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The Oldest Shoppe in Preston
23-Apr-2005, 09:29 PM
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The Oldest Shoppe in Preston
Knacker's thread about the oldest shop in leyland got me thinking about which was the oldest shop in Preston, me not being a Leylander.
I don't really know which it is, however, I would hazard a guess at the little jewelry shop on Cheapside, directly opposite the Harris Library & Museum.
Next time anyone is in Preston and near the Flag Market, just take a look along that row of shops and you'll see how different that one shop is compared to the others. It has a very pointed gable front and is very narrow. I wouldn't mind betting that it might be a 'listed'' building. Would one of you Lancastrians mind popping in to that store and asking about its history ?
I once bought a Masonic medalion from that store, I still have it ;-)
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29-Apr-2005, 02:11 PM
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I was told that was the oldest one, David.

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07-May-2005, 04:54 PM
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It is indeed, Caroline! As a Prestonian, I felt obliged to find out how old it really is, and I can tell you that this little half-timbered building (Thomas Yates jewellers) was erected in 1638. In 1684 it was the residence of the town's surgeon, Dr Wortton. The original Thomas Yates apparently is famous for having invented the 'dead beat lever' in watches, and the patent awarded to him for this can still be seen in the shop. So, howzabout that, then, folks?quote:

Originally posted by Caroline

I was told that was the oldest one, David.


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07-May-2005, 08:03 PM
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Well done Dotty, thanks for that. I`d love to see a painting of it when it had just been built. It may have stood alone, who knows????

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19-May-2005, 03:44 PM
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I could do you one from imagination- for a price, Jim!!
By the way, thanks for the email floor mural, I presume 'twas you.

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18-Jul-2005, 11:37 PM
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Hello all from a newby in Walton le Dale. I worked on Cheapside for many years, and I am sure that that particular shop was a tobacconists. My late Husband used to tell me, that years ago there was a statue of a monkey on the counter, with a gas flame coming out of it's mouth, for customers to light their cigarettes and cigars with. It used to fascinate him as a boy
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19-Jul-2005, 08:57 PM
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Originally posted by Lancashire Lassie

years ago there was a statue of a monkey on the counter, with a gas flame coming out of it's mouth, for customers to light their cigarettes and cigars with. It used to fascinate him as a boy



Nowadays the health and safety people would put a stop to that. What ever happened to taking responsibility for yourself? Nowadays even a children's playground has to be covered in bark or rubber matting - it used to be a rite of passage to take the skin off your knees, coming off something!
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20-Jul-2005, 04:24 PM
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Dotty; Thanks for checking that shop out. I'll pop in there in Oct when I'm over.
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20-Jul-2005, 09:42 PM
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I'll pop in there in Oct when I'm over.


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22-Jul-2005, 04:05 PM
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I'm sure I had mentioned it. I'll arrive Oct 7, and leave Oct 27. I'll be staying with my sister in Preston, and from past experience, I won't be renting a car..too much trouble trying to park it overnight, in fact, too much trouble trying to park it anytime in Preston. They live almost downtown, so the bus station is close and the taxi service is pretty good too.
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