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Eccleston - Blue Anchor

Name: The Blue Anchor Inn

Address: Towngate, Eccleston



The Blue Anchor Inn was situated on Towngate and dates from the early 1800s.  Thanks to fellow blogger, Andrew Alston I now know that the Blue Anchor was referred to as early as 1821 and it also appeared in the 1825 Baines Directory of Lancashire with Joshua Christopher recorded as the licensee in both records. 

Baines 1825 Directory

The map below shows Eccleston in 1845 and the Blue Anchor Inn is one the prominent landmarks.


It first appears on Census records in 1841 when William Brinton was the Inn Keeper.

1841 Census

1851 Census

The 1851 census saw a new landlord behind the bar at the Blue Anchor Inn, John Rigby. 

John Rigby, licensee in 1851, died in June of that year. He had been a gamekeeper in Bispham until at least 1843 and the first mention of him back in Eccleston is the baptism of twin sons Henry and James in 1845, when he is Innkeeper. John's great great grandsons now own the car dealership 200 yards away opposite the Farmer's Arms. (courtesy of Andrew Alston 2018)

1861 Census

William Highfield was the landlord from 1861 all the way through to his death in the Autumn of 1881. 1891 saw a Thomas Ellison behind the bar followed by John Danson in 1901 and William Hayes in 1911. The pub was closed and demolished c.1999 and there are now houses on the site, which is called Anchor Fields.

1871 Census

1881 Census

1891 Census

1901 Census

1911 Census

2 comments:

  1. The Blue Anchor appears in the 1825 Baines Directory of Lancashire (available on Google books) with Joshua Christopher as licensee. He also appears as an innkeeper in the 1821 census, transcribed on Lan-OPC, which is, of course, lacking his address, but he is close by Rev. William Yates (on Lydiate Lane) and James Marsden, parish clerk, who I know lived just north of the bridge over the Yarrow, so the Blue Anchor seems almost certain then too.

    John Rigby, licensee in 1851, died in June of that year. He had been a gamekeeper in Bispham until at least 1843 and the first mention of him back in Eccleston is the baptism of twin sons Henry and James in 1845, when he is Inn Keeper. John's great great grandsons now own the car dealership 200 yards away opposite the Farmer's Arms.

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  2. Many thanks for the additional information Andrew. I will have a look on the Baines Directory and update my information.

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