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Monday, 17 December 2012

CASTLE HOTEL, Market Place

29 Market Place.
This image was taken in about 1906. The bay windows are still a feature of the hotel, but there
have been a number of other changes down the years.
1623    First built
1680                 Mrs. Langton, widow.
1785                 John Nightingale
1805                 Matthew Fisher 
1810 - 14         Thomas Scott
1815 - 17         Peter Sharples          -    had been at the "Swan Inn" New Street.
1818                Joseph Ditchfield
1821                James Towers     -  d. 11.12.1821 aged 45 years
1821 - 25         Rebecca Towers - Thomas, 18 year old son, d.22.4.1830.
1828 - 41         Benjamin Smith   [d. December 1841]
1842 - 43         Mrs. Smith
1849 - 54         William Glade  [d. 7.1.1864 aged 64 years]
1857                 Charles Bannerman
1857 - 71         Elizabeth Bannerman
1873 - 75         Charles Rich  [d. 11.10.1875 aged 43 years] #
1875 - 91         Mrs. Mary Rich
1891 - 99         Harry Thornton Isherwood
1900 - 1901     Annie Sophia Kendall
1901                Annie Sophia Smith 
1904 - 05        William Ramsden Smith

#  Owned by Charles Frederick Rich (provision Dealer), Stanley Croft, Ansdell Road, Lytham.
by  Paul D. Swarbrick
Originally known as the Castle Inn and was built in 1623, the Castle Hotel was situated in Cheapside opposite the Market Square.  It was very much a favourite hostelry in the centre of the town for many Prestonians. This was also the chosen establishment for the meeting place of many building societies and insurance companies of Preston and the surrounding areas.
The whole building, especially the interior had a style of grandeur about it and Peter Whittle in his ‘History Of Preston’ (1837) wrote…“The Castle Inn, in the Market Place was erected in 1623 and was at that time deemed to be an elegant building. A fine chimney piece was placed in a room over the gateway, consisting of a frontispiece (over the fireplace) carved with a mass of miniature columns, arches, niches and caryatids, piled up to the ceiling. The columns were after the Grecian style of architecture. This piece of work was executed by Lawrence Winstanley, carver in Preston.”

The Castle and Commercial Hotel Watercolour by Edwin Beattie
One of the notable events held at the Castle Hotel in 1865 was on the completion of Preston’s new Town Hall when one hundred and fifty of the workmen involved with the Town Hall construction were entertained to a considerable lunch paid for by the Corporation and the contractors. I hesitate to think that this could happen in this day and age.
Around 1910 the Castle Hotel was purchased by the Refuge Assurance Company, was transformed into commercial premises and was then known as ‘Castle Chambers’. During the years following the change of use companies and shops were to occupy the various units the building was divided into. In  the early part of the twentieth century the Football League were to take up tenancy in part of the premises and remained there for some years. In the main photograph above of the Castle Hotel, it can be seen that the premises on the lower right of the image is the Argenta Meat Company based in Oldham who, interestingly, eventually became Dewhurst’s The Master Butchers. Also in this image the underpass to the left of the butchers that would originally lead to the courtyard behind the hotel and eventually became a narrow thoroughfare leading to the premises of the Lancashire Evening Post for use of their vans to collect newspapers from the presses for delivery.
In the early 1990′s, following the closure of Castle Chambers in 1989, the whole of the building was remodeled and was replaced by shops as it is today. One small feature still remains though and that is a small ‘spur stone’ at the junction of two of the shops and this is illustrated in the image below. I wonder how many people pass this every day on Cheapside in Preston and never really notice it.
This is a useful plan. It shows the Castle Hotel's position on the Market Place,
directly opposite the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, and if you draw an imaginary 
line, it stretched back to a point level with Guildhall Street.

 Manchester Mercury   22nd March 1785
Lancaster Gazette  23rd March 1805
Date on leaflet / poster 13th September 1805

 Lancaster Gazette  13th August 1814
Lancaster Gazette  29th July 1815
Lancaster Gazette   22nd March 1817
Preston Chronicle   27th January 1821
Begs to inform the Public, and his Friends in general that he will commence 
Running his COACH every day (Sunday excepted), on Monday next, 4th
April, to Preston and back, leaving the Clifton Arms Hotel, Lytham, at half
past eight o'clock, and the CASTLE INN, Market Place, Preston, every 
evening at a quarter before four, except Saturday, which will be a quarter
before five.
Preston Chronicle  2nd April 1831
No. 6 St. Ann Street, Liverpool
Respectfully informs the Ladies of Preston and its vicinity, that 
Mrs. Bootle will be at the CASTLE INN, Market Place, on the
20th November, where she will have an Assortment of 200 Pairs 
of the most Fashionable French and English STAYS, for their
inspection, from 15s to 20s per pair.
Mrs. B will remain at the above place a week.
Preston Chronicle  10th November 1832

 Poster from 1841
ALL persons who have any claims or demands against the late 
Mr. Benjamin Smith, of the Castle Inn, Market Place, Preston,
are requested to send in their accounts and the nature of their
securities (if any) to Mrs. Smith of the Castle Inn, aforesaid,
in order that the same may be examined previous to being
discharged; and all persons indebted to the said Mr. Benjamin
Smith, are requested to pay their accounts forthwith, to the said Mrs. Smith.
Preston Chronicle  18th December 1841

Preston Chronicle  17th December 1853
Preston Chronicle    February 1859
 Preston Chronicle  10th July 1880
Benjamin Smith                      35 years                   Publican               b.
Alice Smith                            35                            Wife

William Glade                        50 years                   Hotel Keeper       b. Yarcombe, Devon
Alice Glade                           45                            Wife                     b. Goosnargh
            Was this Alice Smith of 1841?

Elizabeth Bannerman             40 years widow        Hotel Keeper       b. Preston
Jane McKie                          35                             Assistant                       do

Elizabeth Bannerman               48 years                   Hotel Keeper       b. Preston

Mary Rich                            46 years                    Hotel Proprietor   b. Salford
Annie S. Rich                       20                             Daughter              b. Manchester
Ellen B. Rich                        19                             Daughter                       do
Charles F. Rich                    15                             Son                               do
James S. Rich                      10                             Son                               do

Harry I. Isherwood              29 years                    Hotel Proprietor   b. Oldham
James S. Rich                      20                             Brother-in-law     b. Manchester

William R. Smith                 36 years                     Grocer                b. Scotland
Annie S. Smith                    40                              Hotel Keeper      b. Manchester
           I think that this is Annie S. Rich of 1881
Kathleen Kendal                 17                              Step-daughter     b. Preston
Gladys May Kendal            16                              Step-daughter             do

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