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Thursday, 23 February 2012

KENDAL CASTLE, Ladyman Street

2 Ladyman Street
1 Ladyman Street (1913)

1853                    Ann Taylor
1856 - 58            Thomas Bonney  -  Owned by William Smith in 1858.
1859                    William Smith
1860  - 62             Stephen Gollin (Golden)
1864                          ?     Halliwell
1865 - 66             Euclid Hindle
1871 - 80             William Holliday and Mary Holliday   - 1880  Executors of Mary Holliday to......  
1880 - 83             Sarah Jane Alberta Holliday
1883 - 87             William Holliday Jnr.
1887 - 88             Alfred Hart
1888 - 91             William Charles Albert
1891 - 95             William Dawson
1895 - 1904         Edward Miller
1907                    Peter Chirnside
1913                    Thomas Henry Jones
1917                    David Howard
1926 - 27            Thomas H. Jones
1932                    John Garvey
1936 - 44             William Jackson
1948                    William Hargreaves
1962 -                  William Salter and Mary Elsie Salter 
 Both the above articles were in the
Preston Guardian  3rd November 1860
 Preston Guardian  26th October 1861
Preston Guardian  30th October 1861
Mr. Euclide HINDLE of the Kendal Castle,
Ladyman Street, applied for a spirit licence. The Bench were told 
that a previous application had been made for such a licence 
2 or 3 times, and it so happened that there was an adjoining public
house (occupied by Mr. Braithwaite) of smaller dimensions.

One had been trying against the other for several years, and one
went to the other and said that if they would not go to the
Sessions, then neither would they, but one went to the Sessions
and got the licence. The smaller house could be put inside the 
larger one. The Kendal Castle had Clubrooms, and other suitable
rooms, and with regard to the other house having a licence, he 
did not think that would influence the Bench at all.

W. Braithwaite appeared and said that he wished to point out
that Mr. Watson, Solicitor for Euclid Hindle) had stated a
deliberate falsehood.

Mr. Watson replied, "I am much obliged to you. Have you had
any drink this morning?  (laughter in court)

Licence refused.
Preston Chronicle  2nd September 1865
Preston Guardian  31st March 1866
Bloodstained Hammer Cracked The Case 

When a coach party set out from Preston, Lancashire, for Thirsk races on Saturday, MAY 26th, 1962, the racegoers included William Salter, licensee of Preston's Kendal Castle Hotel, who left his 57-year-old wife Elsie to run the pub in his absence. 

On Saturdays the bar closed at 3 p.m. and reopened at eight. Mrs. Pauline Green worked in the bar, and at 6 p.m. she decided to go in early to help Mrs. Salter, who had been ill. Surprised to receive no response to her knocks on the front and back doors which were locked, she went home and returned with her husband. 

The pub was still locked and silent, but Mrs. Green remembered a fire-door that was never secured. Using this entrance, the couple went to the Salters' flat at the rear of the premises where they found Mrs. Salter lying dead on the floor of her kitchen, her face battered beyond recognition. 

Police found that the till in the bar had been forced open and emptied. As there was no sign of a break-in, it appeared that the killer had known of the unlocked fire-door or had hidden in the pub at closing-time. Mr. Salter gave detectives a list of the pub's regulars, and officers began visiting them. 

All were shocked by the news of the murder, with the exception of 29-year-old Bernard McCrorey who seemed indifferent. The investigators had already learned that he was an unemployed labourer with a history of mental illness, and he was taken to police headquarters for further questioning. This got nowhere until news came that a bloodstained hammer had been found at his home. That loosened his tongue, and he told the detectives everything. 

He said he had hidden in the pub's toilets at closing-time, and had then gone upstairs to the Salters' living quarters to see what he could steal. "I hid behind the kitchen door," he continued. "She came in and saw me and I hit her with the hammer." 

How many times? He couldn't remember, but an autopsy found that Mrs. Salter had received eight blows to the head. 

The facts were not in dispute when McCrorey appeared at Manchester Crown Court two months later, pleading not guilty to murder. What was at issue was his mental condition. Did he know what he was doing? 

He admitted rifling the till and also taking 100 cigarettes, and the prosecution claimed that as the killing was committed in the furtherance of theft, it was a capital offence. Furthermore, the Crown alleged that the killing was premeditated. Mrs. Salter had earlier refused to lend McCrorey £5, and he had told another customer, "I am a regular customer, and the landlady will be sorry." 
True Crime Library.
Stephen Gollin                   41 years                    Butcher                   b. Derby
Sarah Gollin                      51                             Butcher's Wife                 do
Ann Gollin                         19                  Daughter / Cotton Winder          do
Mary Gollin                       14                     Daughter / Servant          b. Birmingham
Stephen Hodson                 5 months                  Grand-son              b. Preston
Ann Taylor                        31                             Dressmaker            b. Austwick, Cumberland
William Taylor                    9                              Scholar                   b. Blackpool
Sarah Taylor                      8\                             Scholar                    b. Preston       
Levi Taylor                         4                             Scholar                             do  

William Halliday                 68 years                    Lic. Vict.                b. Liverpool
Mary Halliday                    63                             Wife                       b. Hull
William Halliday                 34                             Son                        b. Preston
Sarah Jane Halliday            28                             Daughter                         do
Catherine Halliday              30                             Daughter-in-law     b. Bristol
Albert V. Halliday               8 months                  Grandson               b. Preston

Sarah Jane A. Holliday      38 years                    Beerseller                b. Preston
William Holliday                44                             Brother                            do
Maria Holliday                  40                             Brother's wife                   do
Albert V. Holliday       *    10                             Son                                 do
Helen A. Holliday        *     8                              Daughter                         do
William E. Holliday      *     5                              Son                                 do
            *   Brother's children, not Sarah's 

William Dawson                40 years                    Publican                  b. Oldham
Agnes Dawson                  36                             Wife                       b. Preston
Austyn Dawson                 13                             Son                                do

Edward Miller                   37 years                    Beerseller                b. Preston
Matilda Miller                    37                             Wife                       b. Deal, Kent
Harry Miller                       12                             Son                        b. Preston
John Miller                         11                             Son                                 do
Robert Miller                       8                             Son                                  do
Edward Miller                     6                              Son                                 do
William Miller                      3                              Son                                 do
Fred S. Miller                    11 months                  Son                                 do

1 comment:

  1. 26th May 1962 was the date my great nanna Mary Elsie Salter ( Elsie) was murdered, my Nanna Mary Patricia Benson ( Pat) is her Daughter.