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Sunday, 23 September 2012


31 Fishergate
The image is shown courtesy of Trevor Kirkham, Preston Historical Society.

1825                      William Dobson
1828 - 29              John Green
1831 - 32              John Porter
1833                      Benjamin Raby  -  moved from the Joiners' Arms in Lord Street.
1836                      Mr. Sutcliffe
1838 - 42              Mrs. Anne Hodgkinson (Hodkinson)
1850 - 54              Charles Utley
1854 - 61              George Parker  d. 28.8.1861 aged 59 years. An Auctioneer as well as an Innkeeper,
                                                                                he was, for 26 years, one of the Sheriff's Officers for the County.
                                                                                Came from the Mitre Inn, a few doors away towards the town centre.
1861 - 62              Mary Irvin
1862 - 63              Sarah Agnes Parker
1864 - 73              Thomas Heaps
1875 - 85              William Kenyon
1889 - 95              James Bowling
1901 - 13              Lawrence Fish
1917 - 19             John P. Kim
1920   Demolished at around this time, and Woolworths was built on its footprint.

NB. In the Preston Guardian 23.8.1879, there was a notice of a transfer of the licence for the Shelley Arms, from Mary Hannah Hardman to Helena Mary Barnett. Were they manageresses, or was there another explanation?


Lady Shelley wrote from 35 Belgrave Square, London, to James Teebay asking him to organise a celebration of her son’s birthday for her Lancashire tenants at the Shelley Arms in Preston. Preferably this was to be on 4 June, the happiest day of her life, the 23rd anniversary of her marriage. [LRO. DDPR 130/19]. The letter is undated but the context makes it 1830. We have no evidence of a reply. The Shelley Arms and Commercial Hotel was situated on Fishergate and was demolished in 1934 when Woolworth’s store was built on the site.    Contribution from: Trevor Kirkham, Preston Historical Society.

Preston Chronicle  24th March 1832
Manchester Courier  6th May 1843
Preston Chronicle  11th June 1853
Lancaster Gazette  23rd September 1854
Preston Chronicle  7th October 1854
 Preston Chronicle  7th October 1854
Author unknown,
PRESTON CHRONICLE 29th AUGUST 1863.  The licence
of the Shelley's Arms Hotel was suspended following
complaints made about the "Dancing Rooms" at these
Preston Chronicle 11th June 1864
Thanks to Heather Crook for the photograph. See enlargement of wording, below.
This is the gravestone of Thomas Heaps' father, also Thomas. 
Both were veterinary surgeons, and in the 1851 Census, both
were listed as 'druggists' at 149, Friargate, Preston

Presented to Mrs Sarah Agnes Parker,/ on her retirement into private life,
as a memento of the high esteem/ of a numerous body of friends/ & as a token
of approval of the manner/ in which she has catered for the comfort of/
COMMERCIAL & OTHER GENTLEMEN/ for a period of 27 years/ PRESTON, MAY 1864.

Courtesy of a relative of Sarah Parker - Nick Shippobotham of South Wales.
 Lancaster Gazette  11th March 1865
Preston Chronicle  29th April 1865
An example of a Sheriff's Court Case, held in the "Shelley's Arms"
RIMMER v RIMMER The Shooting of a Coursing Greyhound "Tramp".
Preston Chronicle 26th October 1867
Another item, courtesy of Trevor Kirkham,
Preston Historical Society.
 Leeds Mercury  14th June 1871
Preston Chronicle  19th December 1874
 Manchester Courier  7th May 1877
 Lancaster Gazette   21st May 1879
 Manchester Courier  5th June 1880
 Manchester Courier  19th September 1885
Manchester Courier  23rd June 1886
 Manchester Courier  24th August 1894
Lancashire Evening Post  3rd May 1899
 Lancashire Evening Post  6th June 1905
 Lancashire Evening Post  13th April 1918
 Lancashire Evening Post  7th September 1918
Lancashire Evening Post  16th September 1918
 Lancashire Evening Post  22nd April 1918
 Lancashire Evening Post  20th September 1918
Lancashire Evening Post  24th October 1918
Lancashire Evening Post  22nd August 1919
Anne Hodkinson               40 years                       Publican
John Hodkinson                22                                Son
Jane Hodkinson                20                                Daughter
Ellen Hodkinson                15                               Daughter
Elizabeth Hodkinson          14                               Daughter

Charles Utley                    34 years - widower.     Innkeeper         b. West Scrafton, Yorks.
Charles Utley                     4                                 Son                             b. Preston

George Parker                  51 years                       Innkeeper                   b. Much Hoole
                                                                     Sheriff's Officer, etc.
Sarah Parker                    46                                Wife                           b. Lancaster
Maria Parker                    22                                Daughter                    b. Preston
Fanny Beanland                24                                Daughter                            do
                                                                   An Innkeeper's wife.
Sarah Agnes Beanland       3                    Grand-daughter          b. Lower Boyton? Lancs
Fanny Beanland                 2                          Grand-daughter                      do
Maria Beanland              3 months              Grand-daughter          b. Preston

Thomas Heaps                 35 years                        Hotel Keeper             b. Preston
Maria Jane Heaps           32                                   Wife                                   do  (Daughter of George and Sarah Parker - see 1861).
Sarah Margaret Heaps      8                                  Daughter                             do

William Kenyon                31 years                     Hotel Proprietor         b. Preston
Margaret Kenyon             28                                Wife                           b. Liverpool

James Bowling                  60 years                       Hotel Proprietor         b. Leyland
Sarah Bowling                  54                                 Sister                         b. Walton-le-dale

Lawrence Fish                  34 years                       Hotel Proprietor         b. Manchester
Minnie Fish                       33                                Wife                          b. Cambridgeshire
Raymond Fish                    7                                 Son                           b. Fifeshire
Muriel Fish                         6                                 Daughter                            do
Kathleen Fish                     4                                 Daughter                            do
Harold Fish                        1                                  Son                          b. Blackpool

Lawrence Fish                  44 years                       Hotel Proprietor        b. Longsight, Manchester
Minnie Fish                       43                   Wife / Assisting in business     b. Coats, Cambridge
Raymond Fish                   17                    Son / Agricultural Student     b. Elie, Fife
Muriel Osborne Fish          16                               Daughter                         do
Kathlene Mans Fish           14                               Daughter                         do
Harold Sam Fish               11                                Son                          b. Blackpool
Kate Wallace                    49                                Visitor                      b. Coats, Cambridge
Mary Capper                    38                               Servant / Barmaid     b. Wolverhampton
Beatrice Deamley              25                               Servant / Barmaid     b. Manchester
Nellie Slevin                      26                          Servant / Chambermaid  b. Millom
Catherine Conroy              27                             General Servant          b. Harrington, Lancs
Marie McKernan              51                               Servant / Cook         b. Co Cavan, Ireland
Sarah Elizabeth Bennett     37                              Servant / Waitress     b. Bulwell, Notts
Janet Cannon                    32                       Servant / Kitchen Maid     b. Kendal, Westmoreland
William Thompson            22                               Servant / Porter        b. Preston


  1. Lawrence Fish was my great grandfather. It's so nice seeing his name here and my grandmother too Muriel Fish. Thank you for your hard work!

    1. Hello Jill, re my recent post on one of the Preston Facebook sites, you must give me some 'family' information about the Shelley Arms. I'm hoping to feature it in an upcoming LEP Wednesday RETRO article. Steve H.

  2. Hi Steve I've just posted a few things regarding the Fish family on the Preston Past and Present Facebook page for you to take a look at! I have some internal photos of the hotel somewhere will have a look for them. Cheers. Jill