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Thursday, 16 February 2012

GOLDEN BALL, Main Sprit Weind

GOLDEN BALL
36 or 38 Main Sprit Weind
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MINE HOSTS:
1818                      M. Townson
1821         Reference to it in Morning Post (London) 16th May 1821.
1825                      Jesse Swarbrick
1835 - 41              Thomas Shaw
- 1848 -                 Robert Taylor  d. 20.8.1849 aged 28 years "formerly of the Golden Ball, Preston" 
1851 - 55              John Huntington    d. 16.3.1855 aged 61 years
1855 - 60              Mary Huntington
1860                     Samuel Walmsley
1861 - 64              Richard Singleton
1864                     Finley (Finlay) Ringland
1865                     John Kelly
1869 - 71             Thomas Dickinson
1871                     Robert Whalley
1872                     Thomas Fletcher
1872 - 81 #           Thomas Henry Topping

# I had a note saying that the place was pulled down in about 1877, and the site taken over by the County Bank. It would seem from the 1881 Census that it was still there then.
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Preston Chronicle  6th September 1862
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Preston Chronicle 4th April 1863
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NOT  QUITE  DEAD
The people of Preston were somewhat stunned on Wednesday
morning through an announcement made by one of our
contemporaries to the effect that Mr. Finlay Ringland, former
Inspector of Police, had suddenly expired on the previous day.

All sorts of rumours were afloat as to the cause of his death; 
but every conjecture was wide of the mark, for Mr. Ringland 
had not "shuffled off this mortal coil," and gave no more
indication of extinction on Tuesday than the healthiest man
in Preston. 

After breakfast time on Wednesday morning, one of the police 
officers of the borough, whose duty it is to make enquiries into
cases of sudden death preparatory to an inquest being held, 
went to Mr. Ringland's residence for the purpose of obtaining 
the particulars of his death.

Imagine his surprise, however, when on entering the house he 
found Mr. Ringlnad shaving himself! The officer fainted - fell
down as if definitely "done for" - and Mr. Ringland, the
"dead man" had to assist in removing him.

Afterwards, Mr. Ringland went out, to the astonishment of all,
and the complete terror of some, who saw him and who had 
only just read of his quietus.
Preston Chronicle  9th July 1864
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GOLDEN BALL INN, MAIN SPRIT WIEND
F. RINGLAND, PROPRIETOR


N.B. GOOD ALES, PORTER, SPIRITS, WINE, &c.
Preston Chronicle  17th September 1864
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Preston Chronicle 16th December 1865
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Preston Chronicle 26th August 1876
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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
Thomas Shaw                 35 years                   Publican
Ann Shaw                       40                            Wife

1851
John Huntington              56 years                   Lic. Vict.                   b. Preston
Mary Huntington             54                            Wife                          b. Ellel
Alice H.   ?                     21                            Married Daughter      b. Preston
William Huntington          19                            Son                                  do

1861
Richard Singleton            28 years                  Innkeeper                   b. Woodplumpton
Mary Singleton                27                          Wife                           b. Farrington
John Farrington                1                            Son                            b. Preston

1871
Thomas Dickinson          25 years                 Innkeeper                    b. Preston
Mary Jane Dickinson      24                          Wife                            b. Liverpool
Harriet Dickinson             1                           Daughter                     b. Preston

1881
Thomas Topping            45 years                 Lic. Vict.                     b. Preston
Margaret Topping          51                          Wife                                    do
Henry Topping               19                          Son                                     do
Margaret H. Topping      11                         Daughter                              do
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