Friargate upper

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The upper end of Friargate 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.

155: Rd Burton     156: Geo Smith     157: Wm Darlington     158: Char de Loy     159: Tho Bramhill     160: Edw Craven senior – possibly Craven’s hostelry     167: Ed Leatherbarrow     168: x Woodburn     169: Sir John Mulenex     170: Jno Cottham     171: Jams Ashton     172: Hen Bramell senior     173: Jennett Taylor     174: Jno Haith     175: Jno Sanderson     176: Ralph Comanders     177: Hugh Swansey     178: Roger Headock – possible hostelry     179: Evan Hughson     180: James Mosse ­- currier     181: Jno Hall     182: Edw Weatherall     183: Jno Masden     184: Jno Powell     185: Jonat Seed     186: James Kicthen     187: Tho Higham     188: Law Bayley     189: Law Pickup     191: Edw Gredwell     192: Geo Cletherow     193: Wm Toogood     194: Tho Wamsley     195: Tho Wiggan     196: Jno Barrick     197: Tho Martin     198: Wm Gregson     199: Sart Ridgbey     200: Widow Gradwell     201: Hen Gradwell     202: Tho Beckinsell     203: James Wittell – innkeeper at the Boar’s Head     204: Jno Singleton senior     205: Wm Southcoat     206: Wm Charnock     207: Jno Gurnell     208: Roger Bannester     229: Jno Singleton junior     230: Will Marland     231: Natha Heatock     232: Wm Seddall     233: James Short     234: Geo Willison     235: Tho Fisher     236: Jno Ratcliff     237: Edw Riddihough     238: James Werden     239: James Dawson     240: Alice Lowther     241: Mrs Wall     243: Rd Hudson     244: Hen Bramwell     245: Rd Gracestock     246: Rd Tomlinson     247: James Cowell     248: Jno Baly     249: Hen Herdsey     250: Jno Harrison     251: James Pooll     252: Tho Hodgson     253: Tho Bullin     254: Jno Chorley     255: Mary Shessett     256: Hen Hogkinson     257: Jno Royle     258: Rt Fisher     259: James Cambers     260: Mary Shessett     261: Widow Sperier     262: Tho Addison     263: John Rawlinson     264: Jno Cowburn     265: Tho Coward     266: Jams Drinkwater     267: Tho Silcock     267: Wm Thorp     268: Thurston Durton     269: x Greenfeild esq     270: Wm Marsden     271: Hen Hall     272: Wm Helm     273: Randle Shurlacer     274: Matt Read     275: Wm Greenwood     276: Rt Riley     277: Tho Gradwell     278: Mrs Sumner – innkeeper at the White Horse     

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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