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Monday, 13 February 2012

FLY BOAT TAVERN. 1 Bridge Lane

1 Bridge Lane (Marsh Lane)
I don't know where this was, but the address would suggest close to Ladywell Street
and the Canal (hence the name) - possibly a predecessor of the BOATSMANS' ARMS?
Later known as the "Tacklers' Arms"
1851              John Proctor
1851              Alice Oliverson
1853              Thomas Turner (John Turner - 1853 Oakey's Directory)
1857              John Taylor
NOTES:  - I think that these premises could be synonymous with the "TACKLERS' ARMS."

- John Proctor was listed at 1 Shepherd Street in the 1851 census, so he must have been
at the Fly Boat Tavern in the early part of the year.
On Monday afternoon last, as John Taylor of the
FLY-BOAT BEERHOUSE, in Bridge Lane, was
painting the window frames of his house outside, 
he imagined someone was breaking the windows
of one of the upper rooms by throwing stones.

He soon saw, however, that they were broken
from the inside, and that smoke was issuing from
the shattered panes. He went up a ladder and saw
a fire raging in the room. The fire-brigade turned
out, but by the time they arrived, neighbours had 
all but extinguished the fire.

All contents of the room including a bed and bedding,
and two chests of clothes, were consumed in the blaze,
which was thought to have been caused by an over-heating
chimney igniting aq beam or a joist.
Preston Chronicle  20th May 1857
Alice Oliverson             35 years            Beerhouse Keeper            b. Goosnargh
Isabella Oliverson         44                     Sister  /  Servant                b. Chorley
Agnes Oliverson           22                     Sister / Servant                  b. Preston
Grace Oliverson           38                     Sister / Weaver                  b. Inglewhite
Henry Yates                 36                     Labourer                           b. Chorley

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