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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

HUMPHREY'S CLOCK, Addison's Court

HUMPHREY'S CLOCK
2 Addison's Court
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The name was inspired by Charles Dickens' weekly magazine
in 1840 - 41, entitled "Master Humphrey's Clock."
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The magazine title was itself inspired by one of two long-case
clocks in the Bowes Museum collection made by craftsman
THOMAS HUMPHREYS, who had two shops in Barnard
Castle.
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MINE HOSTS:
1836   See advert from 19.4.1856, below. It would suggest its existence since that date.
1845                     Thomas Hammerton    -   owned by Philip Addison
1848 - 51              William Redfern
1851                     William Skelton
1855                     Mrs. Bolton
1861                     John Armstrong
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TO BE LET
The well-established BEER-HOUSE, the
"HUMPHREY'S CLOCK" situate in
Church Street, near the Town Hall. 
Immediate possession may be had.
Satisfactory reasons can be given.
Apply on the Premises.
Preston Chronicle 17th March 1855
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Preston Chronicle 6th October, 1855
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OLD-ESTABLISHED BEER-HOUSE
TO BE LET
And may be entered upon at May next.

That well-accustomed BEERHOUSE, known
by the name of "HUMPHREY'S CLOCK"

This house has been used as a Beerhouse nearly 
twenty years, and has only had three tenants.
The rent is moderate, and the incoming is trifling.

Apply to the present tenant, Addison's Yard,
Church Street, Preston.
Preston Chronicle  19th April 1856

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Preston Pilot  14th August 1859
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Preston Chronicle  6th January 1877
Although it doesn't say as much, but in the context of the article, I have
assumed that "Polly Egan's" is a licensed property.  The fact that it's
been enclosed in apostrophes suggests it was a nickname for something
else.  After Humphrey's Clock, this place became 'The Pilot', and no
doubt it had other names as well.
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CENSUS RETURN
1851
William Skelton                 30 years                Cabinet Maker / Lic. Vict.    b. Kingston, Yorks
Elizabeth Skelton               24                         Wife                                    b. Preston
John Skelton                      2                           Son                                              do
Ann Skelton                       1                           Daughter                                      do
Martha Norris                   16                          House Servant                    b. Chorley

1861
John Armstrong                43 years                 Beerseller                b. Wigan
Margret Armstrong           44                          Wife                               do
Thomas Armstrong           13                          Son                         b. Farrington
Ellen Armstrong                11                          Daughter                 b. Walton-le-dale
Joseph Armstrong             7                            Son                        b. Preston
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