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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

PLEASURE BOAT INN, Ribbleside

PLEASURE BOAT INN
Ribbleside
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a.k.a. "THE BOAT HOUSE"
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MINE HOSTS:
1859                        Thomas Atkinson
1861 - 70 ?              John Crook
1870 ?                     William Monk - P.C. 20.8.1870 noted a change from Monk to Crook
1870 - 95                John Crook
1899                       John Atkinson
1901                        W.  Atkinson?
1901 - 04                John Atkinson
1905                        Henry Atkinson
1907                        T. Collins
1910                        William Monk
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BOAT HOUSE, RIBBLESIDE
THOMAS ATKINSON begs most respectfully to
inform the public that the BOAT HOUSE is
NOW OPEN, where they will find Prime Home-
brewed ALES, Bottled and Draught PORTER,
Burton Pale and Bitter Ales, Foreign CIGARS,
&c., &c., of the First Quality.

PLEASURE BOATS FOR HIRE.
Preston Chronicle  2nd July 1859
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CAPTURE OF A PORPOISE IN THE RIBBLE
On Tuesday afternoon, a large porpoise was
seen rolling up the river, there being a 
fresh-running at the time. Mr Crook, who keeps
the Pleasure Boat Inn, at once set off in pursuit,
and being joined by several others, enjoyed some
famous sport for about two hours. The fish was at
last captured, after having been several times 
wounded by shot.

It is on view at Mr. Crook's house.
Preston Chronicle  12th March 1862
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Preston Chronicle  12th March 1862
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Preston Chronicle  23rd July 1862
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Preston Chronicle  27th September 1862
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 Lancaster Gazette  9th May 1863
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Preston Guardian  16th May 1863
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SAVED FROM DROWNING
A boy, about 7 years old, son of Mr. Laverty,
late Superintendant of Police at Blackburn, 
had a narrow escape from drowning in the Ribble
on Monday. 

He had been sailing in a boat, along with two other
 boys, in the river, and afterwards accidentally fell 
into the water near the Pleasure Boat Inn. The 
water was deep at the place where he got in.

Mr. Crook, landlord of the Pleasure Boat Inn, 
saw the boy in the river, and at once swam out to
his assistance, secured him when in a somewhat
exhausted state, and brought him to the shore.
The lad was "brought round" in the course of the day.

This is the third instance when Mr. Crook has been 
instrumental in rescuing persons from a watery grave
 in the Ribble.
Preston Chronicle 4th July 1863
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Preston Chronicle  3rd October 1863
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Preston Chronicle  10th October 1863
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 Lancaster Gazette  13th August 1864
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NATURAL CURIOSITIES
Mr. J. Crook, proprietor of the Pleasure Boat Inn,
has just obtained a collection of birds, both British
and Foreign, and are available for inspection at his
house.

The birds were collected by the late Mr. R. Smith,
ornithologist, of Preston. Some of them are of an
exceedingly fine description.

The cases include a colossal emu, a fine Bewick
Swan, macaws of splendid plumage, parrots, 
British and foreign owls, a bittern, a large variety
of pheasants, hoopoes, orioles, grouse, plantain
eaters, birds of paradise, &c.

To all who have a taste for the curious and the
exquisite in ornithology, the above collection 
cannot fail to give both pleasure and satisfaction.
Preston Chronicle 9th April 1864
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Preston Chronicle  1st October 1864
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Preston Chronicle  2nd September 1865
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PRESTON  EXHIBITION  No. VI
.............Mr. J. Crook of the "Pleasure
Boat Inn," showed a beautiful model
of a barque, and a model of a schooner,
made from the breast-bone of a bantam-cock.
Preston Chronicle  11th November 1865
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Preston Chronicle  11th August 1866
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Preston Chronicle  11th August 1866
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TO BE SOLD
A first-class four-oared CUTTER,
suitable for a Rowing Club; also
a number of small PLEASURE BOATS.
Apply to JOHN CROOK,
Pleasure Boat Inn, Ribbleside.
Preston Chronicle 13th October 1866
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FLOODS OF 1866
...........The front walls of the Pleasure Boat Inn were
laid bare to the very foundations; and Mr. Crook, the 
tenant, has sustained a serious loss by the flood. The 
water rose in his house to a depth of 30 inches on the
ground floor, and barrels of ale, porter, and wine, and
bottles of the same liquors, were floated out of the 
cellars and scattered over the fields in the vicinity, and
down towards the sea.

Among the goods he lost in this way were two casks of 
wine, containing 36 gallons each, which he received only 
on the Wednesday previous. Twenty of his boats were
floated away, and he had given up most of them as lost.
Preston Chronicle 24th November 1866

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TO BE SOLD,  a first-class
SELF-ACTING ORGAN -
Apply to John Crook,
Pleasure Boat Inn, Ribbleside.
Preston Chronicle  7th September 1867
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 Liverpool Mercury  9th March 1871
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continued................................

 Lancaster Gazette  11th March 1871
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 Leeds Mercury 31st October 1872
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 London Standard  11th March 1873
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 London Standard  12th April 1873
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 Preston Guardian  19th April 1873
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TWENTY-THREE LIVES SAVED BY ONE MAN
In a letter to the Preston Chronicle, there was
reference to the brave deeds carried out by the
landlord of the Pleasure Boat Inn:-
............Mr. Crook of the Pleasure Boat Inn, has,
during the last 14 years, been the means of saving
23 persons who have been upset when sailing on the river,
although it is believed that there has only been one accident 
involving his own boats.
Preston Chronicle 19th April 1873
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 Preston Guardian  24th May 1873
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THE inhabitants of Blackburn have presented a
testimonial to Mr. Crook, of Ribbleside, Preston,
in recognition of his courage in saving three
Blackburn men from drowning last Good Friday morning.

The testimonial consisted of an illuminated address
and a china tea-service to Mrs. Crook. A testimonial
is now being subscribed for in Preston for Mr. Crook, 
who has been instrumental in saving a great number
of lives from drowning in the river.
LYTHAM & KIRKHAM TIMES, 16th July 1873
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 Blackburn Standard  4th June 1873
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THE MEDAL


The photographs above are of the medal presented to Mr. John Crook in celebration of him
having saved the lives of 23 people over the years, by his diligence and bravery.
The  images come courtesy of Heather Crook (not thought to be a relative)
Thank you Heather.

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Preston
 Chronicle.    12th September 1874
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PLEASURE BOAT INN
RIBBLE SIDE
J. CROOK, Proprietor of the above inn, begs to thank
his Friends and the Public for the liberal patronage they
have extended to him in the past, and wishes now to 
inform them that having obtained a SPIRIT LICENCE
he will be able still further to meet their requirements
and provide that accommodation which hitherto he has
been unable to fully supply.

A large stock of every description of Spirits has been
secured; and those who visit the establishment may rely
upon being served with a genuine and bona fide article.

WINES, SPIRITS, ALES, CIGARS, &c.
Preston Chronicle  10th October 1874
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Preston Guardian  12th December 1874
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 Preston Herald   5th May 1875
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 Preston Guardian  19th June 1875
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 Preston Guardian  17th July 1875
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APPLICATION:  John Crook, of the Pleasure
Boat Inn, Ribbleside, applied for an occasional licence
to sell drink on the Penwortham side of the Ribble on
the occasion of a regatta.
The Bench refused it on the grounds that they
considered it unfair to the person owning a licence
on that side of the water.
Preston Guardian   18th September 1875
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Preston Herald   24th November 1875
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 Preston Guardian  1st January 1876
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 Manchester Times  4th May 1878
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EASTER BY THE RIBBLE
...............further on we came to the river, to the
banks of which there is always an immense influx 
of young persons at Easter-tide. Here, the numerous 
pleasure boats were plying to and fro, indeed the
water was thickly studded with sailing craft of all kinds.

But the centre of attraction on the river this year, was
a neat pleasure steam launch belonging to Mr. J. Crook,
of the Pleasure Boat Inn, which found scores of admiring 
patronisers, and which contrasted strikingly with a 
clumsy paddling machine that somebody had brought
up the river with which to make a few catch-pence.

The little screw-steamer of Mr. Crook will be a
valuable acquisition to the river, and as it comfortably
accommodates about 30 people, is admirably adapted
for picnic and other parties.
Preston Chronicle 19th April 1879
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Liverpool Mercury  29th June 1881
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 Preston Herald   17th March 1883
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 Preston Herald   21st March 1883
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 Lancaster Gazette  5th September 1883
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 Preston Herald   6th October 1883
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 Preston Guardian  27th June 1885
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Preston Guardian  11th July 1885
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 Preston Herald   2nd September 1885
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Preston Guardian  11th June 1887
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 Preston Guardian  16th March 1889
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 Liverpool Mercury  30th September 1890
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 Liverpool Mercury  18th May 1891
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 Liverpool Mercury  11th August 1891
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 Preston Herald   13th September 1902
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 Preston Herald   23rd May 1914
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CENSUS RETURNS
1861
John Crook                      28 years                     Beerhouse Keeper             b. Salmesbury
Margaret Crook               31                              Wife                                  b. Newburgh
John Crook                       3                               Son                                   b. Preston

1871
John Crook                      38 years                     Beerseller                          b. Salmesbury
Margaret Crook               41                              Wife                                  b. Ormskirk
John Crook                      13                              Son                                   b. Preston
William Crook                   8                               Son                                            do
Selina Crook                     6                               Daughter                                    do
Mary Monk                     70                              Mother-in-law                   b. Hoghton

1881
John Crook                     49 years                     Innkeeper                       b. Salisbury?
Margaret Crook              52                              Wife                                  b. Newburgh
John Crook                     23                              Son                                   b. Preston
William Crook                 18                              Son                                            do
Sophia Crook                  16                               Daughter                                  do

1891
John Crook                     59 years                  Boat-builder & Publican    b. Salmesbury
Margaret Crook              62                              Wife                                 b. Burscough
William Crook                 28                              Boat-builder                     b. Preston.

1901
John Atkinson                 39 years                      Publican                           b. Bolton
Margaret A. Atkinson     37                               Wife                                b. Preston
Mary G. Atkinson           15                               Daughter                         b. Bolton
Robert Atkinson *          12                               Son                                           do
Edith Atkinson                 6                                Daughter                                 do

* died 14th December 1902. Drowned in River Ribble.
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