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Friday, 18 January 2013

OLD LEGS OF MAN, Fishergate

                                                                        3 Fishergate
I'm sure you will recognise the window belonging to Waterstone's Bookshop on the right.
When it belonged to E.H.Booths, the family grocers, they bought the Legs of Man, and
extended their store.
I'm sure that it's Frederick and Ellen Aston, the final keepers of the Inn, who are
posing in the coach entrance.
Another opportunity to get your bearings, at a time when Glovers' Court was
entered through a covered passageway

1804 - 06              Richard Anderson junior    d. 21.1.1812
1796 - 10             Mr. Anthony Warren   (Note the dates for Anderson, above. Was his tenancy here split?)
1810 - 16              Mrs. Ann Warren
1816 - 23              Joseph Croft  -  I have one record that shows Croft here in 1815.                       1825 - 29              Matthew Nelson
1831                     Thomas Badger d. 30.8.1831 aged 56 years. Formerly of the 'Dog Inn' Longridge.
1832 - 41              Daniel Munnerley d. 12.2.1845 aged 43 years, in Hutton.
                                 Originally from Bebington on the Wirral.  pp. A descendant.1841 - 50              William Whittam - His mother, the relict of Mr. R. Whittam, formerly of the 
                                                           Bull Inn, Poulton, died 27.9.1843, aged 81 years, in Preston.
1850                     Mr. Parkinson
1851 - 52             Agnes Parkinson
1852 - 63             John Anderton      d. 7.6.1863 aged 47 years.
1863 - 65             Sarah Anderton
1867 - 80             Henry Brown 
1880                    Elizabeth Morrow
1882 - 92             Mrs. Julia Morrow
1892 - 98             Samuel Parker  - Auctioneer also.
1899                    Mary Blackoe
1899 - 1901        Thomas Blackoe
1904                   Arthur Aston
1907                   Frederick Aston
1910                   Ellen E. Aston

Owned by the Earl of Derby, Knowsley.
DEATH:  On 27th February 1802, Mrs. Whitacre,
of the White Bull in Alston, the mother of Mrs Waren (sic)
 of the Three Legs of Man, Preston.
Lancaster Gazette  6th March 1802
Lancaster Gazette   25th February 1804
Lancaster Gazette 24th August 1805
Lancaster Gazette   19th October 1805
Lancaster Gazette  22nd February 1806
Lancaster Gazette  5th September 1807
DEATH. On Thursday last, in the prime
of life, Mr. Anthony Warren of the
Old Legs of Man, Preston.
Lancaster Gazette. 24th March 1810
DEATH:  On Thursday last, Mrs. Warren,
of the Old Legs of Man public-house, in Preston.
Lancaster Gazette  24th February 1816 
Preston Chronicle  17th March 1821
(Late of the Old Dog, Longridge)
BEGS leave to acquaint his Friends and the Public
generally, that he has taken and entered upon that
commodious INN, "The Old Legs of Man," opposite
to the Town Hall, Preston, where he hopes by a 
strict attention to the comfort of his customers, and
a constant supply of the best entertainment, to merit
a share of support.
NB. Excellent Stabling and Commodious Outbuildings.
Preston Chronicle 26th March 1831
Preston Chronicle  3rd October 1835
DEATH: On Monday 12th September,
aged 35 years, Mr. Thomas Harrison,
for many years ostler at the
Old Legs of Man Inn.
Preston Chronicle 17th September 1836 
Preston Chronicle  19th August 1837
Preston Chronicle  5th May 1838
Preston Chronicle  14th July 1838
Preston Chronicle  5th January 1839
Preston Chronicle 11th May 1839
Preston Chronicle  1st June 1839
Preston Chronicle  8th June 1839
THE thorough-bred STALLION
"AMURATH," will cover this
season, 1841, at the
Old Legs of Man, Preston,
every Friday and Saturday
during the season.
Blood Mares at £5 each, 
Half-bred Mares at £3 each,
and 5s. the Groom.
Preston Chronicle 20th March 1841
Preston Chronicle  27th March 1841
Preston Chronicle  22nd May 1841
Note it says 'New' Legs of Man. That's incorrect.
The "New Legs of Man" were in Fishergate, opposite
the end of Cannon Street, and were, in fact, older than
the "Old Legs of Man"
Confused?   You will be!
Preston Pilot   10th July 1841
Preston Chronicle  30th October 1841
Preston Chronicle  22nd January 1842
Preston Chronicle  23rd April 1842
Preston Chronicle  10th December 1842
Christopher Marsden, a lad, aged 17 years, an
assistant brewer at the Old Legs of Man Inn, 
was charged with breaking open the box of the 
ostler, in a room in which the ostler slept, and
stealing therefrom a silver watch. The case was
fully proved, and the prisoner having been cautioned
in the usual way stated that he had stolen it for
the purpose of being transported.
He was fully committed for trial.
Preston Chronicle 18th February 1843
Preston Chronicle  3rd June 1843
Preston Chronicle  5th August 1843
Preston Chronicle  16th September 1843
Preston Chronicle  2nd December 1843
Preston Chronicle  13th January 1844
Preston Chronicle  4th May 1844
Preston Chronicle  14th September 1844
Preston Chronicle  1st February 1845
Preston Chronicle  12th April 1845
Preston Chronicle  24th May 1845
Preston Chronicle  19th July 1845
Preston Chronicle  9th August 1845
Preston Chronicle  23rd August 1845
Preston Chronicle  21st February 1846
Preston Chronicle  9th May 1846
Preston Chronicle  4th July 1846
Preston Chronicle  12th June 1847
Preston Chronicle  17th July 1847
Preston Chronicle  19th August 1848
Preston Chronicle  23rd June 1849
In the yard of the Old Legs of Man Inn, Preston,
on Thuesday March 28th 1850 at 1pm
who is declining that department. The stock consists of one
Double and two Single Bath Carriages, One Gig and One
Drag, most of which are recently built. Four Horses and
several sets of gig and double Harness.

W.W. also has three Colts to dispose of, by private treaty,
one risibg 4 years, by Batwing, one rising 3, and one rising 2,
both by Dr. Sangrado, if not sold privately, they will be 
offered for public auction on the day of the sale.

For particulars apply to Mr. Whittam, the owner.
Preston Chronicle 23rd March 1850
Preston Chronicle  15th June 1850 
Preston Chronicle  14th September 1850
DESIRES to offer her grateful acknowledgements to
her Friends and the Public, for the very liberal amount
of patronage bestowed upon this hotel, while conducted 
by her late lamented husband, and begs to assure her
friends that every exertion will be made on her part to
mainain the reputation of the house.

To COMMERCIAL GENTLEMEN, this Hotel affords
peculiar advantages. It is situated in the centre of this
large commercial borough, within a few minutes walk of
the Raialway Station, and contiguous to the Post Office.

The house has recently undergone a thorough repair in
all its departments, and no expense has been spared to
make it replete with every convenience, and it will be
the anxious endeavour of Mrs. P. to anticipate every
want, and to furnish every facility, in order to make 
the Traveller feel at home.

A well-selected Sock of WINES, SPIRITS, and Home-
brewed ALES always on hand. Good STABLING and

A Fly attends the arrival of each train.
Preston Chronicle  22nd February 1851
Preston Chronicle  19th June 1852
Preston Chronicle  13th November 1852
Preston Chronicle  28th May 1853
Preston Chronicle  3rd September 1853
Preston Chronicle  28th January 1854
Preston Chronicle  29th April 1854
DEATH:  On 28th December, Hannah Gardner, 
wife of John Gardner,junior, builder, 
and 4th daughter of William Whittam, brewer, 
in the 27th year of her age.
Preston Chronicle  30th December 1854
Preston Chronicle  21st April 1855
Preston Chronicle  6th October 1855
Preston Chronicle  22nd December 1855
Preston Chronicle  2nd August 1856
Preston Chronicle  3rd January 1857
Preston Chronicle  17th July 1858
Peremptory Sale of an excellent single CAB,
capital HORSE, and good HARNESS, &c.
At the house of Mr. John Anderton, the 
"Old Legs of Man," Fishergate, 
on the 26th July 1860.
A really excellent single CAB, built by Penny, of
Preston, and which has only been in use for seven
months; a very useful grey HORSE, 8 years old, 
and a capital black HORSE, 6 years old, both
perfectly steady, and in every respect admirably
adapted for hack purposes; capital set of Harness
(nearly new), Rugs, Oil Sheet, &c.
The entire lot are well worthy the notice of
purchasers, the present proprietor having
no further use of them.
Preston Chronicle 30th June 1860
An inquest regarding the death of a man
named John Anderton, was held at the 
Police Station on the 8th February.

From the evidence it appeared that on
Wednesday afternoon, the deceased was
found dead, and in a state of decomposition,
in a hayloft at the rear of the "Old Legs of
Man," Fishergate. He had evidently been in
the loft, dead, for 5 or 6 weeks. In his pockets
were found an order for Ribchester Workhouse,
a comb, and 3d in copper. He was about 30 years
of age, and was by profession a groom.
Preston Chronicle 9th February 1861
I presume it is coincidence, but the landlord at the same 
time was also John Anderton.
Preston Chronicle  18th May 1861
 Preston Chronicle  17th May 1862
Preston Chronicle  30th August 1862
Preston Chronicle  15th March 1863
Preston Chronicle  10th December 1864
Preston Chronicle  7th January 1865
Preston Chronicle  10th August 1867
WANTED immediately, a strictly
sober young MAN, as OSTLER
and BOOTS.
Apply at the "Old Legs of Man Inn"
Preston Chronicle  30th November 1867
Preston Chronicle  7th December 1867
Preston Chronicle  18th January 1868
Preston Chronicle  9th January 1869
Preston Chronicle  15th January 1870
Preston Chronicle  13th May 1871
Preston Chronicle  9th September 1871
Preston Chronicle  14th October 1871
Preston Chronicle  29th March 1873 
Note:  referred to here as the "Old Three Legs of Man"
Preston Chronicle  19th April 1873
Preston Chronicle  20th September 1873
Preston Chronicle  18th October 1873
Preston Chronicle  17th July 1875
Preston Chronicle  15th July 1876
 Preston Chronicle  19th May 1877
Preston Chronicle  21st July 1877
Preston Chronicle  11th September 1880
Horse Fair week details
 Preston Chronicle  13th January 1880
 Preston Chronicle  28th April 1883
Preston Chronicle  2nd June 1883
 Preston Chronicle  2nd June 1883
Preston Chronicle  24th November 1883
Preston Chronicle  25th October 1884

 Preston Chronicle  28th February 1885
Preston Chronicle  11th July 1891
 Preston Chronicle  5th March 1892
 Preston Chronicle  4th February 1893
Preston Chronicle  8th July 1893
Preston Chronicle  9th December 1893




About five o’clock on Tuesday evening Mrs. Aston, wife of the licensee of the Old Legs of Man Hotel, Preston, left the hotel on a visit to Mrs. Roberts, a friend of hers, who lives at 56, Christ Church Street. At 10.30m her husband, Mr. Arthur Aston, arrived at the house, and there was no indication that their intentions were other than friendly.

Shortly before eleven o’clock, however, Mrs. Roberts was induced by Aston to leave the house to make some trifling purchase. On her return, after a lapse of a few minutes, she was horrified to see Mr and Mrs Aston lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. Aston was unconscious but his wife, who was able to speak, replied to Mrs. Robert’s terrified enquiry, “He’s done it,” indicating her husband lying by her side.
The police and medical aid were summoned, Dr. Rigg and Dr. W. Rigby were soon in attendance. It was found that Aston had a terrible bullet wound, just above and behind the right ear. A portion of his brain was protruding, and some of the brain substance was scattered on his clothes. He was alive but unconscious. Mrs. Aston had received two bullet wounds – one beneath the chin, and the other near the right temple. By the side of Aston lay a six-chambered revolver, containing three discharged, and three un-discharged cartridges.

Inspector Howard rendered first aid, and, with the assistance of Detective Moss and other officers, Mr. and Mrs. Aston were removed to the infirmary where they received medical attention
Mr Aston succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

From further particulars it would appear that the kitchen of the house in which the tragedy occurred presented a shocking sight. Blood was on the floor and on the wall immediately behind the unfortunate woman.

When Mr and Mrs Aston were left alone by Mrs Roberts, they were sitting down facing one another. Curiously enough the discovery was made by Mr. Roberts and Mrs Roberts almost simultaneously, for as the one entered by the back the other came in at the front. Aston and his wife had tumbled off their chairs onto the floor. The man was unconscious, but the woman was just able to speak. Her condition, however, was extremely grave

Mrs. Aston’s depositions were taken about one on Wednesday morning by the deputy magistrate’s clerk. She gave her evidence clearly, but with diffidence. Mrs. Aston is 36 years of age. She is still in a precarious condition.

It is stated that during the evening, Aston and his wife had had some words as the outcome of which she threatened to leave him. He retorted, and thereupon she quitted the house and made her way to Mr and Mrs. Roberts. In her depositions Mrs. Aston, it is understood, was questioned as to the cause of her husband’s jealousy, and that she emphatically denied there was any justification for the suggestion.

Aston, who was a little over 40 years of age, was a well-known and highly-respected native of the town. He formerly travelled for a local spirit merchant, and some years ago embarked on the trade of a licensed victualler. He occupied the Lovat-road Hotel for a year or two, and then became the tenant of the Regatta Inn under the Preston Corporation. From this house a short time ago he migrated to the Old Legs of Man, and here his wife and he appeared to be very successful in business. They had no children. Mrs. Aston took a large share in the the conduct of the business, and her bright and cheery ways made her a universal favourite.

Latterly it was noticed that her husband had a dejected mien, but some of his friends, who knew that he was subject to recurring illnesses of a painful character, and that he had once undergone a very serious operation, were inclined to regard his despondency  as the effect of what he had been indeed for years  an invalid life. As to the allegations against his wife, which was mentioned above, she strongly denied. Aston had sought the counsel of one or two of his intimate friends, only within the past few days, as to what course he should pursue in the circumstances

On Thursday at the Preston Infirmary, Mr. Parker opened the inquiry into the death of Arthur Aston, who was found in a house in Christ Church Street, shot through the head, from which injuries he subsequently died. The jury having viewed the body, the Coroner said he proposed taking the evidence of the identity of the deceased, and then adjourning the case to a day which might be a suitable one. Mrs. Aston was lying seriously ill, and she might die, and if she should die he would suggest the desirability of reassembling there before the adjourned date in order to take both inquests at the same time.

Mr. Edelston said he appeared for Mr. Frederick Aston, brother of the deceased, who was the universal legatee, and devisee under the will of the deceased, and the sole executor under the will. Mr. Ambler represented the widow.

Frederick Aston, of the Bull’s Head, Houghton Street, Ormskirk, said the deceased was his brother, and kept the Old Legs of Man Hotel, Fishergate. He was 49 years of age. He had identified the body. He last saw his brother alive about a month ago.

The Coroner asked: ‘Did he then seem in his usual health and spirits?’ and he replied, ‘Yes.”
‘Did he make any complaint?’   ‘No.’
‘Not about his wife or anybody else?’  ‘No’
‘Did you hear anything more about him until Wednesday morning?’   ‘No, Sir.’
‘Were you then informed by the police that he had shot himself?’   ‘I was.’
‘And did you go to the Infirmary and find him lying unconscious?’   ‘I did.’
‘When did he die?’    ‘At 1.40 on Wednesday.’

The Coroner then adjourned the inquiry for a week. After some discussion it was agreed to continue the inquiry at four o’clock next Thursday, but should Mrs. Aston die in the meantime, the inquest would be held almost immediately afterwards.

It transpires that the revolver found near Aston was purchased on Friday afternoon at Mr. Burrow’s, together with 25 cartridges. When the purchase was made Aston was asked for his licence, but he replied that he was a householder and “wanted it for his own protection.” He afterwards signed the book, and his signature has since been identified. The papers of the deceased have been taken possession of, and it is understood that they contain certain disclosures of a sensational character. The strictest secrecy is being observed in regard to them.

Mrs. Aston still lies at the Infirmary in a critical condition, but she is reported to have had a comfortable night, and that there is now a chance of her recovery.

Arthur Aston is transpires, has left two wills. The first one left all his possessions to his widow, but the second, dated last Friday, revoked it and bequeathed the property to his brother.
Manchester Courier & Lancashire General Advertiser
1st October 1904

William Whittam                      45 years                       Innkeeper
Margaret Whittam                   45                                 Wife             d. 11.5.1866 aged 72 years
Jane Whittam                          20                                 Daughter
Isabella Whittam                     15                                 Daughter
John Whittam                          15                                 Son
Hannah Whittam                      10                                Daughter         d. 28.12.1854 aged 26 years
Edward Whittam                      8                                  Son
Theresa Whittam                      6                                  Daughter
Joseph Whittam                       2                                   Son

Agnes Parkinson                    32 years - Widow          Lic. Vict.              b. Inskip
Alice Parkinson                       8                                   Daughter              b. St. Michael's
Charlotte Parkinson                3                                    Daughter                        do
Richard Hodgson                   26                                  Ostler                             do

John Anderton                        45 years                         Innkeeper            b. Walton-le-dale
Sarah Anderton                      40                                  Wife                    b. Bold
Thomas R. Anderton               12                                  Son                    b. Preston  d. 9.8.1870 aged 21 years
                                                                                                                                                                              middle name 'Robinson'
James Seed                             54                                  Ostler                         do

Henry Brown                          43 years                         Innkeeper            b. Walton
Julia Morrow                          45                                  General Servant   b. Haighton

               Not yet traced.

Julia Morrow                          67 years - widow           Lic. Vict.              b. Fernyhalgh
Ellenor Blackoe                      26                                  Niece                   b. Preston
          Julia was nee Blackoe

Thomas Blackoe                     40 years                         Lic. Vict.              b. Preston
Mary Blackoe                         41                                  Wife                    b. Salmesbury
Elizabeth Blackoe                    15                                  Daughter              b. Brindle
Frances Blackoe                      14                                 Daughter               b. Preston
Eleanor Blackoe                      12                                  Daughter                      do
Edward Blackoe                      11                                  Son                              do
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