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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

CROWN AND THISTLE, Friargate

CROWN AND THISTLE
63 Friargate
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Until about 1885 the building was thatched, but around that time
it was un-thatched and slated.

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MINE HOSTS:
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
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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.
Thanks Jeremy. 
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DEATH:  On Wednesday, se'enight,Mrs. Blackburn,
wife of Mr. Blackburn, of the Crown and Thistle,
in Preston.
Lancaster Gazette  30th December 1815
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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
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CROWN AND THISTLE INN
FRIARGATE, PRESTON

JAMES HOWARD
(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
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Preston Chronicle 31st October 1846
At the Sessions at Liverpool Assizes, he was
jailed for 18 months.
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Preston Chronicle 16th April 1859
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Preston Chronicle 17th December 1859
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Preston Chronicle  21st May 1864
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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.
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Shakespeare talked about "sermons in stones," but beerhouse steps
worn doubly hollow may not contain many sermons, but they certainly tell a tale.
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 Preston Herald   11th August 1888
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Taken from the P.N.E. Handbook of the 1898 - 99 Season
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 Lancashire Evening Post  12th September 1906
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 Lancashire Evening Post  12th February 1907
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CENSUS RETURNS
1841
Robert Sherlicker              30 years              Innkeeper
Elizabeth Sherlicker           30                       Wife


1851

1861

1871
Thomas Seddon             58 years               Innkeeper                  b. Preston
Ellen Seddon                  59                        Wife                                   do

1881
Robert Livesey               55 years               Lic. Vict.                  b. Whittle
Ellen Livesey                  54                         Wife                        b. Poulton
Alice Makin                   35                         Servant                    b. Bolton

1891
John Archer                   31 years               Lic. Vict.                  b. Preston
Mary Alice Archer         38                        Wife                         b. Hoghton
George Dugdale             79                        Father-in-law           b. Kirkham

1901
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
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