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Bamber Bridge - Queen's Inn

Name: The Queen's Inn

Address: 29, Church Road, Bamber Bridge



The Queen Inn was one of the town's earliest Inns along with the Black Horse (Old Hob) and Black Bull.  Sadly I have been unable to find any pictures of the building, which closed for business in 2002 and was subsequently demolished to make for a new residential development, Church Mews. The opening of the bypass no doubt played a part in reducing trade and financial viability eventually leading to the Inn's closure.

Listed landlords at the Queen Inn were Thomas Eccles (1841-47), John Greenwood (1851-55), Thomas Barrow (1855-), James Syms (1861-95), Thomas Joseph Phillipson (1901-17) and William Marssen (1921). 

Baptism: 19 Feb 1839 St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England
John Eccles - Child of Thomas Eccles & Christiana
    Abode: Walton
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: Wm. Wignall
    Register: Baptisms 1837 - 1880, Page 10, Entry 77
    Source: LDS Film 1471151

1841 Census

Baptism: 3 Mar 1844 St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England
Thomas Eccles - Child of Thomas Eccles & Christiana
    Abode: B. Bridge
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: Wm. Wignall
    Register: Baptisms 1837 - 1880, Page 53, Entry 421
    Source: LDS Film 1471151

1845 Map

Baptism: 7 Feb 1847 St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England
Matthew Eccles - Child of Thomas Eccles & Christiana
    Abode: B. Bridge
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: Wm. Wignall
    Register: Baptisms 1837 - 1880, Page 77, Entry 611
    Source: LDS Film 1471151

1851 Census

Anniversary - The members of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, Lodge 413 of the Preston District, held their fifth anniversary at Mr John Greenwood's, Queens Inn, Bamber Bridge, on Saturday last, when upwards of sixty members, with their wives and sweethearts, sat down to a substantial dinner, which did great credit to the culinary taste and skill of the host and hostess.  On the removal of the cloth, P.N.F. Robert Walker was called to the chair, and P.N.F. John Whittle to the vice chair.  The chairman addressed the meeting at some length and said that it gave him great pleasure to inform them that the lodge was in a very prosperous state, with about seventy financial members on the books; and the outlay for the last twelve months had scarcely been a centage of the income.  The chairman sat down amidst great applause.  Health and prosperity to the lodge was then drunk with musical honours.  A vote of thanks was given to P.N.F. Sparling and Brother Parsons, for the praiseworthy manner in which they had discharged their duties as secretaries of the lodge.  The usual loyal toast were given, followed by 'The Committee of Management of the Order', which was drunk with musical honours.  'The Trade and Commerce of Bamber Bridge' was given from the chair, and 'The health of the Preston District Officers' by P.N.F. Richardson.  Songs and recitations were given in rapid succession, affording great pleasure, especially to the fair sex.  The party was enlivened by the merry dance, which was kept up to a late hour, when the company separated, being highly satisfied with the evening's entertainments.
Preston Chronicle 12th July 1851

1854 Mannex Directory - John Greenwood

1855 Post Office Directory - Ths Barrow

1861 Census


1871 Census

LOSTOCK HALL FARM, NEAR PRESTON...
TO SOLD BY AUCTION by Mr. Henry Snape, at the house of Mr. James Syms, the Queen Inn, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, on Wednesday, the 28th day February, 1872, at six o’clock in the evening
03 February 1872 - Chorley Guardian - Chorley, Lancashire, England

1881 Census


1891 Census

Marriage: 24 Apr 1893 St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England
Thomas Joseph Phillipson - 30 Contracter Widower of Bamber Bridge 
Elizabeth Ann Fowler - 31 Spinster of Higher Walton 
    Groom's Father: Edward Phillipson, Farmer (deceased)
    Bride's Father: Hugh Fowler, Inn Keeper (deceased)
    Witness: James Newby Parker; Jane Fowler; Joseph Fowler; James Fowler
    Married by License by: James Taylor Vicar
    Register: Marriages 1887 - 1900, Page 59, Entry 117
    Source: LDS Film 1471151



When future landlord Thomas Joseph Phillipson got married in 1893 he was working as a contractor but married into an Innkeeper's family, that of Hugh Fowler, landlord of the Hospital Inn on Brindle Road in Bamber Bridge from the 1860s until his death in 1892.

The probate record for James Syms from 1895 confirms he had retired from the trade prior to his death so it's likely that Thomas Phillipson took over shortly after his marriage.

1895 Probate record for James Syms

Baptism: 10 Sep 1899 St Saviour, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England
Ellen Phillipson - Child of Thomas Joseph Phillipson & Elizabeth Ann
    Born: 20 Aug 1899
    Abode: Church Road
    Occupation: Publican
    Baptised by: W. H. Lancaster
    Register: Baptisms 1894 – 1900, Page 195
    Source: LDS Film 1471151

1901 Census

1909 Map

1911 Census

1917 Barratt's Directory - Thomas Joseph Phillipson

SUMMONSES DISMISSED AT BAMBER
 At Bamber Bridge, to-day, William K. Marsden, licensee the Queen Inn, Bamber Bridge, was summoned for selling and supplying beer during prohibited hours to Jeremiah Waterhouse, William Duxbury, and Thomas Marsh. 
23 December 1921 - Lancashire Evening Post - Preston, Lancashire, England

Hopkinson Bowls Cup Final
 Hopkinson Bowls Cup last night, Fishers, the holders, successfully defended their title against the Fox and Grapes, at the Queens Inn, Bamber Bridge, on a fiery green. After the first four games, Fishers led by eight points but their opponents improved... 

23 August 1935 - Lancashire Evening Post - Preston, Lancashire, England

 Existing licences were renewed, and the Bench approved considerable structural alterations to the Queen's Inn, Bamber Bridge. 

05 February 1937 - Lancashire Evening Post - Preston, Lancashire, England

Site of the Queen's Arms c.2018

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