Lytham St.Annes Coat of Arms
Lytham St.Annes, Lancashire, England


Celebrations at Preesall, 17th December, 1856. 

The Preston Guardian, Saturday, 20th December, 1856  


On Wednesday last, this picturesque but usually quiet village awoke from its slumbers, to enjoy a gala day of its own. The Inhabitants were for once resolved to have a day of rejoicing.

Cannons, with their startling shocks, poured, forth their salutes from Preesall Hill, and Fleetwood hurled back the challenge in, if possible, still louder thunder—not, as would last year at this date have been supposed, in open defiance of the Russians, but for the pleasurable purpose of doing honour to the marriage of Mr. Hope Elletson, of Parrox Hall, with Miss Shaw, daughter of Mr. James Shaw, of Aldred-place, Manchester.

As the bridegroom and the bride's father are owners of large properties in the township; the two inns of the village were specially retained for the entertainment of tenants and other guests, not forgetting the poor.

About fifty dinners were done justice to at the Saracen's Head Inn, the company being composed for the most part of tenants, and a few friends; the chair being filled by Mr. Hall, surgeon, in this accustomed style. The health of the happy pair was received, of course, with great applause. In the toasts; sentiments, and songs, which were never permitted to flag mine host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. William Gaulter, were duly complimented upon the abundance and seasonable excellency of their catering.

The best cow which Stalmine could produce was selected to supply beef for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Parkinson, of the Black Bull Inn, were not less happy in their arrangements for the tenants' wives and the poor people of the township; the latter been regaled with hot spiced ale and bun-loaf, while: the former were provided with wine, tea, &c.., super-intended by Mrs. James Thornton, the wife of Mr. Shaw's local agent.

The gay flags and banners that streamed in the breeze and which hung in festoons across the main streets were only struck when the dawn of the following day proclaimed that the dance and revelry, having stolen a march upon Christmas and New Year's-eve, must now be "posted up" amongst the things that have been.