Address: Appley Lane North, Appley Bridge
The Appley Bridge Inn was one of the village's earliest pubs and the original building, located on the right side of Appley Lane North (walking from the bridge) is no longer immediately obvious today but appeared in local records as early as 1835 when William Ranicar was the landlord.
At some stage later in the 1800s the Inn moved to a new building, built on the opposite side of the road by the brewery, which was later to become known as the Railway Hotel in the 1900s. This can be seen further down the page on the 1892 map.
|1835 Poll Books|
Listed landlords at the Inn were William Ranicar (1835-41), James Sephton (1841), James Ranicar (1851-61), Mary Ranicar (1871), Richard Catterall (1881-83), Hugh Morris (1889-91), Thomas Halliwell (1894), Henry Butler (1895-01) and John Wren (1911).
|Burial of James Ranicar 1859 @ St Wilfrid's|
|1869 Preston Quarter Session Records and Petitions Mary Ranicar|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 05 July 1873|
|1881 Census Mary Ranicar|
|Appley Bridge Inn c.1900 (right)|
|Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 01 September 1883|
|Back yard of the Railway 1960s|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 16 April 1884|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 22 November 1889|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 25 November 1891|
Appley Lane North looking towards the bridge - the horse and cart pictured
on the right were outside the Railway Hotel
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 29 June 1894|
....I remember the older people used to call Mill Lane “thowd cart road”.
As you enter Mill Lane from Appley Lane there are two houses which stand back and
have gardens running down to the road. Facing them is a newly built house on the
right hand side and then a row of six cottages called Glovers Row. When electricity
came to Appley Bridge in the 1930’s a sub-station was built opposite them. Further
along on the left is another row of houses known as Butler’s Houses. Mr. Butler
Senior was landlord of the Railway Hotel and he had six daughters; he built a house
for each of them at the beginning of the 1900’s. By 1911 he had built two more
houses next to them, one of which was for his son, my Uncle Harry, who married my
mother’s sister, my Auntie Maggie.
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 16 September 1905|
|Draymen making a delivery to the Railway Hotel c.1930s|