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Kings Arms

Picture source: Richard Richmond

The Kings Arms  was situated on the corner of Stanley Street and Church Street. This pub closed in the 1990s and has been used mainly as retail and food outlets since.
My grandmother (Eva Sullivan) and her daughter ((Helen Johnson) were employed at the Kings Arms in Preston as chambermaids/housemaids.  They perished in this hotel in January 1946 due to carbon monoxide poisoning (a faulty flue from a boiler in the bedroom was responsible for their deaths).
Lorraine Lewis (October 2012)
My dad, George Sapsford was licensee in 1929. I have a copy of a summons giving The Kings Arms as his address dated 20th January 1929, to appear before the Court of Summary Jurisdiction in Bury charged with "did unlawfully assault and/or beat one Arthur Winstanley.......". I guess he was found guilty as he was fined 3 pound 14 shillings (about 3.70p). After serving in WW1 he played football professionally for various northern English teams including Southport, Stoke City, Manchester United and Preston North End. I presume on retiring from football he took on The Kings Head. He died in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1970.
Barry Sapsford (May 2013)

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Date of photo: 1909

Picture source: Richard Richmond

Picture source: Richard Richmond

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Name Dates Comments
Evelyn Scott (Mellitt) 1970-1973 My Dad Denis Mellitt was Landlord in 1970 and my mum was Landlady after his death, and we were there for the 1972 Preston Guild. Wonderful memories. Loved helping serving on the bar and glass collecting. Remember the organ playing and customers singing on the microphone along with the music, long before karaoke.