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Thursday, 7 March 2013

THEATRE TAVERN, Fishergate

THEATRE TAVERN
49 Fishergate
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Photograph courtesy of Glenn Woolley
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Here's the replacement that most of us remember. I'm sure there must
be plenty of stories about the Theatre.
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MINE HOSTS:
1805       See article
1812                      John Mayor
1813                      Mrs. Nuttall  - see death notice, below23.1.1813
1818                      E. Williams      Mrs. Williams d. 15.10.1818 - don't know if this is 'E' Williams.
1818 - 25              Ann Anderson  d. 4.12.1825
1829                      William Croasdale
1831 - 44              Mrs Ann Croasdale   PC. 31.8.1839 gave applicant for licence as Mary Robinson, and the owner
                                                                                                             of the property as Peter Catterall.   Mary R.  of 1853 - 1866 
                                                                                                             would only be about 20 years of age at this time. Was it her 
                                                                                                             that was being referred to?
1845 - 52              Ann Hunt
1852 - 53              William Robinson     d.19.11.1853 aged 35 years 'after a lengthy illness.'
1853 - 66              Mary Robinson        d. 26.4.1866 aged 48 years.
1866 - 68              John McGlinchy
1868 - 70              David Kearton          d.   1870
1870 - 74              Mrs. Maria Kearton
1874 - 87              William Badger
1887 - 95              John McConnell
1895 - 1904          Eleanor McConnell
1907 - 17              Elizabeth Ann McConnell
1924 -44               William Alfred Watt  -  possibly went to the Old Black Bull, Friargate.

early 1970's          Bill Webster (I think)
1987        CLOSED
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On Tuesday 12th February 1805, a man, a
lodger at the Theatre Tavern, in Preston,
precipitated himself through a window, 
three stories high, by which he was so
dreadfully bruised, as to deprive him of
the use of his limbs.
Lancaster Gazette  23rd February 1805
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DEATH: On Tuesday last, Mr. Thomas Almond,
aged 20 years, son of Mrs. Nuttall, late of the
Theatre Tavern, in this town.
Preston Chronicle  23rd January 1813 
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DEATH:  On Thursday last, suddenly,
Mrs. Williams, of the Theatre Tavern, 
in Preston.
Lancaster Gazette. 17th October 1818
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Morning Post (London)  28th December 1818
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Preston Chronicle 31st May 1834
This came up in a search for the Bridge Inn, Penwortham.
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Blackburn Standard   26th April 1837
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.............and so it continued
Preston Chronicle   20th September 1845
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THEATRE TAVERN, PRESTON
WILLIAM ROBINSON
GOODS MANAGER, RAILWAY STATION, PRESTON.
BEGS respectfully to inform his Friends and the
Public that he has entered upon the above old-
established House, and trusts, by keeping articles
of the first quality to obtain a share of their 
patronage and support.
BASS'S SUPERIOR EAST INDIA PALE ALE
REID & Co's LONDON DOUBLE BROWN STOUT

N.B. Good Stabling and Lock-up COACH-HOUSE
49 Fishergate, Preston.
Preston Chronicle 6th November 1852
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Preston Chronicle    26th November 1853
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EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES
On the afternoon of Saturday 5th June, 1858,
JamesHardacre and Henry Bryning were repairing 
the chimneys on the roof of the Theatre Tavern.
Hardacre was supporting the ladder on which Bryning
was standing, while painting a chimney pot, but he 
lost his footing and slid down the roof.

In passing the cornice he made a desperate clutch
at the woodwork, and actually supported himself
by his hands for some moments, but, being
exhausted, he was obliged to let go of his hold, 
and fell into Theatre Street. He alighted on his
feet, and miraculously escaped with a severe 
shaking only. 

When Hardacre let go of his hold of the ladder, 
Bryning fell with it upon the roof, and he rolled
down the slates, but his progress was fortunately
stopped by the cornice.
Preston Chronicle 12th June 1858
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THEATRE TAVERN VAULTS
M. ROBINSON begs to inform her Friends
and the Public generally, that she has opened
SPIRIT, ALE, and PORTER VAULTS, in
connection with the Theatre Tavern, where
she purposes supplying none but first-rate 
articles at the usual vault prices.
Preston Chronicle 24th December 1859
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Preston Chronicle   23rd February 1861
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Preston Chronicle   1st December 1866
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The above advertisement appeared almost weekly from
29.12.1866 to 14.3.1868.
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Preston Chronicle   6th April 1867
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Preston Chronicle   7th December 1867
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The Creditors of Mr. J. McGlinchy, 
late of the Theatre Tavern, are requested
to send in their CLAIMS to Mr. WATSON,
Solicitor, Winckley Street, on or before
the 18th inst.
Full particulars required.
Preston Chronicle 11th April 1868
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Preston Chronicle   2nd November 1872
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Lancaster Gazette   11th April 1874
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Preston Chronicle  26th June 1880
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Preston Chronicle  24th June 1882
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Preston Chronicle   28th October 1882
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Preston Chronicle   4th November 1882
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A poor image, taken c.1912, but McConnell's
Theatre Hotel can be seen far right. The McConnell
family had been there for around 25 years at that point.

The question mark was inserted by staff at the Harris Reference Library.
I think that early 18th century is an error. Should read 19th century.
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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
Ann Croasdale                     35 years                         Innkeeper
Margaret Croasdale              85                                 Independent

1851
Ann Hunt                             35 years                         Innkeeper                  b. Hoole, Lancs.

1861

1871
Maria Kearton                     25 years                         Innkeeper                  b. Pilling
Ada L. Fowler                     13                                  Sister                         b. Preston

1881
William Badger                    40 years                         Innkeeper                  b. Preston
Jane Badger                         56                                  Wife                         b. Westmoreland

1891
John McConnell                  52 years                         Lic. Vict.                    b. Ireland
Eleanor McConnell              49                                  Wife                                   do
Beatrice McConnell             18                                  Daughter                    b. Aldershot

1901
Eleanor McConnell              53 years                         Hotel Keeper             b. Ireland
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