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The Golden Ball

From the Alvin Cook collection

This began life as a farm sometime before 1794.

It was refaced around 1868 and closed just before the outbreak of WW1 in 1914.

It was a stone and thatched building that had 3 parlours and a taproom.
Upstairs there was also a “club room”.

The Golden Ball could also stable up to 5 horses.

The Preston Wholesale Co-operative Society bought the premises in 1923 and opened up their shop on Market Day Thursday 24th July 1924.

The building we see today was built by the co-op in 1968, but the shop itself closed in 1980.

In 1851 the Landlady was Ellen Singleton, a widow.