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).
|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 fighting...it ended well though, as he was acquitted.
|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
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.”
|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.