William Lemon was born in 1644, served five times as mayor, firstly in 1675 and lastly in 1715, and was a long-serving alderman, only giving up the position in 1723 ‘by reason of his advanced years’. Lemon never married and died in 1724.  On his death his estate passed to the Winckley family.  Mullett brackets Lemon with the senior Preston Tories who ‘drew away from the corporation’ after the revolution, finding it not possible to sign a Whig declaration of loyalty in 1690.  In 1713 when the Tory Edward Southwell was seeking a Preston seat in the Parliamentary elections, he was advised by Richard Langton to seek Lemon’s aid, having spent some £100 to enlist the support of his voters and finding that they were still seeking more ‘since their bellies and pockets are as empty as at the beginning’. 
He appears to have been living on Fishergate from at least 1684.