CROWN AND THISTLE
Until about 1885 the building was thatched, but around that time
it was un-thatched and slated.
1728 See piece from "The History of St. Mary's Church", below.
1745 At this time it was known as the "Rose and Crown," but after the rumpus with the rebels, it was
deemed appropriate to rename it "Crown and Thistle."
1805 ? Richwood
1812 - 15 Thomas Blackburn
1825 John Gardner
1829 John Prescott
1840 Thomas Lund
1840 - 41 James Howard
1841 Robert Sherliker (Shelliker)
1846 John Lennon
1851 Elizabeth Lennon
1851 - 54 Richard Kitchen
1859 Thomas & Alice Hall
1864 Martha Mawdesley
1865 - 73 Thomas Seddon
1877 William Monk
1881 - 85 Robert Livesey
1885 - 86 Eileen Livesey
1885 - 86 Thomas Noblet
1886 - 90 Michael Horrocks
1890 William Smith
1890 - 96 John Archer
1896 -1906 Thomas Gregson
1907 John S. Smith
NO REFERENCE AFTER 1907
The following is taken from "A History of St. Mary's, Friargate, written in 1967 by James Roe.
"Fr Alex Leigh, alias John Layton, came to St. Mary's in 1728. It was this Priest which bought the property in Friargae and used the house for Sunday Mass when trouble was about.
There was an Inn next door called 'The Crown and Thistle' and when the pursuivants were about, the people would quickly slip out at the back and the men sit down to their tankards of ale which would be on the tables, and carry on their conversations at the Inn, just as if nothing had happened."
Contributed by Jeremy Rowlands, proprietor of the Continental Hotel and Moorbrook Inn, North Road, and others.
DEATH: On Wednesday, se'enight,Mrs. Blackburn,
wife of Mr. Blackburn, of the Crown and Thistle,
Lancaster Gazette 30th December 1815
John Darlington, was on Thursday last, was committed for trial
at the Sessions, charged with stealing a sack and a quantity of hops
from the Crown and Thistle public house in Friargate. The prisoner
sold one half of the hops to a retail brewer in North Street, and he was
offering the other half for sale to the landlord of the Bowling Green
in Friargate, when he was apprehended by George Holt, a constable.
The prisoner is the son of the late celebrated Tommy Darlington,
of dying speech and match-selling notoriety.
Preston Chronicle 12th March 1831
CROWN AND THISTLE INN
(late of Burnley)
LICENSED DEALER IN FOREIGN AND BRITISH SPIRITS, CYDER,
PORTER, ALE, &c.,
MOST respectfully informs his Friends and the Public in General,
of Preston and the neighbourhood, that he has taken and entered
upon the above Premises, lately occupied by Mr. THOMAS LUND;
where he hopes by regularly keeping a good and genuine Stock,
and paying every attention to the comfort and convenience of his Customers,
to merit their patronage and support.
FRIARGATE BROW, December 1840.
Preston Chronicle 30th January 1841
|Preston Chronicle 31st October 1846|
At the Sessions at Liverpool Assizes, he was
jailed for 18 months.
|Preston Chronicle 16th April 1859|
|Preston Chronicle 17th December 1859|
|Preston Chronicle 21st May 1864|
EXTRACT from the PRESTON CHRONICLE 18.5.1872
...................there is another place in the same street (Friargate) - the
"CROWN AND THISTLE" - which has a similar approach (several
stone steps), which seem to have equally worn steps, but the middle
of the steps seem to have been filled up with stone, and even the filled-up
part is getting hollow with wear.
Shakespeare talked about "sermons in stones," but beerhouse steps
worn doubly hollow may not contain many sermons, but they certainly tell a tale.
Preston Herald 11th August 1888
Taken from the P.N.E. Handbook of the 1898 - 99 Season
Lancashire Evening Post 12th September 1906
Lancashire Evening Post 12th February 1907
Robert Sherlicker 30 years Innkeeper
Elizabeth Sherlicker 30 Wife
Thomas Seddon 58 years Innkeeper b. Preston
Ellen Seddon 59 Wife do
Robert Livesey 55 years Lic. Vict. b. Whittle
Ellen Livesey 54 Wife b. Poulton
Alice Makin 35 Servant b. Bolton
John Archer 31 years Lic. Vict. b. Preston
Mary Alice Archer 38 Wife b. Hoghton
George Dugdale 79 Father-in-law b. Kirkham
Thomas Gregson 40 years Publican b. Preston
Ellen Gregson 39 Wife do
Alice Gregson 3 Daughter do
William Gregson 2 Son do
Ellen Gregson 7 months Daughter do