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Sunday, 4 March 2012

PARK PLACE TAVERN, Park Place

PARK PLACE TAVERN
16 Park Place
(off New Cock Yard)
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MINE HOST:
1867 - 69       Mary Ann Taylor
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In 1869 the licence was refused on the grounds
that it harboured thieves and prostitutes.

In 1870 Mary Ann Taylor was committed to the
Sessions for keeping a brothel. By this time the
beerhouse had lost its licence. See below.
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PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS
At the borough Police Court, yesterday, an
iron worker named Lawrence Hodges was 
charged with stealing a bottle of British wine,
the property of Mr. Thomas Heaton, Great
George Street.

On Saturday night Heaton and his wife were
at the Park Place Tavern beerhouse, and whilst
there a bottle of British wine was extracted from
a basket he had with him. Hosges was suspected,
and challenged with the offence, but he denied
having taken it. Upon a search being made, the
wine was found at a house in New Cock Yard,
where the prisoner had taken it.

He was sent to prison for a month.
Preston Chronicle 28th December 1867
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ADJOURNED BREWSTER SESSIONS
Mary Ann Taylor, Park Place Tavern,
Park Place, had her licence objected to.
P.C. Upton said he had visited the house,
and had seen prostitutes there. There were
two of them who lived there. P.C. Williams
said he had visited the house and had seen
two, and sometimes three prostitutes there.
He was asked by the Bench whether he had
seen more than three prostitutes there? and
he said, "No, Sir."
P.C. Watson said he had visited the house 
every night during the last month, and he had
seen prostitutes there, and on two or three
occasions he had seen convicted thieves there.

He had never missed finding prostitutes there
when he went. A memorial from the inhabitants
was handed to the Bench, stating that the house
was a nuisance, and was signed by all but one
of the neighbours.

The licence was refused.
Preston Chronicle  18th September 1869
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