Church Street lower

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The lower end of Church Street in the later 17th century based on a plan at Lancashire Archives (DDX194/9). The plan identifies inns and taverns, barns and other buildings as well as indicating which properties extend to more than two storeys. The numbers are the ones on the annotated plan and relate to the list below. Note: DDX194/9 is an attempt at a visualisation based on original survey documents. Its accuracy is uncertain, but it does provide a feel for the townscape in 1685 (see The 1685 Survey of Preston for a detailed discussion of the 17th-century plans).

List of property owners

Spelling of names as in original Lancashire Archive documents: be aware of  possible transcription errors.

1: Edw Jam Taylor     2: Tho Poole     3: Jno Hodgkinson     4: Henry Merry     5: Widow Walmsley     6: Wm Dophin     7: Edw. Spirrier     8: Rt. Whittingham     9: Mrs Jane Mitten widow     10: Jno Kellett     11: Jno Hodkinson     12: Rd Thorp     13: Wm Clayton     14: Ellen Salter     15: Eli [?] Hodkinson     16: Evan Hodgkinson     17: Tho Slater     18: Jno Clayton     19: Wm Bateson     20: Widow Place     21: Rt. Simson     22: Ed Keuerden     23: Jerimy Ashton     24: Wm Adkinson – The Talbot-Dog     25a: Jno Bayley – not on Harris annotation     25: Tho Smith     26: Widow Eli Abbott     27: Widow Bolton     28: Nic Pasaley     48: Wm Abraham     49: Mr Jepson – innkeeper at the Crown     50: Jno Seedle     51: An Langton     52: Patten Co – Thomas Patten     53: Tho Hill     54: Widow Brunwood     55: Dan Tunstall     56: Paten Co – Patten House: the home of Thomas Patten, soon to become the Preston residence of the Stanleys     57: Law Bostocke     58: Law Bostock     59: Nico Cunlow     60: Eli Cork     61: James Harryson     62: Eli Clarkson – the Harris annotator bracketed this property and 63 with a query indicating uncertainty which person owned which property     63: Hen Langton     64: Capt Clayton     65: Tho Poole     66: James Baly     67: Mrs Farnaw     69: Hen Miers     70: John Merry     71: Martin Maberrey     72: Ralph Gregson     73: Hen Heaton


A selection of some of the other items on this site


An 'Irish' district in Preston, Lancashire in 1851

Does the district known as Little Ireland that was firmly established in Preston by the middle of the 19th century qualify as a ‘ghetto’? It was home to Irish immigrants attracted by the town’s employment opportunities and driven by the famine that was devastating their country. See Irish ‘ghettoes’ in 19th-century Preston

The 15th Earl of Derby

When the 1871 census seemed to show just how much land was held in so few hands the Radicals were jubilant. The Conservative Earl of Derby was prodded to stand up in the House of Lords to demand a recount by way of a government survey. The result showed who owned most of the land in Lancashire. See Who owned Lancashire?

Avenham Colonnade Preston

Desirable Dwellings
– Nigel Morgan’s ‘lost book’: the best guide to middle-class housing in Victorian Preston and a detailed source for the social history of the town. Rediscovered only very recently. See Desirable Dwellings – Nigel Morgan’s ‘lost book’

Why did so very few conscripts from Preston’s working-class districts find a place in the officer’s mess, and what does it say about the class divide in Edwardian Preston? See Great War conscription and Edwardian Preston’s ‘class ceiling’


More articles


Col Thomas Bellingham

The diaries of Thomas Bellingham (above) and Lawrence Rawstorne open a window on life in 17th-century Preston, and reveal the web of family and social connections that enabled the gentry to govern Lancashire. See Bellingham/Rawstorne diaries

Septimus Tebay - Rivington Grammar School headmaster

From the back streets of Preston to the back streets of Farnworth by way of Cambridge and headship of Rivington Grammar School, the life of Septimus Tebay is a remarkable story of clogs to clogs in one generation. See Septimus Tebay — maths prodigy

Fr Bernard Page in his army chaplain's uniform

A number of Catholic priests from Preston volunteered to serve as army chaplains in the Great War. They included Fr Bernard Page who saw service on the Western Front and in revolutionary Russia. Clerics in khaki

Sir Alexander Rigby of Lancashire

Alexander Rigby, one of the key figures in the Civil War in Lancashire, never let principles get in the way of a good deal: he was ‘never knowne to bee worth one [thousand] till hee became a publicke robber by law: but you must remember hee had beene a lawyer and a bad one.’ Alexander Rigby and his family.

More biographies


Kim Travis has traced the history of the Tulketh district of Preston and its hall from pre-Norman times up to the present day. It is a marvelously detailed reconstruction. See Tulketh and its hall.

One of the foulest of the many obnoxious trades of Victorian England was the tanning of leather. The Dixon family of Bank Parade, Avenham, developed Preston’s largest tannery on their own doorstep. See Frenchwood Tannery.

Map of Moor Park, Preston, in the 1840s

Preston’s claim to have created Britain’s first public park with the opening of Moor Park in the first half of the 19th-century was, some years ago, called into question by a leading academic. Was he right? Preston’s first park.

Plan of Stand Prick fields in 18th-century Preston

Bow Lane, the Preston address of Lancashire Archives, was earlier named Spring Street. Even earlier it had a somewhat indecorous name. See Stand Prick Lane.

More of Preston’s historic places

Maps and Plans

Preston Market Square in the later 17th century. Find this and other plans of the town at that date here.

Section of a 17th-century road map of Lancashire from Ribbleton, Preston, to Inglewhite

A plan of the route to Inglewhite from Ribbleton in the later 17th century. More Lancashire road plans here.

Plan showing principal landowners in Lang survey

Plan of Preston in 1774 showing the holdings of the principal landowners. The 1774 Preston survey.

Map of Domesday Preston

Map shows what the road network round Preston might have looked like in the late 11th century. Note no Walton bridge. Preston after Domesday

More Maps and Plans

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