I have been forwarded a certified copy of a birth certificate dated 5th July, 1867, of George, the son of William Connor, an illiterate journeyman gardener, and Ellen, lately Moran, formerly Kennedy, (though her alternative name on LancsBMD is shown as Kinnegan) of 13 Cragg’s Row, Preston, which is surplus to requirements. William and Ellen had a Registrar’s wedding in 1865. Young George appears to have died the same year and also to be the only child of the relevant names in the Preston area during the 1860’s and 70’s. It has not been possible with the available information to trace William and Ellen on the 1871 Census.
Cragg’s Row still exists and is situated off Moor Lane, behind the B.T. tower block. It is currently in the news as the Grade II listed 18C. semi-derelict windmill on Cragg’s Row, the only remaining windmill in Preston, is currently for sale. It can be seen at
and an aerial view of the surrounding area can be viewed at
There are numerous other references to Cragg’s Row and the windmill on Google, just enter ‘ Craggs Row Preston ’.
The certificate is available free to any interested party.
Stewart McLoughlin, Preston Branch
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