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Adlington - Elephant & Castle Hotel

Name: The Elephant & Castle Hotel

Address: 1, Bolton Road, Adlington


The Elephant & Castle Hotel is one of Adlington's oldest Inns, located on the corner of Bolton Road and Babylon Lane.  It first appears in the 1824 Standish Directory when it was being run by a James (Jas) Fowler.



Subsequent landlords were Lawrence Wilcock (1841), Francis Dickinson (1848-51), Betty Fairclough (1861), Edmund Catterall (1871-74), Joseph Pilkington (1874-81), J Calderbank (1883), John Wilkins (1891-96) and William Charnock (1901-25).

1841 Census

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 25 February 1843


Preston Chronicle 19 August 1848

The Ridgeway Arms and Elephant & Castle (1849)

1851 Census


1861 Census


1871 Census

Chorley Guardian 06 June 1874

1881 Census

Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 28 April 1883

Blackburn Standard 17 December 1887

1891 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 23 May 1896

1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 24 October 1910

1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 15 May 1918

Lancashire Evening Post 02 April 1925

Lancashire Evening Post 16 September 1930

BBC Project People’s memories WW2
Contributed by ElsieHo  People in story: Elsie
Location of story: Adlington, Chorley, Lancashire
Background to story: Civilian Article ID: A2412875
Contributed on: 11 March 2004
During 1939, I was working at Chorley Bleach Works and in September that year war was declared. In 1941 I was sent a letter to go for an interview at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Euxton, Lancashire.
Thankfully, I was not sent to work on the line (where they made bombs) as I had an allergy to the powder. I was sent to work in the canteen where I worked until 1945. I enjoyed the fellowship of the people that I worked with.
During 1942 - 1944 I remember the bombs being dropped on the village of Adlington, demolishing the Plough Hotel only yards from my own home
During 1942-1944 I remember the bombs being dropped on the village of Adlington, damaging the Plough Hotel. Two others dropped near the dye works, one a land mine, one went off and shattered a lot of windows nearby, bomb disposal soldiers came to detonate the one that didn't go off, we all had to open windows when they did this, but a lot were broken again.
When enemy planes came over and the sirens went off, we were supposed to go in the air raid shelters, the school had a large one, and a lot of people had small one’s in there gardens, air raid wardens came round to make sure no lights were showing because of the blackout. Car headlights had black strips covering them also cycles and motorcycles. It was impossible to get batteries for my bike so, I had carbide lights which went out if I went over a bump, which left me in absolute darkness. One night coming home from work, coming out of St.Thomas’s road ,I had reached Fazacherly St. when someone shone a torch at me, it was a policeman, telling me my cycle light had gone out, we had no matches to relight it, he wouldn't let me walk home to Adlington, a man came along who had a cigarette lighter, and between them they got it lit. They had a good laugh as they hadn't seen a carbide lamp before.
One Saturday night I was at a dance in the village of Adlington, the sirens went, we heard the plane come over, and a bomb was dropped on the doctor’s house 50yards away, trapping the doctor's wife and family in the cellar I don’t think they were hurt just shaken.
Another time I was coming home from my aunt’s on the bus, I got off at the Elephant and Castle pub, I met two soldiers who were billeted at Adlington Hall, as we were talking a Jerry plane came over, they made a different noise to ours a sort of chugging droning sound ,I looked up it was overhead, I saw the bomb doors open as it showed a light, we saw the bomb dropping, it fell near the smithy and damaged it, just seconds after I had passed. So home we went as quickly as we could. Finally I was working on nights when the sirens went, there sounded more than one plane, a bomb dropped just missing the Royal Ordinance Factory an and Chorley Hospital, if either had been hit, there would have been enormous casualties.
In May I945 Britain celebrated V.E .day, the same year I married, and was granted permission to return to my previous employment, working there until late 1946 when my husband was de-mobbed and I became pregnant with our first child.
Ormskirk Advertiser 09 May 1940

Elephant & Castle 2016

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