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This could take the form of family history details, stories relating to a property, or a photograph. All additions will be credited in the way you prescribe.

A new addition could benefit YOU! and vice versa; so, please keep it coming.

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I have, over the past TEN or so years, accumulated a lot of information about the hotels, inns, taverns and beer houses in Preston, prior to 1904. In a few instances the information has wandered beyond that year.
Family Historians have a reputation for weeding out the information from wherever they're looking, and I don't think this site will present any serious problems. The key is in the Index's; keep returning to them to locate your next target. There are some limitations to using a Blogspot, but all considered they seem to be a fantastic way of sharing and gleaning information. You must consider using one.
BE SURE TO USE the small box in the top left hand corner of the  frame, just above the picture.
Type in a search detail such as someone's name, and click on the symbol.
This isn't perfect, but it can throw up some 
fantastic information.
 It's perhaps a deviation from a more orthodox blog, but there will be opportunities for readers to add to, or disagree with, any of the information given. I am sure that there must be a huge number of images of Preston's old pubs hidden away in Granny's attic, and I'm hoping that with your help they may, again see the light of day. Any of your images will be gratefully accepted, acknowledged, and shared on the blog.  Images of the people involved at any of the premises would be a useful and very welcome addition.  There's nothing like a picture to bring life to a subject.

"Sowing a single seed on this website could lead to an abundant harvest!"
- pers. comm. -
Share the knowledge you have with others, and
you may get a surprise with what you get back in return.
It is inevitable that there will be errors
contained within the pages I have created.

Some will be careless typing, and others just plain wrong!

Please tell me about them.
In case you are wondering, the picture in the Header is the Blue Anchor that stood in Blue Anchor Yard off the Market Place. The Harris Museum now stands in its place.
I hope you enjoy your visits to the site!

If you do, you may want to have a look at my other blog:- 
(Bird Watching and Natural History) 

Posted by: Steve Halliwell


  1. A very worthwhile enterprise sir! Combines two of my favourite things, history and ale! Keep up the good work.

  2. I found your excellent site whilst looking for information on The New Royal George Inn on North Rd as I found out that my Great Grandfather James Crozier was briefly landlord there in 1891.
    I have since found out that his son Thomas Crozier was landlord of The Hesketh Arms circa 1910.
    It must be in the blood because my mother Millie and stepfather Wilf went on to be mine host at The Albert Hotel on Ribbleton Lane until its closure and then moved to the Dog and Pheasant on Grimshaw St until they retired, although I have to say I much prefer the other side of the bar.

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  3. My grandparents met at the Acregate pub. They're last name was "Welsh" and "Ford".

  4. Thanks very much for your very informative site. I was researching William Greenhalgh, GGF of my wife, and found him at the Barley Mow and at the County Arms. My wife is related to the young lass who was murdered at the Blue Bell Inn in Victorian times.

  5. Re southgate tavern (INN) also known as the drum and monkey. My grandparents lived there after it was converted into a house up until it was demolished.