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Bretherton - Blue Anchor Inn

Name: The Blue Anchor

Address: 21 South Road, Bretherton



The Blue Anchor Inn is the only pub in the rural village of Bretherton and has been a feature of life there since the early 1800's.  Located on South Road, or South Row as it used to be called, the pub was listed on the 1835 Electoral Register as the "Anchor Inn" when it was being run by a man called John Bretherton. I am not aware when the name changed to the Blue Anchor but on the 1881 Census, whilst it is called the Anchor, it is immediately next door to the Blue Anchor Cottages.


UK, Poll Books and Electoral Registers 1835 John Bretherton

Subsequent landlords at the Inn were Peter Jump (1839-55), Peter Howard (1858-61), Thomas Alty (1871), R Alty (1876), Thomas Alty (1881), James Iddon (1891), John Coxhead (1901), James Bates (1911) and John William Smith (1930).


1841 Census

Peter Jump and his wife Nancy were originally from the Ribchester area as their marriage record below shows: -
Marriage: 2 Dec 1821 St Wilfrid, Ribchester, Lancashire, England
Peter Jump - (X), this Parish
Nancy Eastham - (X), this Parish
Witness: Michael Clarkson; Thos. Gregson
Married by Licence by: J Quartley A M Vicar
    Notes: with consent of Parents
    Register: Marriages 1813 - 1837, Page 90, Entry 268
    Source: LDS Film 1470814

We know that Peter and Nancy were at the Anchor as early as 1839 due to the parish record of the baptism of their son Peter.
Baptism: 22 Sep 1839 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Peter Jump - Son of Peter Jump & Nancy
    Born: 13 Aug 1839
    Abode: Bretherton
    Occupation: Inn-keeper
    Baptised by: Rob W King Curate
    Register: Baptisms 1828 - 1843, Page 166, Entry 1327
    Source: LDS Film 93712


1847 Map of South Row

1851 Census

Burial: 13 Sep 1855 St John the Baptist, Bretherton, Lancashire, England
Peter Jump - Age: 57 years
    Abode: Bretherton
    Buried by: Rob. Wm. King, Incumbent
    Register: Burials 1841 - 2014, Page 308, Entry 58
    Source: Original register at Lancashire Archives

After Peter's death in 1855 Nancy continued to live on South Row with their children, farming 37 acres of land until her death in 1877.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 12 December 1857

Preston Chronicle 24 July 1858

1861 Census

Preston Chronicle 11 May 1861


Lancaster Gazette 08 March 1862

1871 Census

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 23 August 1876

1881 Census


1891 Census



1901 Census


1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 07 September 1925

Lancashire Evening Post 14 May 1930

Lancashire Evening Post 08 February 1941

Lancashire Evening Post 28 November 1946

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