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Thursday, 15 March 2012

STRAWBERRY GARDENS, Hudson's Brow

STRAWBERRY GARDENS
Hudson's Brow (now London Road)
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The original "Strawberry Gardens" were situated where the
Frenchwood Social Club now stands. In fact it's still it's postal address.
The replacement house was sited next to London Road, about 80 yards due east.
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 This drawing has been taken from a recently discovered plan,
drawn at the time efforts were being made to move the license from a position 90 yards to the west, to the edge of Hudson's Brow, now London Road. See lower down the page for a description of its position.
QUESTION:  WAS IT EVER BUILT?
IF IT WAS, IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE?
Please speak to elderly Fishwick residents and let me know, please.
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MINE HOSTS:
1853                      James Walmsley
1861                      Elizabeth Walmsley
1875 - 76               Charles Parker
1876 - 78               John Oldham  -  seen as Holden in one report - see 18.8.1877 below.
1881                       William Morton
1890                       John Ward
1891 - 95               Thomas Miller
1901                       Mrs Rostron
1914                       Joseph Sumner
1926     Court evidence that it was still open
1926                       J. Baldwin (Barratt's Trade Directory)
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In the 1851 census, there was a property
in Fishwick called Hudson's Brow or Strawberry House.
It was occupied by James Walmsley (45 years) 
and Betty Walmsley (44 years) b. Preston.
James was described as a joiner, employing 
four labourers. He was born in Walton.
They had a 19 year old daughter, Margaret,
and had a 59 year old annuitant called Frances Hodgson
lodging with them. She was born in Preston.

See next article, also.
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EXCELLENT GRASS FOR COWS
TO BE LET, by the week, GRASS for COWS, at
Hudson's Brow, adjoining Mr. James Walmsley's
Strawberry Gardens, Fishwick.
For particulars apply to Mr. James Walmsley
at the Strawberry Gardens.
Preston Chronicle  14th May 1853
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CHARLES PARKER, keeper of the beerhouse, Fishwick
Strawberry Gardens, was summoned for having persons
in his house on Sunday 11th July, during prohibited hours.

P.S. Keefe said he, in company with another officer,
visited the defendant's house shortly before 5 o'clock on
the above date, and there found eight men and some females
in the house drinking beer.

For the defence it was contended that the gardens were
very much frequented, and that parties went there saying
they were from Blackburn and other places, and thereby
obtaining admission under false pretences. Mr. Parker 
was in the gardens at the time.

Fined 10s and costs.
Preston Chronicle 7th August 1875
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Preston Chronicle 2nd September 1876
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STEALING FRUIT
William King was charged with stealing one pound
of appleas and pears belonging to John Holden, of
the Strawberry Gardens, Fishwick Brow, on the 
previous Thursday. He was found guilty and
sentenced to 21 days imprsonment with hard labour.
Preston Chronicle 18th August 1877
I think this is a Court Reporter's hearing error.
He should have heard 'Oldham'
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Liverpool Mercury  17th August 1878
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CENSUS RETURNS
1861
Elizabeth Walmsley        49 years widow         Beerseller &                   b. Preston
                                                                   Proprietor of Public Gardens
1871
Charles Parker               43 years                   Nursery Gardener             b. Walton-le-dale
Elizabeth Parker             45                            Wife                                     b. Lancaster
Charles Parker              16           Son / Time Keeper in Cotton Mill      b. Condover, Salop
Henry Parker                 13                    Son / Cotton Weaver                           do
William Parker              11                         Son / Scholar                                  do
Frederick Parker            8                          Son / Scholar                                 do
Ann L. Parker                 5                         Daughter / Scholar                b. Whittle Woolton?
Herbert Parker               1                              Son                                     b. Fishwick

1881
William Morton             58 years                   Gardener                          b. Roxburghshire
Margaret Morton           52                              Wife                           b. Langholm, Dumfries
Robert Morton                27                            Son                                  b. Roburton ?
Martha Morton               28                             Daughter                          b. Lancashire

1891
Thomas Miller               44 years                   Beerseller                         b. Preston
Anne Miller                    33                            Wife                                         do
Ethel Miller                    10                    Daughter / Scholar                            do
Agnes Hannar ? Nairey    18                     Niece / Cotton Weaver                    do   

1901

1911       
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3 comments:

  1. My dad (Allen Smith) ran the Strawberry Gardens briefly in 1980. I don't remember much about it unfortunately

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  2. Barry, I think he was probably the steward at the Strawberry Club. The pub, as a beer house, went in the 1920's. Presumably he went from here to the Cattle Market?

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  3. Yes, that would be correct. He was managing it temporarily.

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