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Thursday, 31 January 2013

GREEN MAN, Back Weind

Back Weind
There was a "Green Man" before the one in Lord Street.
It is believed that when this one closed, the licence was
transferred to the new one.


1743          James Holcroft
Court Leet presentment, October 24th 1743:
Mr. James Holcroft for not repairing the Pump 
opposite the Rose and Crown, next Friargate Barrs, 
and also the Pump beyond Friargate Barrs, both
of which are very much out of repair, and if not
done in 10 days we amerce him in 20 shillings.
The "Rose and Crown" was a tavern. When the
presentment, above, was made, it was the property
of Alderman William Harrison.
Its position seems to have been a little south of Friargate Bars.
It is possible that it became, or was re-named the
"Crown and Thistle" which was on the crest of
Friargate Brow.


1684      James Whittle
1695 ..........................      
Court Leet presentment on 4th February 1684:-
"James Whittle - yt he make up his Garding hedge,
on back of ye Seven Starrs, before 10th April, 
upon pain of 6s 8d
A Court Leet presentment made in 1695 states that
the "Seven Starrs" was in Friargate; but it doesn't
mention which part of the street.

PLOUGH (PLOW), Churchgate

In the Court Leet Record for 22nd October 1701, for
"Nor any sign post at the house late the sign of the Plow,
in the Churchgate."
It isn't known where this might have been situated.
Any information to


Back Lane
Mentioned in the Court Leet Records of February 13th 1737.

The Bailiffs of the borough were caused to appear "For neglecting their
responsibilities in not repairing the streets in several parts of the town, 
particularly near the Talbot.

Anthony Hewitson commented that "it is not at all improbable that 
the licence from this inn was transferred to the public house in 
Chapel Yard, off Friargate.
Formerly the property of the Earl of Derby,
in the Back-weind.
I am tempted to connect it with the premises that
were the "Cock and Bottle" and then the "Derby Arms"
in Back Lane, opposite the end of Lord Street.
Any information to 

SUN HOTEL, Friargate

112 Friargate

1818 - 25              John Taylor
1826                      William Nightingale
1841 - 42              James Hull
1845                      John Shelliker and Elizabeth Shelliker
1851 - 53               James Moss
1854                      J. Storey
1857                      Samuel Halton
1858 - 60               William Arkwright
1861 - 71               James Rigby
1871 - 79               Richard Dobson
1879                      John Walsh
1881                      Charles T. Beckett
1881                      John Walsh
1882                      John Duckworth
1882                      Francis Pullen    -  owned by John Tinckler, Moor Park View/St. Thomas's Road,
1882 - 83               John Slater
1883 - 85              Arthur Blackburn
1885 - 94              Willam McGuiness
1894 - 95              John Aspinwall
1895 - 97              John Tinckler
1897 - 98              John Mayor
1898 - 99              William Burditt    -  owned by Catherine Grimshaw
1899 - 1900          John Tinckler
1900 - 02              William Gorse
1902 - 40              Edward Hacking
1944                     Mrs. Margaret Hacking
1957                     Thomas E. Hacking
1968 - 74              John Crook
Preston Chronicle   3rd February 1821
That the partnership heretofore subsisting between
us, the undersigned HENRY HULL, JAMES HULL,
and ROBERT HULL, as Bricksetters and Contractors,
at Preston, is this day dissolved by mutual consent,
so far as the said HENRY HULL.

All debts due and owing by or to the said late firm,
will be paid and received by the said JAMES HULL 
and ROBERT HULL, who will continue to carry on
the business in partnership together, from this date.
8th May 1838
Signed by the three
Witnessed by:  W. Charnley, Solicitor
Preston Chronicle 12th May 1838
This is thought to relate to 'our' James Hull
and other members of his family.

The Creditors of the late ROBERT SHELLIKER, of the
Sun Inn, Friargate, are requested to send in particulars of
their demands, and those who stood indebted to him at the
time of his decease, are requested to pay such Accounts
immediately, to his WIDOW, ELIZABETH SHELLIKER,
of the said SUN INN.
Preston Chronicle 19th April 1845
Preston Chronicle  29th November 1851
A youth, about 16 or 17 years of age, named James Watson,
was placed in the dock at the Town Hall, on Monday last, 
charged by Mr. James Moss, of the Sun Inn, Friargate,
with obtaining lodgings, eatables, and drinkables, at his
house under false pretences.

On the Monday previous he came to him, and represented
that he wanted lodgings for a few days, and that he came
from an uncle at Morecambe Bay. Mr. Moss told him he
would try and accommodate him, and up to Saturday last
supplied him wit all he requested, including tobacco, drink, 
and 3d for a post-office order he said he was going for on 
that day.

After he left the house to go for the order, he did not return,
and they heard nothing more of him till Sunday last, when a
woman came to enquire if they knew anything of him. This
led to his apprehension, when he stated that his father
resided at Bradford, and was a travelling Scotchman, to
whom he would write a note if they would allow him. He was
ordered to find good bail, or in default to be sent to the
House of Correction for a month.
Preston Chronicle 4th September 1852

William Cumpstey senior, and William Cumpstey junior, 
were brough up on Monday last, charged by PC. Ashby
with leaving a cart standing before the Sun Inn, Friargate,
for upwards of two hours on Saturday night last.

The policeman found the defendants in the public house, 
both drunk. Cumpstey Senior (with repentent visage):
"It's aw true, it's aw true; we both deserve finin';  
we'll pay."

They were mulcted in the penaly of 5s. each.
Preston Chronicle 27th November 1852
Preston Chronicle  5th March 1853
Preston Chronicle  24th February 1855
 Preston Guardian  30th August 1856
Preston Chronicle  3rd January 1857
Mary Livesey, a dirty, drunken-looking woman,
preferred a charge of assault against Mr. William
Arkwright, landlord of the Sun Inn, Friargate.

The complainant stated that she had been brought
up in "good behaviour," and on the previous mornng,
between one and two o'clock, she was at Arkwright's
house, when he "punched" her, knocked her down, 
and knocked some of her teeth loose. She was asked
if she had any witnesses, to which she replied, "Yes,
I have my dress." (laughter in court)  She was told
that her dress couldn't speak at all.

The defendant stated that the complainant was very
disorderly, and persisted in drinking the liquor of
other people, and his wife turned her out. She returned
and repeated her bad conduct, when he put her out

She appeared determined to come in, so he "shoved" 
her, and she fell. This occurred two or three times.
He had witnesses to prove that he hadn't "punched" her.

The case was dismissed.
Preston Chronicle  14th August 1858
A man of rather respectable exterior, named
James Greenall, was charged with stealing
£14 from a drawer in the Sun Inn, Friargate, 
the money of James Rigby, the landlord.

Miss Rigby said that on Wednesday afternoon,
the 22nd May, whilst upstairs in her father's
house, the prisoner came to her. She asked
him what he wanted, by he made no reply.

Immediately afterwards he went into another
room, and on seeing him put his hand into a
money drawer, pull out some gold and silver, 
and put them in his pocket, she rushed to him,
seized him, and threw him upon the floor. She
tehn gave an alarm, and her father came upstairs
into the room, and secured the prisoner.

Committed to the Sessions for trial.
Preston Chronicle 25th May 1861
On Monday, at the Police Court, a well-known
character, named Thomas Atherton, was
charged with stealing a weather-glass, the property 
of Mr. James Rigby, of the Sun Inn, Friargate.

Atherton went into the Sun Inn, and had two
glasses of ale on Friday the 21st inst. There was a
weather-glass, woth about £1, in the room where
he had the drink, and when he entered the place
it was safe, when he had gone, the glass was

On the night of the same day, PC. Shakeshaft saw
the prisoner at the Punch Bowl in St. John Street.
Atherton had a bag with him, which he said contained
some rags.  The officer, however, was suspicious,
and brought it along with the prisoner to the police 
station. The bag was found to contain the weather-
glass, and when charged with its theft he replied,
I thought I had borrow it from the Sunn Inn. I
intended to play some music on it."

He pleaded guilty and was sent to the House of
Correction for a month.
Preston Chronicle 29th October 1864
Richard Dobson, landlord of the Sun Inn, Friargate,
was summoned for having committed an offence against
the Licensing Act.

P.C. Edeson said that about 8.30 am on Sunday morning,
the 5th inst., he was on duty in Friargate, near to the Sunn
Inn. He said he saw the defendant at the brew-house door, 
and hand a pint bottle of whiskey to a man named Robert
Christy of 33 Edmund Street. Edeson stopped Christy, and
took the bottle back to the landlord, whom he told he should
be reported for a summons. Dobson admitted the offence, 
and the Bench, considering it a very deliberate violation of
the law, fined him 20s and costs.
Christy was fined 5s at a later court.
Preston Chronicle  18th August 1877
Taken from PNE Football Records Magazine up to the 1906 - 07 Season.
The advert relates to the year 1907.
Magazine provided by Ian Rigby, the Official PNE Historian

Taken from the 1909 edition of Preston North End's Record Book.
Supplied by Ian Rigby, the Official PNE Historian.
Margaret and Edward Hacking behind the bar at the "Sun Hotel".
The date is not known.
Eight-year old drowned at Lea
Derby Daily Telegraph  15th August 1911
James Hull                         35 years                         Innkeeper
Isabella Hull                       35                                  Wife
Ellen Hull                           15                                   Daughter
Christopher Hull                 12                                   Son
Isabella Hull                       10                                   Daughter
William Hull                         6                                   Son
Elizabeth Hull                       4                                   Daughter
James Hull                           2                                   Son

James Moss                       27 years                          Publican                    b. Preston
Mary Moss                        27                                   Wife                          b. Walton
William Moss                      3                                     Son                          b. Preston
William Moss                     59                                    Father                      b. Penwortham

James Rigby                       50 years                           Innkeeper                b. Plumpton
Agnes Rigby                       50                                    Wife                        b. Preston
Mary Rigby                        20                                    Daughter                          do
Ellen Rigby                         15                                    Daughter                          do
Agnes Rigby                       11                                    Daughter                          do

Richard Dobson                 34 years                           Publican                   b. Gainsborough, Yorks
Mary A. Dobson                33                                    Wife                        b. Preston
Thomas Dobson                  7                                     Son                                   do
James Dobson                     4                                     Son                                   do
William Dobson                  2 months                          Son                                    do

Charles Thomas Beckett    55 years                            Innkeeper                b. Mirton, Surrey
Margaret Beckett               54                                     Wife                        b. Chorley
John Charles Beckett         23                                      Son                         b. Preston
Albert Henry Gorton          16                                      Step-son                 b. Blackburn
Edith Jolly Gorton               11                                     Step-daughter                    do

William McGuinness          42 years                             Innkeeper                b. Ireland
Mary McGuinness             46                                      Wife                                 do
Eliza McGuinness              21                                      Daughter                  b. Preston
Frederick McGuinness      18                                       Son                                  do
Mary J. McGuinness         16                                       Daughter                          do
Annie McGuinness            13                                       Daughter                          do
James McGuinness            11                                       Son                                 do
Ellen McGuinness               9                                        Daughter                         do
Kate McGuinness               6                                        Daughter                         do
William McGuinness           5                                        Son                                 do

William Gorse                   48 years                             Wine Merchant         b. Blackburn
Sarah Gorse                      45                                      Wife                         b. Preston
Sarah A. Gorse                  16                                      Daughter                           do

Edward Hacking               47 years                        Publican                   b. Riston  (Rishton)
Margaret Hacking             41                                  Wife / Assistant        b. Preston
Thomas Edward Hacking  17                         Son / Cotton Spinner    b. Great Harwood
James Hacking                  15                     Son / Joiner's Apprentice    b. Riston (Rishton)
William Hacking                 7                       Son                         b. Preston     d. 13.8.1911
Elizabeth McGinnity          29                                      Domestic Servant    b. Barrow

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


14 William Street.
1841 - 53                Walter Foss
1861                        Hannah Foss
1869                        Richard Goodier
1875                        Leonard Nicholson
1875                        Joseph Kirkham
1877                        Margaret E. Clarkson
1880                        John Reynolds
1880 - 87                Richard Ware
1887 - 88                Charles Robert Halton
1888 - 89                John Gorton
1889 - 90                Thomas Dixon
1890 - 93                Frederick McGonigle
1893 - 94                Thomas Freeman
1894 - 96                Robert Marsden
1897 - 98                George Bell
1898 - 99                Emmanuel Linford
1900 - 02                William Dunderdale
1902 - 04                Richard Heaton
 Preston Chronicle  17th November 1883
 Preston Chronicle  26th April 1884
Preston Chronicle  5th November 1887
Walter Foss                         60 years                       Retail Brewer
Walter Foss                         20                                Son
Joseph Foss                         7                                  Son
James Foss                          2                                  Son
Ann Foss                            24                                   ?
Mary Foss                           1                                    ?
Isabel Scott                        22                                 Servant

Walter Foss                       35 years                        Beerseller & Provision           b. Preston
Hannah Foss                     36                                  Wife                                     b. Old Hutton, Westmorel
Mary Foss                         10                                  Daughter                              b. Preston
Joseph T. Foss                   9                                   Son                                               do
James Foss                        6                                   Son                                                do

Hannah Foss                     45 years                         Beerseller                            b. Old Hutton, Westmorel
Joseph Foss                      19                                  Son                                     b. Preston
James Foss                       16                                  Son                                               do

Richard Goodier               51 years                         Cotton Yarn Dresser           b. Preston
Margaret Goodier             57                                  Wife / Housekeeper                     do
Mary Goodier                   25                                  Daughter / Dress maker               do
Ann Marland                    27                                  Daughter / Dress maker                do
Thomas Marland              32                                  Son-in-law / Wood Sawyer          do

Richard Ware                   55 years                         Beerseller                            b. Lenham?  Kent
Hannah Ware                   50                                  Wife                                    b. Preston
Richard Ware                   11                                  Son                                               do

Frederick McGonigle        34 years                        Beerseller                            b. Preston
Elizabeth McGonigle         29                                 Wife                                            do

William Dunderdale          48 years                        Beerseller                            b. Preston
Ellen Dunderdale              48                                 Wife                                            do
Ellen Ann Dunderdale       24                                 Daughter                                     do
Matthius Dunderdale        22                                  Son                                            do
Richard Dunderdale          20                                 Son                                            do
William Dunderdale           18                                Son                                             do

Friday, 25 January 2013


4 New Street.
   ?     - 1805         Richard Clayton  -  Wife died 28th September 1805. 
1812                     Edward Worthington
1818                     John Warwick
1825                     Mary Townson
1829                     John Fitzpatrick
1834 - 43             Mr. John Riley & Elizabeth Riley - also spelt RYLEY.
1844                     Mrs. Riley (Ryley)
1845                     William Slater
1848                     Mr. Ward
1850 - 51             Ellen Ward
1853 - 54             William Parkinson
1856                     William Fisher
1860                     John Kirkham
1861                     Jane Ward
1861 - 62             James Gardner
1862 - 64             John Harrison
1865                     Jane Chew
1865                     Grace Wilding
1866 - 67             Randel (Randolf) Doran (Dornan)
1867                    John Ward
1867                    John Watson
1869                    Paul Morcella   d. 2.9.1869
1869 - 73            Mrs. Jane Morcella
1877 - 87            Joseph Morcella d. 2.4.1890, and Mary Morcella
1887 - 88            Thomas Henry Hayward
1888 - 89            James E. Billsborough
1889 - 92            John Elijah Kember  -      Took over the Golden Ball on his return from active service in 
                                                              Madras, India, where he had been 'Colour Sergeant Kember JE 
                                                              of the Oxford 43rd Light Infantry'. He received an injury to his 
                                                              right ankle joint, which was aggravated later in his service, 
                                                              ultimately leading to his discharge. His mother, Sarah Frances 
                                                              Kember, died at the Golden Ball in 1891 - see Memorial Card,
                                                              below.        By 1895 he was in the licensed trade in Rochdale.
                                                                        See lower down for John Elijah's photograph.
                                                                    Thanks are due to a descendant for this information,
                                                                                  and also for the photograph below.
1892                   William Chadwick - gaoled for assaulting his wife - separated.
1892                   Jane Chadwick
1892                   Samuel Bowler
1893                   John Newton the younger.

On Saturday 28th September 1805,
at Preston, Mrs. Clayton, wife of
Mr. Richard Clayton, late of the
Golden Ball.
Lancaster Gazette  5th October 1805
DEATH:  On the 30th ult., Mr. James Ryley,
innkeeper, Manchester, brother of Mr. John Ryley,
the Golden Ball, New Street, in this town.
Preston Chronicle  13th August 1836
Mrs. Birtwistle
Begs leave to acquaint the Public that she has fitted up
a convenient covered conveyance, which will take
passengers between Lytham and Preston every day. 

It will leave Mr. McKie's, the Commercial Inn, Lytham,
at half-past seven o'clock every morning, for Mr. Riley's,
the Golden Ball Inn, New Street, Preston, from which place
it will return to Lytham at half-past three o'clock every

A Steady Driver is Employed -
The charge is only 1s. 6d.
Preston Chronicle  1st July 1837
On Saturday night last, the members of this Society held
their anniversary at the house of Mrs. Riley, the Golden
Ball, New Street. A numerous party sat down to an excellent
supper, after which they had a dance, and it was kept up
with great spirit until a late hour, when they separated,
highly gratified with their evening's entertainment.
Preston Chronicle 27th January 1844
Valuable Freehold Property, Free from Ground Rent
By Mr. Richard DUCKETT, Auctioneer.
By order of the Executors of the late Mr. John
Salthouse, deceased, at the house of Mr. William
Slater, the sign of the Golden Ball Inn, New Street,
Preston, on 18th September next, at 7 o'clock in
the evening.

LOT 1.    The Fee-simple and Inheritance of and in all
that well-accustomed INN or PUBLIC-HOUSE, called
the "GOLDEN BALL," situate in New Street, near the
Market Place, and now in the occupation of the said
Mr. Slater.
Preston Chronicle 30th August 1845
Preston Chronicle 7th March 1846

On Monday evening last, the anniversary of the
Preston Branch of the Order of Mechanics was
held at Mr. Ward's, the Golden Ball, New Street.

The room was tastefully decorated with evergreens,
flags and banners.

About 50 sat down to an excellent dinner, and after
ample justice had been done to the good things of
this world, several loyal and patriotic toasts were 
given and responded to.

The tables were then removed, and musicians being 
called in, the remainder of the evening was spent in
Preston Chronicle 15th July 1848

Preston Chronicle 11th January 1851
Preston Chronicle 6th September 1851
Preston Guardian  30th September 1854
TO BE LET, with immediate possession, the
Street, Preston. There is a roomy and
comfortable Bagatelle and Club Room upon the
premises. The stock, which is light, to be taken
at a valuation.
Apply on the premises, or to 
MR. JAMES WARD, Cross Keys, Market Place.
Preston Chronicle 29th December 1855
DEATH: On 6.4.1856, very
suddenly, Robert Henry, infant 
son of Mr. William Fisher, of
the Golden Ball, New Street,
in this town.
Preston Chronicle 12th April 1856
The Mayor asked Mr. Dunn, the Chief Constable,
whether he had any complaints to make.

In reply, Mr. Dunn said that owing to the manner 
in which the Golden Ball Inn in New Street, as 
regarded prostitution, had been carried on, he 
asked the Bench not to renew the licence. The 
man who obtained the last licence for the house, 
Randolph Doran, told a falsehood to the Magistrates
when he obtained it, by saying that he intended living
at it himself, but that he had never done so.

Doran was called, and in reply to the Bench, 
said he did not want a renewal of the licence.
Preston Chronicle  1st September 1866
This is interesting, because after reading the next
article, take note that Doran was back as landlord
until 1867.
held at the Police Court on Wednesday morning, when applications
were made for the renewal of licences suspended at the annual
licensing session on the 31st ult.

Mr. Watson pleaded for the renewal of the Golden Ball Inn, New
Street, kept by Randolph Doran. He stated that the owner of the
house, Mr. James Ward, proposed taking the management of it 
himself, and that the house would be better conducted than it had
previously.  Licence granted.
Preston Chronicle 15th September 1866
Thomas Atherton, alias "Star Gazer," was charged
with stealing a watch, the property of Jane Morcella,
landlady of the Golden Ball public house, New Street.

Mr. Dunn, prosecuting, said that the circumstances of 
the case was pretty clear, but he should be obliged to 
asked for a  remand until Friday, in order to trace the
watch. Remand granted.
Preston Chronicle 10th February 1872
Preston Chronicle  8th December 1877
WANTED - A Pianist, three nights
a week. Apply Mr. Morcella,
Golden Ball Inn, New Street.
Preston Chronicle 14th August 1880

WANTED - at once, a Gentleman
PIANIST, for Free and Easy.
Apply, Golden Ball, New Street, Preston.
Preston Chronicle 4th February 1882

WANTED -  A pianist for Saturday Nights.
Apply, Golden Ball, New Street.
Preston Chronicle 4th August 1883
Mr. Morcella's house in New Street.
In about December 1885, Morcella asked the Council 
sub-committee for £3,500 (compulsory purchase?)

They knew he had purchased the property some 7 or
8 years ago, when public house prices were perhaps
25% higher than they are now, for the sum of £1,400.
Preston Chronicle 1st January 1887
Colour Sergeant John Elijah Kember
There's just nothing like a photograph to bring the page to life.
An enlarged version of Sarah Frances Kember's 
Memorial Card.
Elizabeth Riley                  35 years               Publican
Margaret Riley                 15                         Daughter
James Riley                      11                         Son
Ann Riley                         9                           Daughter
Elizabeth Riley                  7                           Daughter

Ellen Ward                       48 years                Innkeeper                       b. Settle, Yorks.
Thomas Ward                   24                        Son                                         do
Richard Ward                   20                        Son                                 b. Preston
Jane Ward                        29 years               Innkeeper                        b. Preston

Jane Morcella                    57 years              Lic. Vict.                         b. Westmoreland
Paul Morcella                    15                       Son                                 b. Preston

Joseph Morcella                38 years              Lic. Vict.                         b. Preston
Mary Morcella                  36                       Wife                                b. Chorley

John Elijah Kember           39 years              Publican                           b. Bromsgrove
Emma Kember                  35                       Wife                                b. Pembroke
Amy Kember                     13                      Daughter                          b. Birmingham