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Memories of Penwortham
Marriage of John Naughton & Ann Conroy
John Naughton (b.1842; Kings County, Ireland) & Ann Conroy (b.1851; Queens County, Ireland) were married in St Walburge's RC church, 3 April 1880.
John was known as a "peaceable" & quiet man who played the flute. They had 3 daughters, Mary Ann, Julia (known as Jessie) & Catherine, but sadly John died suddenly in 1886 before Catherine was born, leaving Ann 3 months pregnant to bring up the girls on her own. Their oldest daughter, Mary Ann, went on to marry Austin Shorney in Herons Ghyll, E Sussex in 1906.
Information About This Church
* St Walburge's is the tallest spired parish church and the third tallest church spire of any type in Britain.
* Preston was made a City for the millennium celebrations so it is likely that St Walburge's will be elevated to cathedral status in time.
* Completed in 1854.
Between two of the shops on this photo runs a small lane called Anchor Court. It is still there, but all the houses which formerly lined it have been demolished or altered beyond all recognition. In the court there was a shop selling farmers' supplies, and my brother and I used to like going there, just for the fun of it and looking around. I can't remember the name of this shop - perhaps someone else can?
Father Taught Here
From 1944 to 1956 my father Mr. G. Pember was head of the Electrical Engineering Department of the Technical School, which was also known as the Harris Institute. I can remember going there only once, at the time of the Preston Guild celebrations of 1952, when he let me watch some of the processions from the steps on the photo. Others I watched from one of the upstairs windows.
Unfortunately, though this photo shows the timber quay, it doesn't show the timber! Sometimes Father took my brother and me to Preston docks, and this was always a wonderful outing. I can remember scrambling around on the huge tree trunks stacked up on this quay, and indeed have two photos to prove it. In 1953, Coronation year, the submarine "Amphion" paid a visit to the docks, and half Preston came to see it. The queue to go inside stretched right round the docks basin. I was one of those who clambered down inside and I can remember how narrow everything was and how uncomfortable it must have been!