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Sunday, 29 July 2012

CHORLEY TAVERN, Butler Street

CHORLEY TAVERN
Butler Street  (east side)
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MINE HOST:
1862     James Pilkington
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Lot 2
Preston Chronicle  18th October 1862
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COTTON TREE, Lancaster Road

COTTON TREE
Lancaster Road  /  Appleby Street
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MINE HOST:
1857      ?
Preston Chronicle  4th July 1857
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This is the only reference I have.
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SHOVEL AND BROOM, Bridge Street

SHOVEL AND BROOM
Bridge Street   (north side of)
Could be synonymous with the "Hen and Chickens"
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MINE HOST:
1812                   James Wilcock 
1832 - 35           Joseph Barton
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In 1838 there was a Joseph Barton at the "Hen and Chickens" in
Fox Street.  There was also a "Hen and Chickens" in Bridge Street.
My records for those premises run from 1838, but it is possible (in 
fact I think probable) that this is the same man who repeated the name
of his beer-house.
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Preston Chronicle 24th March 1832
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Preston Chronicle  16th May 1835
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

VICTORIA, North Road

VICTORIA
North Road.
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MINE HOST:
pre- 24.6.1843     Richard Lambert
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See:   Richard Lambert
Preston Chronicle  24th June 1843
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Any information to

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

GREEN STREET TAVERN, Patten Street

GREEN STREET TAVERN
Patten Street
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I suspect that 'Green Street Tavern' had been formerly known as 'Gas Works Tavern'. I think, also that it may have enjoyed a period when it was known as the 'Crooked Billet'!!
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MINE HOST:
1859     Martin MacFarden
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Preston Chronicle  25th June 1859
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Preston Chronicle 9th July 1859
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Preston Chronicle  24th December 1859
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Sunday, 22 July 2012

DUKE OF MAGENTA INN, Patten Street

DUKE OF MAGENTA INN
Patten Street
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 Patten Street, Preston, and many other streets within a radius of 1/3 of a mile from it, were heavily populated with immigrant Irish folk. Perhaps the name of this inn is unsurprising:-

John MacMahon, an Irish doctor born in Limerick, was naturalised in France in 1749 and married Charlotte Le Belin, Dame d'Eguilly, on 13 April 1750. The same year he was created Marquis d'Eguilly by King Louis XV. His son, the second Marquis, served in the American War of Independence and was a founding member of the Society of the Cincinnati. A grandson of the first Marquis, Patrice de MacMahon, served with distinction as a general in the Crimean War and later in the Austro-Sardinian War, winning the Battle of Magenta on 4 June 1859. The following day he was created Duc de Magenta by the Emperor Napoleon III. The marquesal title held by the senior line of the family was inherited by the younger, ducal line in 1894 and both titles still remain extant.
Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacMahon_family

MINE HOST:
1868     Unknown
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Preston Chronicle 8th August 1868
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Friday, 20 July 2012

RAVENSWOOD CASTLE

RAVENSWOOD CASTLE
Patten Street
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MINE HOST:
1857      James Duffy
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Preston Chronicle  3rd November 1857
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Preston Chronicle  14th November 1857
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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

CLOGGERS' ARMS, Fylde Road

CLOGGERS' ARMS
Fylde Road
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MINE HOST:
pre-1837       James Seed
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Preston Chronicle 28th October 1837
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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

THE NEW CONTINENTAL
South Meadow Lane
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formerly referred to as "The Old Continental"


The building on the left looks like a boathouse. The first licensee, Sam Thompson, a member
of the famous "Old Invincible" Preston North End football team. He married the daughter
of builder Thomas Croft, and it is his company who are believed to have built the premises
for him. Sam Thompson is known to have hired boats out for use on the river, in just the
same way as they did at the Pleasure Boat Inn in the 19th century.
This photograph shows the only part of the original building, when the rest
of the property was rebuilt in the early 1950's, due to subsidence.


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MINE HOSTS:
1911 - 23             Sam Thomson
1924 - 27             William Bee
   The separate cafe business -1920's   Robert William Worden  -  see photograph, below.
1931 - 32             John W. Ingham 
1936 - 48             Robert Harold Wallbank
1965 - 69             Walter Scott
2011 - 16             Jeremy Rowlands 

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Preston Herald   6th June 1914
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Preston Herald   7th July 1917
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This photograph has been taken from "Loud and Proud: Preston North End"
by Ian Rigby and Mike Payne. 2005.

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Samuel Thomson's grave in Preston Cemetery.

Behind Samuel Thomson's grave is the large memorial
to his father-in-law, Thomas Croft, founder of Croft's builders.
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I'm sure that there must be plenty of people who know a lot about "The Continental".
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Who's going to be the first to contact me?
ALL STORIES WILL BE CREDITED
with the contributor's name
(Unless, of course, you don't want to be credited
- just let me know).
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This photograph was taken on the roof of the Continental and shows my grandparents along with my Mum and her two sisters. Grandad was Robert William Worden and lived at what was always called the Cafe Continental in our family. He did catering and sold his own ice-cream from kiosks on Avenham park. This was a separate business to the licensed side, operated by Sam Thomson and William Bee in succession. However, the youngest child on the photo is my Aunt and was born 1923 so, assuming she would be about 7 years old, puts the date of the photo at around 1930. The chimney stack and bridge behind leave no doubt that it’s the Continental. 
Update: my grandmother’s marriage certificate dated  21-4-1915 shows her as a barmaid at the Hotel Continental, which is when Sam Thompson was the landlord.
Contributor:  Jim Whittle
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Jim Whittle's Mum and her father, R W Worden, selling ice-cream from a stall outside the Continental. Around 1920/21 as she was born in 1916 and looks to be 4 or 5 on the photo. Sam Thomson would be the licensee at the time.
What a wonderful, nostalgic, photograph.
Thanks again to Jim Whittle.
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CENSUS RETURN
Samuel Thomson hadn't moved in to the Continental until after the Census of 1911.
In fact he was next door at the "Bowling Green Inn" which closed down after
the Continental Hotel opened.
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