There appears to have been a hostelry by the name of the Plough in Church Street, Preston, in the 17th century. By 1701 it had closed for an entry in the court leet records for October 1701 mentions ‘the house late the sign of the Plow, in the Churchgate’. [1] Customers included the diarist Lawrence Rawstorne as witness his entry for 10 November 1688.

[1] ‘Preston Court Leet Records’, accessed 29 January 2017,