Preston Pub Sign Study The Market Tavern

Photo taken by me – The Market Tavern pub sign, Preston
Preston, England
October 29, 2016 4:23am CST
This pub dates from 1869. Markets in busy towns are prime locations for pubs as shoppers and market traders need breaks and work up a thirst. When looking for pubs to visit or just photograph in any town without having seen any maps or directions before I head to the town centres as there are always concentrations of pubs near big churches, town halls and street markets. The Black-A-Moor’s Head and the now closed Farmers Arms pubs were already established in the area before the market was built – they were built when the waste ground was used for visiting fair grounds on bank holidays. The Market Tavern was purposely built to coincide with the rise of the market stalls. The Market Tavern ended up being among 14 pubs set within sight of the market itself and like several others, it allowed traders to store produce in the pub’s unused rooms overnight. The building of the Harris Centre was controversial in that it led to the compulsory purchase and demolition of many shops, houses and seven of the fourteen popular pubs, but The Market Tavern was one of the survivors and its trade increased significantly due to the popularity of the museum and gallery facility ince they were built. This is an earlier sign from the pub depicting well-dressed early 18th century people enjoying the open drinking area between the pub and Market that gives it purpose and identity. The current sign just has says The Market Tavern without any picture. I know which I prefer. Arthur Chappell
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@JohnRoberts (25116)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Oct
Why did they switch to a plain sign, do you know?
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• Preston, England
29 Oct
photo taken by me the new Market Tavern Sign
@JohnRoberts new management in this case I expect - this is the current sign
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@JohnRoberts (25116)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Oct
@arthurchappell It has that trendy modern look. Trying to attract the young clientele.
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• Preston, England
31 Oct
@JohnRoberts I'd posted the wrong picture there - this is the right one
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@Corbin5 (54565)
• United States
29 Oct
So much detail in that sign. Could look that one over for a long time!
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@allen0187 (17536)
• Philippines
2 Nov
Not sure if I asked this before, but what prompted you to take photos of tavern and pub signs and research their history? Anyway, I see that i missed quite a number of these posts so I'm gto be reading these in the next few minutes.
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@allen0187 (17536)
• Philippines
5 Nov
@arthurchappell I bet you have enough photos and stories to tell to fill a book or two about pub signs.
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• Preston, England
5 Nov
@allen0187 over 3,500 now
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@allen0187 (17536)
• Philippines
12 Nov
@arthurchappell that would make for at least a couple of coffee table books in my opinion.
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@Jessicalynnt (47994)
• Centralia, Missouri
31 Oct
this one? I am sure I'd like this one better too
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@jennyjoy (2075)
• Bangalore, India
30 Oct
The old sign says a lot more.The new one very cut and dry.