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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ELDER'S BEERHOUSE, Butler's Court

ELDER'S BEERHOUSE
7 / 8 Butler's Court
a.k.a. "Bank Hotel Beerhouse" 
see article from 1868, below.
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This portion of an architect's drawing, shows the beer house on
the eastern side of Butler's Court, note the direction towards
north at the top of the drawing. 
The drawing was specifically for a proposed enlargement of the
Lancaster Bank building (where Natwest is today). It also
involved the moving of the entrance to the Court from Fishergate.
Whether the work was actually carried out is not known,
but it doesn't alter the fact that the beer house was there.

Where the name 'Elder's' came from isn't known.
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MINE HOSTS:
1851 - 53                William Eccles
1861                        Thomas Smith
1868                        Jonathan Pilkington
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 Lancaster Gazette   7th August 1858
This article indicates that substantial building work had just been carried out, and it falls within the period that we know
the beer house existed.
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 Preston Chronicle   17th September 1864
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SELLING BEER DURING PROHIBITED HOURS
Jonathan Pilkington, keeper of the Bank Hotel Beerhouse,
Butler's Court, was fined 10 shillings and costs for selling
drink during prohibited hours on Friday evening, the 27th ult.
Preston Chronicle   4th April 1868
 I think that this answers why only the beerhouse was shown on the above architect's drawing; I think it possible (probable) that the place was owned, or at least leased, by the bank
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CENSUS RETURNS
1851
William Eccles                       41 years                            Beerseller                           b. Preston
Ann Eccles                            42                                     Wife                                            do
Esther Eccles                         16                   Daughter / Winder at Cotton Factory             do
Sarah Eccles                          15                   Daughter / Winder at Cotton Factory             do
Mary Cowell                         22                      Lodger / Weaver at Cotton Factory   b. Weeton

1861
Thomas Smith                        42 years                            Beerseller                           b. Garstang
Alice Smith                            44                                     Wife                                   b. Bolton
Martha Barlow                      34                           Visitor / Cotton Winder                         do
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Steve, Well found. Is there a date relating to the plans - and is there any other pubs or beerhouses mentioned as being in Butlers Court ? It seems likely that the bank did indeed own the premises.

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