John Noble — Preston’s Catholic radical

John Noble, by religion Catholic by politics a radical, was a worthy opponent in the early 19th century of Preston’s Church and State Conservative MP Robert Townley Parker. When Parker lost his seat in Parliament it was Noble who organised a parade of thousands through Preston to celebrate the defeat.

One of Noble’s principal allies in radical politics was the social reformer and temperance advocate Joseph Livesey. A somewhat strange alliance since while Livesey was fulminating against the demon drink Noble was busy promoting the brewing trade in the town as its major supplier of malted barley.

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