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Thursday, 28 February 2013


Turk's Head Yard
"The 'Tub' guests were always select,
and behaved with propriety"
Quote from Mrs. Kirby, landlady, 23.3.1844 (see below)
1834 - 35          Ralph Dawson
1844                 Mrs. Kirby
Preston Chronicle  8th March 1834
Preston Chronicle  7th February 1835
Preston Chronicle  23rd March 1844
1841   To be confirmed.
Any information to

GEORGE INN, Friargate

179 / 180 Friargate
The 'George Inn Concert Hall' entrance can just be seen on the
left of this Beattie picture.
The new Friargate / Market Street layout is superimposed over the
pre-existing Friargate/ Back Lane layout. It can be seen how the George Inn and Concert Hall had an entry from Back Lane as well as from Friargate.
The new George Hotel that was built on the corner to the two streets can
be seen to be standing (partially) on the footprint of the original 17th Century Inn/
A section of the 1694 map in L.R.O. showing the George's position in
relation to Anchor Weind, at that time called St. John Weind.
Directly across from the weind was the ancient "Anchor Inn"
or "Golden Anchor."
1689                  Edward Craven
1732                  Roger Walshman (Property owned by him,also).
1788                  Mr. Werden    ***It is curious to remark, from "Strype's History" that the Rev.     Nicholas Banastre was vicar of St. Wilfrid's Parish Church in Preston, and was ejected from the said church, on account of Popish practices, and obligated, by order of the Bishop of Chester, to remain in any part of the County Palatine, except Preston, in the 3rd year of Elizabeth, 1561. Descendants of the family of this said N. Banastre, kept the George Inn in Preston, so late as the year 1788. The last was a female, married to a person named Werden.***

1801             Mrs. Parker - wife of the late Tempest Slinger Parker.  Married Mr. W. Corry 9.8.1801
1804 - 10          Thomas Scott
1812 - 18          John Marsden - Mother, Mrs. Ann Marsden, d. 5.11.1818, aged 76 years.
1819                  Mr. Ratcliffe
1820                  Mr. Cooper   -   see death notice below, 12.8.1820.
1825                  William Chambers    d. 11.1.1836 aged 51 years, living in Park Road.
1829                  Thomas Alker Wrigley  -  On Monday 11th July T.A.W. was discharged at the Court                                                                                         vof Insolvent Debtors in Lancaster.
1837                  Thomas Sutcliffe    -  d. Saturday 11th February 1837, aged 44 years.
1837 - 39          Mrs. Jane Sutcliffe
1839 - 41          Thomas Charnley
1843                  John Charnock
1844                  Mr. Butcher
1846                  James Haworth
1851 - 54          James Emery
1854 - 57          James Wignall
1858 - 61          William Skelton   d. 7.3.1865 aged 44 years
1861 - 62          James Topham
1864                 William Dickinson
1864 - 69          Edward Blackoe
1869 - 79          Leonard Waddington
1879 - 83          Martin Brown
1885 - 91         Esther Smirk
1891 - 92        John Coward
Taken from "A Topographical, Statistical, and Historical Account of the Borough of Preston"
-   by   Marmaduk Tulket   -

Rev. Nicholas Banastre was Priest of St. Wilfrid's ParishChurch, in this town, and was ejected from the said church,on account of the popish practices, and obligated, by theBishop of Chester, to remain in any part of the countypalatine (except Preston) in the 3rd year of Elizabeth (AD 1561)

Descendants from the family of the said N. Banastre, kept the George Inn, in this town, so late as the year 1788.
The last was a female, married to a person of the name of Werden.
Because of the amount of cuttings, etc., I have put the
Census Returns at the top of the page.
Bankruptcy Enlarged:  October 15th 1796.
Robinson Shuttleworth, late of Preston, Lancashire,
bankers, at ten, at the 'George and Dragon Inn,' Preston.
True Briton (1793) (London)  22nd August 1796
July 27th 1797.  Robinson Shuttleworth, late of
Preston, Lancashire, banker, at eleven, at the
'George and Dragon Inn,' Preston.
True Briton  (1793) London. 5th July 1797
MARRIAGE:  On Sunday 9th August, 1801,
at Preston, Mr. W. Corry, master-builder and 
cabinet maker, to Mrs. Parker, of the George Inn,
Friargate, and relict of Mr. Tempest Slinger Parker,
of that town.
Lancaster Gazette  15th August 1801 
Lancaster Gazette  11th February 1804
Lancaster Gazette  19th May 1804
Lancaster Gazette  24th November 1804
Lancaster Gazette  14th September 1805
York Herald  28th November 1807
Lancaster Gazette  16th June 1810
DEATH:  On Tuesday se'enight, aged 17 years,
Miss Elizabeth Cooper, niece of Mr. Cooper,
George Inn, in Preston
Lancaster Gazette  12th August 1820 
Preston Chronicle 17th September 1831

The Creditors of Mrs. Jane Sutcliffe, late of the
George Inn, Friargate, within Preston, Innkeeper, 
are requested to send full particulars of their demands
to the office of William Banks, in Friargate, aforesaid,
on or before Monday 16th December instant; and all
such Creditors neglecting to do so, will be excluded the
benefit of a first and final Dividend of her Estate and
Effects, which will be declared on that date, and afterwards
paid at the office of the said William Banks, Solicitor.
Preston Chronicle 7th December 1839
On Tuesday next, in the Neighbourhood of Preston,
will be Shot for, at Sparrows, a double-barrelled GUN
value £6, by 12 subscribers at 10s each - wight of shot 11/2oz. 
Afterwards, on the same day, a small SWEEPSTAKES
will be shot for, at Blue Rock Pigeons.

Subscribers must enter their names at the George Inn,
Friargate, on Monday next.
Preston Chronicle 28th March 1840
by Mr Richard Duckett
On Tuesday 1st February 1841, at
the George Inn, Friargate
Further particulars will be given next week, and
catalogues will be ready for delivery four days
before the Sale, and may be had from the Auctioneer,
at the office of this paper, and at the George Inn.
NB. The whole must be sold without reserve,
as the incoming Tenant does not choose to take 
any of the Furniture at a valuation.
Preston Chronicle 22nd January 1842
Preston Chronicle 29th January 1842*

At a low rent, with immediate possession.
That well-accustomed INN known by the name of
the "GEORGE INN,"situate in Friargate, Preston.
There is a good brew-house, excellent cellaring, and 
Stabling for upwards of forty Horses, with other

The George Inn is centrally situated, and one of
the best situations for Wine and Spirit Vaults. 
The Stock may be taken at a valuation.
Preston Chronicle 13th May 1843
On Tuesday last, John DAGGER, a well-known
character, was charged at the Town Hall with stealing
a cock, the property of Mr. George Clarke, of Everton
Gardens, which he sold to Mr. Butcher of the George Inn.
He was committed for trial.
Preston Chronicle 15th July 1843
On Monday last, a Canary Show was held at
the house of Mr. Howarth, the George Inn, 
Friargate. There were a large number of very
fine birds exhibited, and 23 prizes were awarded.
Preston Chronicle 21st November 1846
J. EMERY, landlord in 1851 - 54
had a workshop behind the Inn
where he made CANE FRAME
carriages for horse-drawn coaches:-
Preston Guardian 21st May 1853
The preliminaries of a match have been agreed upon
between Stephen alias Tim Ingham and William Durrant,
of this town. Tim is to give Durrant an hour's start, and
walk or run from the George Inn, Preston, to the White 
Cross, Lancaster, and back again, a distance of about 42 miles.

The match will take place on Monday the 18th inst. Durrant
will start at 8 o'clock in the morning, and Ingham an hour
after that time. The match is for £10 a side, of which one
half is already deposited, and the other half is to be 
deposited next Monday.

Ingham is 47 years of age, and Durrant fifty. The match is
one that will, no doubt, cause considerable sensation in the
sporting community of the neighbourhood.
Preston Chronicle 9th August 1851
Won by Durrant in 73/4 hours.
Agreement between Tim Ingram and William Durrant.
Walk or run from the George Inn to the Oddfellow's
Hall, Kendal, and back, for £20 a side.

£5 deposited in the hands of Mr. J. Emery.

Race to be on the 22nd September 1851

Ingham to give half an hour's start.

Start 6am and 6.30am.
Preston Chronicle 6th September 1851
Margaret Caffrey was arraigned on a charge of stealing from
the person of Jane Bradley, a purse containing 8s 6d in silver. 
The prosecutrix and the prisoner had gone into the George Inn, 
Friargate, on the previous Tuesday, to "have a gill together,"
but as Jane got too many gills she fell asleep, and her friend
siezed the opportunity of taking the purse from her pocket, and
hiding it in her own bosom. The trick was perceived by a person
named Hoskinson, and Caffrey was given into custody.

Mr. Monk for the prisoner, said that the prosecutor had 
frequently on tippling occasions such as the present, given Caffrey
 her money to "take care of" for her, and as the Bench appeared
to think one as bad as the other, they discharged the prisoner and
advised the prosecutrix to keep sober for the future.
Preston Guardian 10th December 1853
The George Inn, in Friargate, carried on under the name of
James Emery, and the business of Basket, Skip, and Conveyance
Maker, in Friargate and the Market Place, carried on under the
name of Samuel Venables, are alone the property of Thomas Threlfall
Junior and Co., Wine and Spirit Merchants.

The public are respectfully informed that all debts due to the above
estates must only be paid to us, and any communications relating to
the same must be addressed to Thos. Threlfall Jnr. & Co,
Wine and Spirit Merchants, Bolton's Court, Preston.
Preston Guardian 18th March 1854
MR. MURPHY, the celebrated young IRISH GIANT, 
GEORGE INN, Friargate. On the 18th instant he will
remove to Blackburn for three days Exhibition.

Admission: - Forenoon 3d;  From 6pm - 10pm  2d
Preston Guardian  16th December 1854
NB.  Mr. Murphy was an extraordinary specimen of the genus homo. 
He stood 7ft 63/4in high, though only 18 years old, and was very
intelligent and prepossessing. By May 1857 there was a report
that he had reached 7ft 101/2in in his stocking feet.
In 1862 he died of small pox in Marseilles.
Preston Chronicle  29th April 1854
Preston Chronicle  27th January 1855
Preston Chronicle  14th February 1857
Preston Chronicle  5th February 1862
Preston Chronicle 26th April 1862
Preston Chronicle  10th December 1864
The image of this token comes courtesy of
Pete Vickers, Preston.
Preston Herald  24th June 1885 

Thomas Charnley               20 years                    Publican
Margaret Charnley             20                             Wife
Mary Charnley                    5                              Daughter
Thomas Charnley                3                              Son
John Charnley                     2                              Son

James Emery                     30 years                    Publican                       b. Preston
Sarah Emery                      30                             Wife                                    do
Mary Ann Emery                7                              Daughter                              do
Jane Emery                         5                              Daughter                              do
Sarah Ann Emery                2                             Daughter                               do
Harriet Emery                     1                              Daughter                               do

William Skelton                 40 years                     Innkeeper                    b. Hull
Elizabeth Skelton               34                              Wife                            b. Preston
John Skelton                      12                              Son                                      do
Ann Skelton                       11                              Daughter                              do
Alice Skelton                      9                               Daughter                               do
James Skelton                     7                               Son                                      do
Elizabeth Skelton                5                               Daughter                               do
William Skelton                  3                                Son                                      do
Emma Skelton                    1                                Daughter                              do
Rebecca Skelton                1 month                      Daughter                              do

Leo Waddington               36 years                      Innkeeper                    b. Lancaster
Mary Waddington             29                               Wife                            b. Poulton
Elizabeth A. Waddington    5 months                    Daughter                      b. Preston     
Mary Noblet                     28                               Servant                        b. Myerscough
Elizabeth Gregson              12                               Servant                                 do
Thomas Singleton              25                               Ostler                          b. Goosnargh
George McVan                 28                               Commercial Traveller   b. Scotland

Martin Brown                   40 years                      Lic. Vict.                      b. Preston
Margaret Brown               42                               Wife                             b. Bolton
Elizabeth Clark                 21                                Daughter                      b. Preston
Ada Clark                         1                                 Grand-daughter                    do
Maud A. Clark                 8 months                      Grand-daughter                    do

Esther Smirk                     57 years                     Lic. Vict.                      b. Preston
Lizzie Smirk                      22                              Daughter                              do
Thomas Smirk                   16                             Son                                      do
Mary Hastings                   19                             Pianist                          b. London
Daisy Wingfield                 34                             Professional Singer                do

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Meadow Street
40  (later 107 - 109)  Meadow Street

1855                      James Moore
1855                      Thomas Salisbury
1857 - 59               Richard Thornber (Thornborrow)
1859 - 60               Dominic Lavate (Luvatt)
1860 - 61               William Walmsley
1861 - 71               William Brierley
1871                       William Marshall
1873 - 77                Richard Speight   -  executors of, to Mary Speight.
1877 - 79               Mrs. Nancy (Mary?) Speight
1879 - 81               Thomas Garner
1882 - 83               James Worswick
1883 - 84               George Darwen
1885 - 88               Thomas Worswick
1888 - 93               John Coates
1893 - 1901           Christopher Britland   -  Owned by Hull Brewery, Glovers' Court.
1902 - 04               James Trainer    -  From 1900 owned by Boddington's Brewery.
1907 - 11               John Howarth
1913 - 17               Thomas Barker
1924                      Charles F. Churchman
1932 - 40               Margaret Churchman
1944                      Tom McGuinness
Preston Chronicle  5th May 1855
Preston Chronicle  7th July 1855
has on hand some prime ALE and the finest SPIRITS.

A fine-bred young BOAR kept on premises.
Preston Chronicle  13th February 1858

Apply to Wm.  WALMSLEY,
Royal Consort, Meadow Street.
Preston Chronicle 15th December 1860

At the Prince Consort Hotel, Meadow Street, Preston,
The house of Mr. William Walmsley (Innkeeper)
who is declining business.
24th June 1861
The STOCK-IN-TRADE, consisting of Barrels of
various descriptions, working troughs, coolers, and
the contents of the bar, &c.
chests of mahoganey and painted drawers; 
feather and flock beds and bedding; 
Brussels and other carpets; wash stands;.....
Preston Chronicle 22nd June 1861
Preston Chronicle  14th September 1872
Preston Chronicle  14th July 1883
Lancashire Evening Post  10th December 1900
William Walmsley                     24 years                      Publican                       b. Brindle
Mary Ann Walmsley                 29                               Wife                            b. Grimsargh
Lawrence Walmsley                  3                                 Son                                       do
Ellen Walmsley                          1 month                       Daughter                     b. Brindle

William Marshall                      28 years                      Lic. Vict.                      b. Lancaster
Sarah A. Marshall                    27                               Wife                            b. Coalbrookdale, Salop
Ellen Marshall                          26                               Sister                            b. Lancaster

Thomas Garner                        58 years                      Publican                       b. Leyland
Elizabeth Garner                      60                                Wife                            b. Wigan

John Coates                            55 years                       Publican                       b. Preston
Jane Coates                            53                                Wife                                      do
Mary Coates                           24                                Daughter                               do
Margaret Coates                     22                                Daughter                               do
Elizabeth A. Coates                 21                                Daughter                               do
Ellen Coates                            19                                Daughter                               do
Jane Coates                             16                               Daughter                                do
William S. Coates                    15                                Son                                       do
John Coates                             12                               Son                                        do

Christopher Britland                54 years                       Publican                      b. Blackburn
Ellen Britland                           38                                Wife                           b. Preston
Margaret Britland                    16                                Daughter                             do
Christopher Britland                 8                                  Son                                    do

John Howarth                         47 years                       Hotel Manager            b. Preston
Mary Ann Howarth                49                                Assisting in business              do


138  (later 180)  Marsh Lane

This marvellous image has been sent to me by Margaret Simpson, a descendant of 
Edmund (Edward) Ormerod.

............and suddenly, the Sailors' Home becomes alive again. Here we see Edward Ormerod
behind the bar of the establishment.
Image courtesy of Margaret Simpson.
Many thanks Margaret.
Margaret Simpson's recollections of the lay-out of the "Sailors' Home"

What a wonderful collection of items contributed by Margaret Simpson.
It just goes to show what there might be in the attic or a biscuit tin.

Why not search the house and make your own contribution to the site.........
for everyone's benefit and enjoyment.
1841                      Robert Hamer
1849                      William Ireland  -  Owned by Henry Occleshaw.
1851 - 53               Eliza Ireland                          - do -
1856 - 57              Henry Occleshaw
1860 - 81              Robert Miller
1882 - 85              James Edward Bonny
1885                     Matthew Miler
1885 - 90              Robert Miller
1890 - 91              Robert Mercer
1891 - 95              James Richardson
1895                      John Hall
1895 - 97              Thomas Wilson
1897 - 98              Richard Midghall
1898 - 99              Thomas Foster
1899 - 01               Frederick Stocks  (Stock)
1901                      John Fishwick   - at time of census living in Goldfinch Street.
1904                      Thomas B. Rudge
1907 - 10               John B. Fishwick
1913 - 17               Frank Anderton
1924                      Thomas Wareing
1932 - 57               Edmund (Edward) Ormerod    d.1957
Preston Chronicle  28th January 1860
Preston Chronicle  26th January 1861
Preston Chronicle  11th March 1871
Preston Chronicle  12th July 1890
 Lancashire Evening Post  21st May 1900
Lancashire Evening Post  8th March 1930
 Lancashire Evening Post  15th February 1935
 Lancashire Evening Post  3rd November 1938

William Ireland                  51 years                 Beerhouse keeper              b. Freckleton
Ellen Ireland                      51                          Wife                                  b. Walton
Lydia Ireland                     29                   Daughter / Dressmaker                      do
Peter Ireland                     27                         Son / Tailor                        b. Preston
Thomas Ireland                 22                         Son / Millwright                           do

Robert Miller                    31 years                  Innkeeper                         b. Rampside
Jane Miller                        36                           Wife                                 b. Burton, Westmoreland
Thomas Henry Miller         9                             Son                                  b. Preston
Matthew Miller                 7                              Son                                          do
Robert Miller                    5                              Son                                          do
George Miller                   3                              Son                                          do
John William Miller            1                             Son                                          do
Watson Clapham             27                             Brewer                             b. Brewer

Robert Miller                   41 years                  Innkeeper                           b.     ?
Jane Miller                       46                           Wife                                   b. Burton, Westmoreland
Thomas H. Miller             19                           Son                                    b. Preston
Matthew Miller                17                           Son                                             do
Robert Miller                   15                           Son                                             do
George Miller                  13                           Son                                              do
John W. Miller                 11                           Son                                             do

James Edward Bonney    30 years                  Trade Upholsterer              b. Birkenhead
Elizabeth Bonney             28                           Wife                                  b. Preston
Annie Bonney                   1                            Daughter                                    do
  Was Bonney a manager for Miller, who was still at the Sailors' Home? Before taking over the
house on his own account.

Robert Mercer                39 years                  Publican                             b. Clayton-le-moors   
Alice A. Mercer              40                           Wife                                              do
Hubert Mercer                 6                             Son                                   b. Gt. Harwood

Frederick Stock              44 years                  Publican                             b. Preston
Mary J. Stock                 45                           Wife                                           do
Lilian Stock                     20                           Daughter                                    do
Annie Frein ?                   35                          Servant                               b. Ireland

John Fishwick                 42 years                  Publican                             b. Preston
Alice Fishwick                41                           Wife                                            do
Thomas Fishwick            21                           Son / Plumber                             do
Fred Fishwick                 19                           Son / Blacksmith                         do
Ada Fishwick                  14                           Daughter / Cotton Weaver          do
Alfred Fishwick               12                           Son / Scholar                             do
Ann Fishwick                  10                           Daughter / Scholar                      do
Alice Fishwick                 8                            Daughter / Scholar                      do
Eveline Fishwick              3                            Daughter                                    do
Jane Fishwick                  1                            Daughter                                    do