Sawyers,"
held their anniversary fete at Mr. Ward's Cross Keys, Market
Place, when upwards of 40 persons sat down to a substantial repast,
prepared by the hostess in a good old English style.
After the supper was over, they commenced singing and dancing,
which continued to a late hour, when the company returned home
sober - well pleased with their night's amusement.
Preston Chronicle 12th July 1851
DEATH - On the 19th inst., at his residence,
59 Knowsley Street, James Ward, aged 66 years,
formerly of the Cross Keys, Market Place, Preston.
Preston Chronicle 24th January 1874
|Preston Chronicle 11th June 1881|
Mary Poole, landlady of the Cross Keys Hotel,
Market Place, Preston, applied for an occasional
licence to sell intoxicating liquors at the North
End Football Match, Deepdale Road, today,
between 2 and 6 o'clock.
The application was granted.
Preston Chronicle 27th June 1885
NB. Mary Poole had only just left the Deepdale Bridge Hotel on Deepdale Road,
and would seem to be trying to take the business away from her successor there.
"The house still standing in the north-eastern corner of the Market
Place - it is now, and has been for some years, a public house - was
the family residence of Mr. Pedder, father of the late Edward Pedder,
banker of Preston. The Pedders of this branch, were originally small
manufacturers, stood with goods in the Market Place, and prior to
occupying the house referred to, lived in Lord Street. After Mr. Pedder
left the house in the Market Place, it was tenanted by Colonel Hulton
(father of the late Mr. William Adam Hulton - County Court Judge), who,
in a while left it, and went into Church Street, occupying there for some time
the premises now known as "The Albion".
Preston Guardian 19th April 1890
PRESTON THEN - 1843 - 1893
The license of the Cross Key's Inn, which stood at the north-west corner of
the entrance to Gin Bow Entry, facing the Market Place, was removed to the
corner house adjoining, occupied in old times by members of the Pedder family.
Preston Guardian 25th March 1893
Thomas Bowling 50 years Publican
Margaret Bowling 50 Wife
James Ward 44 years Innkeeper b. Treales?
Betsy Ward 39 Wife b. Kirkham
Jane Ward 11 Daughter b. Preston
James Ward 3 Son do
Betsy Ward 2 Daughter do
James Ward 54 years Innkeeper b. Treales
Nancy Ward 40 Wife b. Whittingham
Betsy Ward 12 Daughter b. Preston
William Mercer 32 years Lic. Vict. b. Preston
Ellen Mercer 33 Wife do
Jane Mercer 2 Daughter do
Thomas Green 41 years Publican b. Preston
Mary Green 43 Wife b. Ulverston
John Green 12 Son b. Preston
Emily Green 8 Daughter do
Florence Green 4 Daughter do
Robert Henry Howarth 25 years Solicitor's Clerk b. Preston
Elizabeth Howarth 24 Wife do
Robert Frederick Howarth 2 Son do
John Poole Howarth 4 Son do
Robert Frederick Poole 21 Brother-in-law do
R.F.Poole was also a Professional Footballer with P.N.E.
Robert Henry Howarth was an amateur with P.N.E. He also played for England.