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Saturday, 21 November 2015


148  (later 160 / 162)  Marsh Lane
Earlier in 1852 it was called the "TWIN SISTERS"
1852                       J.R. Lomax
1853 - 57                Robert Lomax (Lomas)  -  property owned by Henry Smalley [P.C. 16.7.1853]
1861                       Ellen Lomax
1870                       Mary Anne Bryant
1870 - 77               William Kellett
1881 - 90               Henry Charnock   d. 23.2.1890 aged 59 years.
1890 - 92               Ellen Charnock
1892 - 95               Thomas Meredith
1895 - 98               Richard Alston
1898 - 1900           Mary Charnock
1900 - 01               Robert Dewhurst
1901                      Thomas Turner
1904                      George Armstrong
1907                      Jane Turner
1910                      James Turner
1911                      Jane Turner
Preston Chronicle  30th April 1859
Mr. George Melly, (a political figure)
addressed a meeting of the electors 
out of the from window of the
There was a large assembly in front
of the place.
Preston Chronicle  29th March 1862
 Preston Chronicle  3rd April 1869
Preston Chronicle  13th August 1870
 Lancashire Evening Post  19th August 1897
Lancashire Evening Post  29th July 1902
 Lancashire Evening Post  6th August 1903
Lancashire Evening Post   23rd December 1908
Ellen Lomax                        37 years - widow          Beerhouse keeper      b. Preston
Joseph Lomax                     14                                 Son                                    do
Susannah Lomax                 10                                 Daughter                            do
Margaret Lomax                  8                                  Daughter                             do
John Lomax                         7                                  Son                                    do

William Kellett                    64 years                        Innkeeper                   b. Preston
Maria Kellett                      54                                 Wife                                     do
Maria Kellett                      23                                  Daughter                             do
John Kellett                        22                                  Son                                     do
Lilly Kellett                         19                                 Daughter                              do
Thomas Kellett                   11                                  Son                                     do

Henry Charnock                50 years                        Beerseller                   b. Ormskirk
Ellen Charnock                  49                                 Wife                           b. Preston
Mary Charnock                 23                                 Daughter                              do
Margaret Charnock           18                                 Daughter                              do
Ellen Charnock                  16                                 Daughter                              do
John Charnock                  14                                 Son                                      do
Alice Charnock                  12                                Daughter                               do
Elizabeth Charnock             7                                 Daughter                               do
Henry Charnock                 5                                 Son                                       do

Ellen Charnock                 58 years - widow          Beerseller                    b. Preston
Mary Charnock                32                                 Daughter                             do
Alice Charnock                 22                                Daughter                              do
Elizabeth Charnock           17                                 Daughter                             do
Henry Charnock                15                                Son                                     do

Thomas H. Turner            54 years                        Innkeeper                    b. Walton-le-dale
Ann J. Turner                   54                                 Wife                            b. Leyland
Edith E. Turner                 14                                 Daughter                     b. Preston
Cicley Blackley                 12                                Visitor                                 do

Jane Turner                       58 years - single           Beerseller                     b. Walton-le-dale
Thomas Turner                  63 widower                 Boarder / Millwright                   do
Jeremiah Hodson               70 widower                 Boarder / Cart Driver                do
Edward Whalley                49 single                      Boarder / Weaver         b. Kirkham                             

Monday, 16 November 2015

GENERAL LEE, Duke Street

6  (later 9 - 11) Duke Street
Known 'jokingly' as the 'Rag Tatters' Arms',
or the 'Burglars' Arms' 
Better not to enquire why!!
A commentator (see bottom of page) tells us that
in the area around, this pub was known as 
the 'Home of the Forty Thieves!!'.
Any former residents who are reading this,
are, of course, exempt!!
1867    See advert below
1869                     N. Coupe
1870                     Robert Wilding
1870 - 72             William Hodgson
1877 - 94             Mrs. Mary Hodgson (Hodgon)
1894 - 99             John Steinson
1899 - 1901         Susannah Steinson
1902 - 07             William Dunderdale
1910 - 17             Thomas Steinson
1926 - 48             Ellen Steinson
TO BE LET, the "General Lee Inn,"
Duke Street, Preston.
Apply on the premises.
Preston Chronicle  14th September 1867
Lancashire Evening Post  19th July 1920
 Lancashire Evening Post  11th October 1920
 Lancashire Evening Post 12th July 1921
Lancashire Evening Post  8th March 1930
 Lancashire Evening Post  12th March 1930
 Lancashire Evening Post  21st July 1931
William Hodgson              34 years                      Beerseller                  b. Preston
Mary Hodgson                 31 ?                            Wife                                  do

Mary Hodg(s)on                  44 years                     Lic. Beerseller           b. Preston

Mary Hodg(s)on                  55 years                     Beerseller                 b. Preston
John Steinson                      44                              Brother-in-law                  do
Susannah Steinson            40                              Sister                                do
Thomas Steinson               14                              Nephew                           do
Mary Ann Steinson           11                              Niece                               do
Jane Steinson                     9                              Niece                               do
William Steinson                7                               Nephew                           do
Susannah Steinson             5                               Niece                               do
John Steinson                    2                               Nephew                           do
Ellen Steinson                   1 month                     Niece                               do

Susannah Steinson            50 years - Widow     Beerseller                  b. Preston
Thomas Steinson              23                             Son                                   do
Mary Ann Steinson           21                             Daughter                           do
Jane Steinson                    19                            Daughter                            do
William Steinson               17                             Son                                   do
Susannah Steinson            15                             Daughter                           do
John Steinson                   12                             Son                                   do
Ellen Steinson                   10                             Daughter                           do

Thomas Steinson              33 years                    Innkeeper                 b. Preston
Ellen Steinson                   28                  Wife / Assisting in business            do
John Steinson                     5                            Son / school                        do
Thomas Steinson                3                             Son                                    do
Veronica Steinson              4 months                 Daughter                             do
Ellen Worthington             63 widow                 Mother-in-law                    do
William Worthington         32                            Brother-in-law                    do    

Sunday, 15 November 2015


variously as;  4 Marsh Lane
15 Spring Street (now Bow Lane)
109 Bow Lane
111 Marsh Lane

1834                       Mr. B. Raby
1835                       John Johnston
possibly 1836 - 59   Thomas Woodhouse ** See notes, immediately below.
1859 - 61                Elizabeth (Betsy) Woodhouse
1861                       Thomas Noblett
1867                       W. Richardson
1871 - 76                Edmund Taylor
1876 - 81               William Nickson
1882                       Edward Gardner
1882                       Margaret Wilkinson
1884                       Joseph Edwards
1885                       James Edward Bonney
1886 - 88               Thomas Noblet
1888 - 91                Richard Hodson (Hodgson)
1891                       Harry Gerrard
1892 - 93               Ellen Charnock
1894                      Alice Monk
1894 - 96               William Porter
1897                      Joseph Prescott
1897 - 1904           Elizabeth Prescott
1905                      Joseph Prescott - a different individual to the above, but not a son.
1907                 NOTE     Thomas Edwin Patterson
1907                      John Lee
1908 - 18              Nancy Dixon  - husband, Robert, d. 2nd January 1918
1924                      Fred Hunt
1932 - 34              John Fishwick.  d. 9th Sept. 1934 aged 47 years.
1934 -                    Mrs. Mary Fishwick
1936                      Joseph Riding
1939                      Elizabeth Alice Whalley   d. April 1939
1940 - 44              Richard Coulthurst
1947                     Jack and Peg Rigby
                             Jack and Leah Kehoe
                             Jack and Peggy Hardiker
Late 1970's          James and Doreen Taylor (Possibly 1976 onwards)
It is known that Thomas Woodhouse was at the Springfield Inn by the 1841 census, and that he was definitely an innkeeper by 1837, when son, also Thomas, was baptised on the 22nd May 1837, and his abode given as 'Marsh Lane'.
The house has always stood at the corner of Marsh Lane and Spring Street, later renamed as a part of Bow Lane, so he may have been here then. His occupation was given as a Spinner, which it may well have been in addition to anything else.
On the 1st December 1837, a daughter, Elizabeth, was baptised, again the abode was Marsh Lane, but now his occupation was given as Innkeeper.
Information received from a descendent, A.H.
Many thanks to her.
Mr B. Raby applied for a licence
for a house in Spring Street.
Preston Chronicle 6th September 1834
Spirit Licence granted to John Johnston, 
retail brewer, for a house at Marsh
Lane, end of Spring Street, the 
property of Mr. Henry Smith,
dealer in cotton waste.
Preston Chronicle  29th August 1835
Preston Chronicle  19th June 1852
Preston Chronicle  26th June 1852
Preston Chronicle  28th March 1857
Preston Chronicle  3rd November 1860
Preston Chronicle  26th October 1861
 Manchester Courier  17th October 1865
Preston Chronicle  10th February 1866
 Preston Chronicle  18th March 1871
Preston Chronicle  12th September 1874
Preston Chronicle  7th July 1883
 Lancashire Evening Post  29th December 1899
Lancashire Evening Post  9th March 1900
 Lancashire Evening Post  30th July 1907
 Lancashire Evening Post  21st October 1907
Lancashire Evening Post  16th December 1907
 Lancashire Evening Post  18th December 1907
Lancashire Evening Post  16th November 1908
 Lancashire Evening Post  10th December 1945
Thomas Noblett                     32 years                     Publican                    b. Manchester
Sarah Noblett                        32                              Wife                          b. Bradford
Catherine Noblett                   10                              Daughter                            do

Edmund Taylor                      38 years                      Innkeeper                 b. Kirkham
Alice Taylor                           36                               Wife                         b. Preston
Mary A. Taylor                      15                               Daughter                           do
Agnes Taylor                          11                               Daughter                           do
George Taylor                         9                                Son                                   do
Frederick Taylor                     8                                 Son                                  do
Thomas Taylor                        2                                 Son                                  do
Elizabeth E. Taylor                  1                                  Daughter                         do

William Nickson                    48 years                        Beerseller               b. Preston
Elizabeth Nickson                  48                                 Wife                                 do

Richard Hodson                     36 years                       Publican                  b. Preston
Nancy Hodson                       36                                Wife                                 do
Edith Hodson                         12                                 Daughter                          do
William Hodson                      10                                 Son                                 do
Mary Alice Hodson                 8                                  Daughter                          do
Sarah Hodson                         6                                  Daughter                          do
Bertha Hodson                        4                                  Daughter                          do
Margaret Hodson                    1                                  Daughter                          do

Elizabeth Prescott                  45 years - widow.         Hotel Keeper          b. Preston
Edith Prescott                        19                                 Daughter                         do
William Prescott                     16                                Son                                 do
Joseph Prescott                      9                                  Son                                 do
Christopher Prescott               5                               Son                                 do

Robert Dixon                        59 years                        Publican                  b. Workington
Nancy Dixon                        51                     Wife / Assisting in business   b. Brigham, Cumberland
Lizzie Dixon                          28                    Daughter /     -do-                b. Seaton, Cumberland
Dora Dixon                          23                     Daughter / Dressmaker        b. Bridekirk, C'land
Nancy Dixon                        20                    Daughter / Dressmaker                 do
Mary Dixon                           3                                 Grandaughter                   do


Saturday, 7 November 2015

NEPTUNE INN, Strand Road

22 Strand Road (or West Strand)
10 Strand Road (1904)
2 Strand Road (1913)
8 Strand Road (1917)

This is a much more modern building than the 1865 one.
 The replacement building for the original (above). In actual fact, I've a feeling that that one
was a replacement for an even earlier one.
1865 - 66                Thomas Fairclough
1868 - 90                Thomas Sumner
1870                       William Raglan (Ragan)
1870                       William Bowman
1870 - 71                William Hindle
1871 - 77                James Kershaw
1879                       Mrs. Kershaw
1881 - 84                Catherine Kershaw
1885                       William Birtwistle
1885 - 86                Henry Beesley
1886 - 87                John Seed
1887 - 89                William Porter
1889 - 90                James Edward Bilsborough
1890 - 94                William Porter
1894 - 95                William Monk the younger
1896 - 99                Thomas Turner
1900                        Robert Breakell
1900 - 01                Thomas Oldham
1901                        George Gilleade
1904                        James Brown
1907 - 11                Thomas Blackoe
1913 - 17                John Carter
1924                        Roger James Clitheroe
1932 - 36                Elizabeth Clitheroe
1940 - 44                Frederick Carter
1948                       William R. Strickland 
1976/77?                Len Cherry - moved from here to the Old Black Bull, Friargate, in the early 1980's
For a term of three or more years, the
NEPTUNE INN, situate in Marsh Lane
and Strand Road, close to the Waggon Works 
and  proposed docks.

Apply to Mr. W. COWARD, at the
Cricketers' Arms, South Meadow Lane, whp 
will receive tenders up to the first day of May,
when the taker will be declared.
Preston Chronicle  27th March 1869
Preston Chronicle  5th July 1873
Last Thursday, a "Grand National Dog Show" was held
at the Neptune Hotel, Starand Road, Preston. There were
80 entries, and being open to all England, some of the dogs
that have taken the leading prizes at the principal dog shows
that have taken place, were entered for competition.

The Judges were: Joseph Walker Esq, West Gorton,
Manchester; Thomas Worthington Esq, Bury; John
Henshall, Salford; and Thomas Kirby Wsq, Rochdale.

The show was a very successful one. The Exhibitors 
afterwards dined together at the Neptune Hotel.
Lytham and Kirkham Times  9th July 1873
Preston Chronicle  4th September 1875
Preston Chronicle  6th April 1878
Liverpool Mercury  25th June 1879
By tender, with immediate possession.
The INN or PUBLIC HOUSE called the
"NEPTUNE INN," situate at the corner
of Marsh Lane and Strand Road, Preston,
and near the site of the Ribble and other
improvements now being made.

Apply JAMES HULL & Sons, 
Glover Street Brewery, Preston.
Preston Chronicle  15th November 1884
William Hindle                    49 years                Lic. Vict.                     b. Over Darwen
Sarah Hindle                      47                          Wife                           b. Stockport
James H. Hindle                 10                          Son                             b. Over Darwen

Catherine Kershaw             49 years                Lic. Vict.                     b. Horwich
Sarah Alice Kershaw          22                         Daughter                               do
Ada H. Kershaw                17                         Daughter                               do
Mary A. Kershaw              15                         Daughter                     b. Heaton
James Kershaw                  13                          Son                           b. Westhoughton
Florence C. Kershaw         11                          Daughter                               do
Emily J. Kershaw                 9                          Daughter                    b. Horwich

William Porter                   34 years                 Lic. Vict.                     b. Preston
Lucy Porter                       32                          Wife                           b. Blackpool
Florence Porter                 11                           Daughter                    b. Preston
Margaret Porter                61                           Mother                       b. Whittingham

Thomas Oldham                31 years                 Hotel Proprietor          b. Manchester
Alice Oldham                    32                           Wife                                      do
Thomas Oldham                 7                            Son                                       do

Thomas Blackoe              48 years                   Lic. Vict.                    b. Preston
Ann Blackoe                   47                            Wife / Assistant           b. Chipping
Helena Blackoe               22                            Daughter / Barmaid     b. Preston
Edward Blackoe             21                             Son / Bodymaker                 do


76 or 71 Moor Lane
The building to the left of the biscuit factory is on the corner of Victoria Street, and is the original "Prince Arthur Hotel"
Taken from "Preston Digital Archives" on Flikr.

1852 - 54                  John Newton              
1856                         John Seddon          d. 6.12.1856 aged 43 years.
1858 - 59                  Bernard Ormandy
1859                         Samuel Collinson
1859                         Joseph Newton (owner)
1859 - 61                  Samuel Collinson
1861                         Joseph Newton
1861                         Samuel Collinson
1862                         Charles Brown
1862 - 65                 Ann Kew
1865 - 66                 Thomas Rawlinson
1868                         John Kew
1868 - 73                 James Singleton
1875                         Thomas Mullineux
1876 - 77                  William Fishwick  -  owner of property.
1877 - 89                  Thomas Wilson
1889 - 92                  Elizabeth Wilson
1892 - 95                  David Bramley - owner of property.
1901                         William H. Kowarth
1904                         David Bramley
1905                         John Lord
1907 - 13                 James Bell
1924                         James Trainer  almost certainly the son of PNE goalkeeper, James Trainer. If 
                                                                           so, he would be 27 years old in this year. 
                                                                           See 1901 Census at the  "Black-a-Moor's Head"
1932                         John Watkinson
1936                         John Thompson
1940                         Alice Burrows
1944                         Charles Simpson
At the Prince Arthur Inn, Moor Lane, Preston
On the 12th December 1854.
LOT 1    ALL that well-accustomed and substantially built
INN or PUBLIC HOUSE, known by the name of the 
"PRINCE ARTHUR INN," situate in Moor Lane, together 
with the Provision Shop, Dwelling-house, Bake-house, 
and School Room adjoining the same, now in the 
occupation of John Newton, John Calderbank and others,
the premises being subject to an annual ground rent of 
£13 7s 9d, which may be redeemed.
Preston Chronicle  2nd December 1854
Preston Chronicle  5th February 1859
Preston Chronicle 5th May 1860
An inquest was held on the body of a weaver named
Robert Dewhurst, 26 years of age, of 19 Victoria Street.

About 4 o'clock on Monday afternoon last, the deceased, 
who was not accustomed to brewing, was ladling a quantity 
of hot liquor out of a brewing boiler in a brew-house
attached to the Prince Arthur Inn, Moor Lane, when his
foot slipped, and he fell headlong into the hot liquor. He
raised a cry, and a man named John Sharples ran to his

He was got out shortly afterwards, but he was scalded
most severely. He died at about 8.20 the same evening.

He told his sister, Alice Wignall, with whom he lived, 
that nobody was to blame but himself, and the jury
brought a verdict of accidental death.
Preston Chronicle 18th November 1865

On Wednesday last, at the Police Court, Thomas Rawlinson, if the Prince Arthur

Inn, Victoria Street, Moor Lane, was summoned for refusing to admit the police

on Sunday morning, the 2nd inst. Mr. Forshaw represented the police authorities,

and Mr. Watson appeared for the defendant  . PC 21 said that at about forty minutes

past twelve on Sunday morning, he, along with another officer, went to the Prince Arthur Inn

and knocked at the door. They waited about seven minutes before any person came to

 the door. A woman then came and asked who was there, and he replied, "The police". She then

 asked for their numbers, when he said that was of no consequence, and he did not give them.

They were not admitted to the house.

Mr Watson said that he had reason to suppose there was someone in the house, because he 

heard persons talking on the inside. He had not seen anyone go in or come out of the premises. 

He had not given his number when requested to do so.

PC 39 corroborated the first officer's statement.

Mr Watson said that he was not aware that the police had a particular 'knock' on such 

occasions, and added that the person who went to the door acted very properly in refusing

admittance to the two policemen.

She had put a question to them which they ought to have answered, and by their refusing to do 

so, she was perfectly right in not opening the door.
The fact was, that m any persons went to public houses during prohibited hours, said that

they were police constables, and thereby gained admittance. In the present case there was no 

one in the defendant's house but his own family. The house was closed at twelve o'clock on the 

Saturday night, and at the time the officers visited the place, the family were waiting for

the coming home of one of Mr. Rawlinson's sons, who is an apprentice to Mr. Alston,

pawnbroker, Friargate, and they were well aware of how late it was on Saturday nights when

 pawnbrokers closed their establishments.

Mr. Watson called a daughter and a son of the defendant, who bore out his statement.

The magistrates, having consulted for a short time, the Mayor said, We dismiss this case,

and at the same time I must say that the police officers ought to have answered the question 

which was put to them. There could be no good in refusing to give the information asked for, 

but a great deal of good might have arisen by giving it.
Preston Chronicle  22nd December 1866 
by Mr. JABEZ B. JONES on
Wednesday 3rd January 1877, at the PRINCE ARTHUR
HOTEL, Moor Lane, Preston.
LOT 1.    CAPITAL and commanding INN or PUBLIC
HOUSE, situate at the corner of Moor Lane and Victoria 
Street, in the occupation of Mr. William Fishwick, the
owner, known by the name of the "PRINCE ARTHUR,"
together with the Brewhouse, now used as a Stable, 
Buildings and Yard.

The Public House contains a large, capital vault, two
Bar Parlours, good Sitting Rooms and Bedrooms, &c.,
together with the lock-up shop adjoining the Prince
Arthur, at 151 Victoria Street.
Preston Chronicle 30th December 1876
On Wednesday evening, 22nd January, in the
Club-room of the Prince Arthur Hotel, Moor
Lane, a lecture was given by Mr. Charles Harvey,
on the subject of "Sewer Ventilation and
Sanitation." There was a fair attendance.
Mr. Harvey illustrated his remarks with apparatus
he had constructed, showing the effects of the
varying systems of ventilation now in vogue.
Preston Chronicle 25th January 1890
ABOUT  30  TONS of good HORSE MANURE to be Sold.
Apply:  WILSON'S, Prince Arthur, Moor Lane.
Preston Herald  18th October 1890
The fully-licensed public-house, the "PRINCE
ARTHUR HOTEL," Moor Lane, together with 
the brewery, stables, coach house, and buildings
attached, and the two adjoining dwelling-houses
and shop in Victoria Street, the whole containing
about 643 superficial square yards.

The hotel contains vault, parlours, and other
accommodation, and is well-known as one doing
a large retail business, and a large outside trade
in connection with the brewery.
Preston Chronicle 9th April 1892
On Monday evening last, a grand Smoking Concert was held at the Prince Consort Hotel, Moor Lane, in connection with the Prince of Wales Lodge, Number 6103, when P.P.G.M. Councillor Edward Barton was in the chair, and P.P.G.M. John Southworth in the Vice-Chair.
The following artists took part in the proceedings - Brother William Monk, James Smith, Richard Leach, T. Wignall, J. Greyson,  Edward Barton, Ainscough, J. Standing, Bomont, Morris, Howard, Simpson, J. Drummond, Hayes Brook, and Rigg.
A toast was proposed and drunk to the Prince of Wales Lodge, by P.P.G.M. James Bolton, J.P., and a vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman and entertainers, which brought a very pleasant evening to a close with "God Save the Queen."
Preston Herald  17th November 1894
OFF BEER LICENSE TO BE LET - Apply, Prince Arthur Hotel, Moor Lane, between the hours of 10 and 11am and 4 and 5pm.
Lancashire Evening Post  12th August 1895
The above image was contributed by a reader (Simon)
- if you let me know your full name I'll acknowledge it
on the site, but thanks anyway.
Simon found the bottle on a tip that used to exist at
the back of Haslam Park some time ago. 
On the bottle, from top to bottom, it reads:-
I don't know a lot about David Bramley other than that he was the landlord of the Prince Arthur Hotel, Moor Lane, Preston, from 1892 - 1895, and again in 1904. He owned the property.
It would seem that he had a "chain" of businesses, mainly grocery-type outlets. I intend taking a closer look at him later.
If there are any Bramley descendants reading this, please
get in touch with me.
 Lancashire Evening Post   7th February 1906
Samuel Collinson                 31 years                 Lic. Vict.                        b. Preston
Mary Ann Collinson            26                           Wife                                       do
John William Collinson         5                            Son                                        do
Mary Alice Collinson           7 months                 Daughter                                do

James Singleton                   25 years                 Lic. Vict.                       b. Broughton
Sarah Singleton                   28                          Wife                               b. Preston
Mary Agnes Singleton         7 months                 Daughter                                do

Thomas Wilson                   37 years                  Innkeeper                      b. Preston
Elizabeth Wilson                 37                            Wife                                      do
Sarah E. Wilson                  4                             Daughter                                do
Thomas H. Wilson              2                             Son                                        do
Lillian Wilson                      6 months                  Daughter                                do

Elizabeth Wilson                48 years                   Hotel Proprietor             b. Preston
Sarah E. Wilson                 14                           Daughter                                  do
Thomas H. Wilson             12                           Son                                          do
Lilian E. Wilson                  10                           Daughter                                  do

William H. Howarth           29 years                  Hotel Manager               b. Rufford
Alice A. Howarth              25                           Wife                               b. Preston
Ivy M. Howarth                 3                             Daughter                                 do

James Bell                         31 years                  Lic. Vict.                        b. Preston
Mary Bell                          29                           Wife                               b. Barrow-in-Furness
Annie Bell                          4                             Daughter                                  do