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Saturday, 18 February 2012

WHITE HORSE, Fishergate

1732     William Hudson  (Property owned by him also)
Distinct from the inn in Friargate at a later date, this inn
was mentioned in relation to the map of 1684.

It was still the "WHITE HORSE" in 1732, but at that date it 
had acquired the "7 Stars" appendage.(1732 Poor Rate records)

By the end of the 18th Century, with the grime of the
Industrial Revolution setting on it, the horse had turned

So, it is alleged, they changed the name to the "Grey Horse and Seven Stars"
Letter from Thomas Stanley:
L.R.O.:   DDX 317/38
To: Tho. Rigbye Esq., at Middleton near Goosnorth.

"November 8th 1699 - I think our appointment
was to meet at ye White Horse in Preston on next
Satterday, but I have extraordinary stiffness fallen
out that I cannot for..........desire you would put it off
for that day fortnight, and I will not fail God willing
to meet you.
I am Sir, your obliged kinsman
and humble servant,
T. Stanley.
There is clearly something that I've not de-ciphered correctly, 
but I think the gist of the message is there.
What it doesn't make clear was which 'White Horse' it refers to.
I think that this one is the most likely.

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