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Sunday, 21 October 2012

GUILD HALL TAVERN, Library Street

GUILD HALL TAVERN
or
GUILD CONCERT HALL
Variously as 1, 2, 2a, 3, or 7 Library Street
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The "Guild Hall Tavern and it's "Concert Hall" were the premises immediately above the 'RAR' in 'Library'
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The premises below the 'L' in the same word, were the
"Queen Adelaide" public house.
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MINE HOSTS:
1866 - 71                Henry Aspden
1871                       Mary Aspden
1871                       Robert Johnson
1876 - 77               Joseph Mason
1878                      Robert Howarth
1878                      Robert Barton Fishwick
1878 - 79              Thomas Hayton
1879                      John Rose
1880                      Peter Martland
1880 - 81              Thomas Barton Fishwick Jnr.   Transferred from TBF to Johnson on the 1.12.1880.
1881                      James Johnson
1882                      Samuel Johnson
1883                      Robert Saul
1883 - 85              John Hull
1885 - 87              Joseph Fishwick Barton
1887                      Charles Beckett
1888 - 89              John Mahon
1889                      John Chippendale
1889 - 90              John Hull
1890 - 91              Septimus J. Wilson
1891                     Ellis Priestly
1891                     William Hartley
1892                     Robert Geldeart
1892 - 93             William Singleton
1893                     William Heys
1893 - 1900          John Chippendale
1900                     William Henry Parker
1901                     William Kellett
1901 - 04              Ernest Jones
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NOTES:

IN 1855, HENRY ASPDEN BECAME THE LESSEE OF THE COCKPIT, FOR THE REMAINING 34 YEARS OF THE EARL OF DERBY'S LEASE. HE STRAIGHT AWAY MADE GREAT ALTERATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS. IN MARCH 1855 THE INTERIOR HAS BEEN COMPLETELY GUTTED. IT WAS INTENDED THAT IT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE USED AS A PUBLIC HALL. HE TOOK THE LEASE OVER FROM JOSEPH LIVESEY, WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY ANTHONY HEWITSON REFERRED TO IT AS THE "TEMPERANCE HALL" IN HIS BOOK, "NORTHWARD" IN 1851.


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Between 1882 and 1888 the premises were owned by John Barton Fishwick of Stoneygate, beerseller.
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GUILD CONCERT HALL, PRESTON
Proprietor: MR H. ASPDEN

WANTED, a pair of first-class N*****S and a PAIR of
first-class COMIC DUETTISTS; also, a competent leader
for Orchestra, to Open on the 1st October. Parties applying
must state lowest terms. No stamps,

Three days' silence a negative.
Address - W. GRAY, Manager, as above.
Glad to hear from old friends.
THE ERA  16th September 1866
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Preston Guardian  6th October 1866
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WILL VALE, the Great Comic Star of the
Evening, Second Provincial Tour - Guild Concert Hall,
Preston.
I have much pleasure4 in recommending Mr. Will Vale 
to the Special Notice of Proprietors and Managers of
Concert Halls, &c., as a First-class Comic Vocalist,
endowed with a Versatility of Talent, whether displayed
as Eccentric, Grotesque, Mimic, Sensation, or Patter, 
in or out of character. Ranks high above the average
standard. He soon became an immense favourite with
the audience, and his Engagement at the Guild was a
tremendous success.
H. ASPDEN (Proprietor)
W.GRAY  (Manager)
THE ERA  Sunday 21st October 1866
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MASTER C.E. EXLEY
The Little Great Characteristic, Comic, Patter,
and Sensational Vocalist, opened on Monday
November 12th 1866, at the Guild Concert Hall,
Preston, and was received with Five Legitimate Calls.
THE ERA  18th November 1866
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I.X.L. WALLACE GRIMMITT'S
LILLIPUTIAN TROUPE OF BLACK MINSTRELS
(four in number)
Including the "Original Funny Little Joe,"
are now performing with immense success at 
the Guild Concert Hall, Preston
THE ERA  9th December 1866
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Preston Guardian  16th February 1867
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WILLIAM GRAY, Pianist
(late Pianist and Manager, GUILD CONCERT HALL)
Is at liberty to accept an engagement. Twenty years
experience. Thoroughly up to the business.
W.G. trusts his numerous Professional friends
will speak for him.
Private address, W. GRAY, 7 Kirkham Street North,
Preston.
THE ERA  Sunday 31st March 1867
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Preston Guardian  20th April 1867
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W. GRIMMETT'S TROUPE
Are disengaged on the 6th of May, for
Five weeks, on account of the closing
of the GUILD CONCERT HALL,
PRESTON.
THE ERA  21st April 1867
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GUILD CONCERT HALL, PRESTON
WANTED, to Open September 30th 1867,
a GOOD LEADER and PIANIST well up in
Concert Business; also a Ladt Pianist, to play
at a Free-and-Easy.
H. ASPDEN, Proprietor
THE ERA  22nd September 1867
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TO BE SOLD
A Bargain, Five Scenes, Proscenium, Wings, &c.,
suitable for Amateur Stage or Concert Hall, 
painted by T. Bayliss, in first-class Condition, 
including beautiful Act Drop, 131/2 feet by 15 feet;
Chamber Scene 12 feet by 12 feet; Street Scene
12 feet by 12 feet; Garden Scene 81/2 feet by 11 feet;
Forest Scene 81/2 feet by 11 feet. The whole to be
had cheap.
Address - H. ASPDEN, Guild Concert Hall, Preston.
THE ERA  20th December 1868
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Preston Guardian  18th September 1869
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Preston Guardian  29th July 1871
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Preston Guardian  21st September 1872
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Preston Chronicle  12th July 1873
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Preston Guardian  30th January 1875
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Preston Guardian  1st April 1876
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Preston Guardian  16th February 1878
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Preston Guardian  17th August 1878
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Preston Guardian  2nd October 1880
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CENSUS RETURNS 
1871
Mary Aspden                   36 years ?                Beerhouse keeper /          b. Preston
                                                                                  unmarried  
Sarah Ann Aspden           16                            Servant                                    do

1881
James Johnson                 37 years                   Beerseller                        b. Kendal

1891
Septimus J. Wilson           50 years                  Beerhouse Keeper           b. Preston
Mary Wilson                    44                           Wife                                b. Ayrshire, Scotland.

1901
William Kellett                 33 years                   Beerseller                        b. Woodplumpton
Margaret Kellett              33                            Wife                                b. Preston
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