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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

YORK HOTEL / YORK TAVERN, Church Street

YORK HOTEL  /  YORK TAVERN
46 Church Street
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It is probable that the hotel and the tavern were run as two separate entities.
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MINE HOSTS:
1839 - 40                Mr. W. Garstang
1840 - 42                John Rigg
1848                       Mr. P. Smith
1851 - 61                Richard Bibby
1863 - 70                Thomas Smith
1870 - 75                John Meagher
  In the Preston Chronicle  20.11.1875, is a record that the licence passed from 'Mr. Leaver' to Westray?
1875 - 80                Jonathan Westray - had a son called Jonathan (and also Jonathan Devenport Westray)
1881 - 82                Thomas Sharp
1882                       Jonathan Westray Junior
1882                       James Wignall
1882 - 83               Robert McCourty
1883 - 84               Thomas West
1884                       James Albert Tomlinson
1885                       Emmanuel Woods
1886 - 99               James Edward Bonney
1899 - 1900           James Wilcock
1900 - 01               Richard Rigg
1901 - 07               Charles Watson Straker
1910 - 11               Thomas Blogg  -  Was at the Lamb Hotel, Church Street, in 1913.
1913 - 17               Joseph Silver
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DESTRUCTIVE GAS EXPLOSIONS 
IN CHURCH STREET
About half past 10 o'clock on Sunday morning last,
three alarming explosions of gas occurred in this town, 
by which a considerable amount of damage was done.

The origin of the casualty is supposed to have been the
sinking of the earth contiguous to the excavations for the
new sewerage works now in progress between the ends
of Water Street (now Manchester Road), and Pole Street,
which it appears occasioned the old sewers and the gas
pipes to give way, and the latter to leak at the joints. One 
of these joints was directly over a fracture in a branch 
sewer extending from the brew-house of the York Hotel, 
kept by Mr. Bibby, at the corner of Derby Street, to the
old sewerage main in Church Street, and this branch and 
a considerable portion of the old sewerage main had
become filled with gas, a strong smell of the inflammable
vapour having been felt for two or three days, particularly
in the kitchen, cellar, and brew-house of the York Hotel.

At the time above mentioned, Henry Thompson, the ostler
at the inn, took a lighted candle into the brew-house for the
purpose of examining the gas pipes, and he was passing 
the grating of the branch sewer in the brew-house when
an explosion took place, and he was thrown down with great
violence.

Immediately afterwards two tremendous explosions occurred,
one at the bottom of Derby Street, and the other opposite
the end of Pole Street, the candle carried by the ostler 
having set fire to the gas in the sewer, which communicated
with that in the main. By the first of these explosions nearly
all the windows were broken in the upper rooms of several
houses on each side of the street; some of the shutters of the
shop of Mr. Hull, provision dealer, were shaken down, and 
several large panes of glass broken, besides those in the 
upper storeys of the house.
Preston Chronicle 6th October 1855
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TO BE LET
by Private Treaty, with immediate possession.
The "YORK HOTEL INN,"  Church Street, 
with first-rate Spirit Vaults attached, together
with extensive Yards and Stabling.
Stock to be taken at a valuation. 
The taker will be declared on Thuesday 5th
February.
For further particulars apply on the premises.
Preston Chronicle  31st January 1863
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YORK HOTEL, CHURCH STREET, PRESTON
THOMAS SMITH respectfully informs his Friends
and the public generally, that he has entered upon
the York Hotel, Church Street, where he solicits a
share of public support. It is his intention to merit 
the patronage of his friends by having always on tap
HOME BREWED ALES of the primest quality, 
BURTON and other ALES, and LONDON and
DUBLIN PORTER; on draught and in bottle, the
choicest WINE$ and SPIRITS, and refreshments
generally, of the most approved kinds.

WINES and SPIRITS, suitable for Christmas
festivities, in single bottles, at wholesale prices.

Well-aired BEDS, and good accomodation for
travellers.

Extensive STABLING and lock-up COACH-HOUSES.
Preston Chronicle  12th December 1863
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Preston Guardian  19th February 1876
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TO BE LET 
By Tender, with immediate possession.
"YORK HOTEL," Church Street.
Stock to be taken at a valuation.
Tenders received up to February 21st

Address, Mr. BIBBY, Avenham Place, Preston.
Preston Chronicle 14th February 1880
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This notice, or card, is self-explanatory.
Courtesy of Middleford Miss on Flickr.
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TO BE LET
The "YORK HOTEL," Church Street;
the house is free from Brewer or Spirit Marchant.
The stock is to be taken at valuation,
with immediate possession.
Apply Mr. BIBBY, 3 Avenham Place, or
THOMAS WEST, Auctioneer, Preston
Preston Chronicle 3rd November 1883

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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
John Rigg                            59 years                       Publican
Agnes Rigg                          61                                Wife
James Rigg                          22                                Son

1851

1861
Richard Bibby                     35 years                       Lic. Vict.                      b. Walton
Ann Bibby                          35                                Wife                             b. Salmesbury

1871
John Meagher                     46 years                       Hotel Keeper               b. Ireland
Mary Meagher                    45                                Wife                            b. Preston
Joseph Meagher                  11                                Son                                       do

1881
Thomas Sharp                    38 years                       Publican                       b. Higher Walton
Jane Sharp                         35                                Wife                            b. Houlston?
Eliza Sharp                         12                                Daughter                      b. Higher Walton
Margaret Sharp                  10                                Daughter                                do
Thomas Sharp                     8                                 Son                                        do
Hannah Sharp                     4                                  Daughter                                do

1891
James Bonney                    40 years                       Lic. Vict.                     b. Cheshire
Elizabeth Bonney                39                                Wife                            b. Preston
Annie Bonney                     11                                Daughter                               do
Elizabeth Bonney                  5                                Daughter                               do

1901
Richard Rigg                      42 years                       Hotel Manager            b.Middleton, Westmoreland
Sarah Jane Rigg                 46                                Wife                            b. Selside, Westmoreland
John Rigg                           15                                Son                             b. Middleton
Alice Jane Rigg                  12                                 Daughter                     b. Appleby
Robert G. Rigg                  10                                 Son                                      do
Richard Rigg                       6                                  Son                                      do

1911
Thomas Blogg                   51 years                      Lic. Vict.           b. Sheringham, Norfolk
Emily Blogg                       54                                 Wife                           b. Shropshire
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