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Coppull - Alison Arms

Name: The Alison Arms

Address: 279, Preston Road, Coppull

The Alison Arms first appeared on census records in 1861. It remains open to this day and is a popular folk music venue. Listed landlords at the pub were Ralph Platt (1861), George Wilson (1871), Ralph Platt (1871-76), George Wilson (1873-89), James Lilley (1891), John Glover (1901), George Trafford (1911), Agnes and Jim Bentham (1950's), Karl Davies (2008) and Ronald Ian Bury (2012).

1861 Census

1871 Census

Chorley Guardian 30th August 1873

The Allison Arms was very much in the news in August 1873 with the landlord's son, Henry Wilson going before the Magistrates on a charge of ended well though, as he was acquitted. 

1881 Census
Landlord in 1871 and 1881 George Wilson grew up in the Black Lion Inn at Heapey where his parents, George and Betty Wilson were running the farm and Inn. He was living in Longton in 1851 working as a Master Wheelwright and by 1861 he was living with his wife Betsy in Coppull Moor a few doors down from Ralph Platt who was running the Alison Arms. 

1869 Slater's Directory 

Fellow Wheelwright's John and Tyson Wilson listed above were both brothers of George who continued to run the pub until his death in 1889.

Burial: 20 Oct 1889 Parish Church, Coppull, Lancashire, England
George Wilson - Age: 71 years
    Abode: Welch Whittle
    Buried by: J. G. Hollingworth
    Register: Burials 1846 - 1907, Page 145, Entry 1155
    Source: LDS Film 1849656

1891 Census

Chorley Citizen Wednesday 22 October 2008
The mystery of the UFO sighting over Coppull earlier this month has been solved - they were Chinese sky lanterns from a nearby birthday party.Last week the Citizen reported how local man Simon Latham, 40, spotted four silent lights in the sky as he was walking down Park Road in the village. His mother also witnessed the strange goings on and after the story was printed we received several comments on our website backing up the sighting.
However, Cheryl Finch, 22, also contacted the Citizen to say that she was the unknowing culprit and the UFOs were, in fact, Chinese sky lanterns that were released to coincide with the arrival of her mother, Pat, for the 50th birthday bash, which took place at the Alison Arms in Preston Road. She said: “It was my mother’s 50th birthday so we wanted to do something special. We had seen the sky lanterns at the Southport Firework Show and were actually warned that some people mistake them for UFOs because of the way they move in the air and the fact they make no noise.
“We were joking that some people may think that ours were UFOs but it was only when we read the Citizen and the website that we realised some people had.”
Cheryl, who works as a support worker at Preston Prison, organised the party with her sister Katie, 17, and brother Mark, 24. Karl Davies, landlord at the Alison Arms, said: “We all thought it was hilarious when we saw it in the paper but you can see why people thought it might have been a UFO.”

1901 Census

1911 Census

London Gazette 12th May 1911

Veronica O'Leary(nee Ryan) with her friend Jean Picton in the upstairs cafe.
The Allison Arms was owned by Anges Bentham(nee O'Leary) and Jim Bentham.


  1. Hello Richard,I have come across a couple of Newspaper articles relating to George Wilson."The London Gazette" August 15 1862:George Wilson of Coppull Moor adjudged bankrupt,and "The Chorley Guardian" August 30 1873,a collection of articles under "Local Police News" all related:The effects of haymaking,Charge of permitting Drunkenness and Fighting.John Fisher is George's son-in-law,married to Sarah Ann,and George's son Henry,is my husband Alan's Great Grandfather.I found the articles quite amusing in places!

  2. Hello Richard, There is a newspaper article in the Chorley Guardian 30 August 1873,under Local Police News,concerning The Alison Arms and George and Henry Wilson.There are 3 connected clippings:The effects of haymaking,Charge of permitting Drunkenness and Fighting.

  3. Hello Richard,Another link to George Wilson.George Trafford is the son of Hannah Trafford,who is the sister of Elizabeth Alice Trafford,who married Thomas Henry Fisher,who is the son of John Fisher and Sarah Ann Wilson,who is the daughter of George Wilson!