Address: Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods
|Courtesy of Adrian Smith - What?ub|
Until the mid-1970's the Ley Inn pictured above was a working farm that had been in existence since the late 1700's. It was called Higher Wood End Farm and was one of the original buildings in the village, being the birth place of one "John Clayton (born 1778), a Nonconformist minister of note, being pastor of the Weighhouse Chapel from 1778 to 1826" so is a building of some historical interest and mentioned in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1911.
|1848 Map of Clayton-le-Woods|
I am not aware of the exact date of opening but the two Gazette records below suggest it was somewhere between 1973 and 1978.
THE LONDON GAZETTE, HTH OCTOBER 1973
3 7A. 4-51 acres or Agricultural land part of Higher Wood End Farm Back Lane Clayton Green bounded on the north thereabouts. by Back Lane and on the north west and south west by land at Lower Wood End Farm Back Lane.
|Higher Wood End Farm|
THE LONDON GAZETTE, 12ra MAY 1978
36. 4'95 acres or thereabouts of agricultural land bounded on the north by land part of Back House, Sheep Hill Lane, Clayton-le-Woods on the west by agricultural land part of Yates Farm, Sheep Hill Brow, Clayton-le-Woods on the south and east by agricultural land part of the former farm known as Higher Wood End but now known as The Ley Inn, Back Lane, Clayton-le-Woods.
|2016 Google Map of Clayton-le-Woods|
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