LITTLE JOHN INN
35 (later 70 - 72) Atkinson Street
1868 - 69 Andrew McGlaughlin
1870 John Whittle
1870 - 71 Roger Walker
1871 Thomas Wareing
1871 Thomas Nightingale
1877 - 82 Joseph Ribchester - Richardson in P.C. 28.7.1877
1883 - 84 William Whalley
1884 - 85 James Hawkins
1885 - 87 Richard Bamber
1887 - 91 Henry Todd
1891 - 97 Robert Whittle
1897 Thomas Cottam
1898 - 1902 James Mills
1902 - 13 John Taylor
1917 W. Gornall
1924 - 28 Elizabeth Taylor d.1928
1928 - 47 Richard Taylor Sold to Tetleys Brewery in 1947
1948 Harry Woodhouse
I was born in the Little John Inn in 1927!!
My name is Robert Taylor and I was born in the pub known as 'Little John Inn'. My Grandmother was Elizabeth Taylor who died when I was 10 months old in 1928, I was born in 1927. My father Richard Taylor took over the running of the Little John when he and his sister Sarah Ball fell out and my dad bought her out.
The Little John was a 'Home Brew House' and my dad used to brew 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and brewed approx. 300 plus gallons per brew. He supplied 'selling out shops' and various clubs around Preston and Bamber Bridge and he did not bother about politics, he supplied both ends of the political scene.
I was away in the army in 1947 when he sold the license for the pub to Tetleys who knew the property was to be knocked down for the flats that are now on the site but I think the ones there now are the second lot. Atkinson Street and Higginson Street disappeared. The Little John Inn' address was 72 Atkinson Street.
I believe the licence Tetleys wanted, was for a pub on one of the new estates being built in the late 40's early 50's. Harold Woodhouse took over the running of the Little John until it was demolished.
I trust this brings you up to date on the Little John.
Thanks very much to Robert Taylor
Lancashire Evening Post 29th September 1920
Thomas Wareing 41 years Beerseller b. Preston
Agnes Wareing 44 Wife do
Mary E. Wareing 8 Daughter do
Joseph Ribchester 28 years House Agent b. Preston
Margaret Ribchester 28 Wife do
Margaret Ribchester 3 Daughter do
Richard Ribchester 3 Son do
Robert Whittle 67 years Beerhouse Keeper b. Bretherton
Jane Whittle 67 Wife b. Mawdesley
Elizabeth Whittle 23 Daughter b. Preston
Emma Jane Whittle 21 Daughter do
James Mills 38 years Publican b. Preston
Winifred Mills 37 Wife do
Isabella Mills 14 Daughter do
John Taylor 56 years Beerseller b. Preston
Elizabeth Taylor 54 Assisting in business do
Sarah Alice Taylor 20 Daughter / Cotton Rover do
Richard Taylor 12 Son do