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Commercial Inn

Name: The Commercial Inn

Address: 196, Water Street, Chorley, Lancashire


The Commercial Inn was located on Water Street opposite the junction with Commercial Road and like the Robin Hood Hotel was one of the licensed premises to be demolished to make way for the Chorley by-pass in 1984.  



The below picture shows the building site of the new Chorley Leisure Centre (All Seasons) where the Commercial once stood.



Both the Commercial and Robin Hood Hotel were renowned for having fine bowling greens at the rear.  The Inn first appeared in records from 1851 with the listed landlords being William Gillibrand (1851), Charles Mould (1861-71), Daniel Stansfield (1874), Elizabeth Heath (1876), Elijah Heath (1879), Thomas Fairbrother (1881-91), John Hough (-1898), Ellen Hough (1898-1901), Thomas Appleton (1903-13) and Edward King (1936-40).



1861 Census

1871 Census

Prior to final demolition and development of the Chorley bypass

1881 Census


1891 Census

Marriage: 13 Sep 1900 St Laurence, Chorley, Lancashire, England
James Fairclough - 21 Plumber Bachelor of 50 Bengal St.
Maud Hough - 20 Spinster of Commercial Inn
Groom's Father: John Fairclough, Contractor
Bride's Father: John Hough, (deceased), Publican
Witness: Fred Hough; Mary Ainsworth
Married by Licence by: J. Pilling M.A. Curate
Register: Marriages 1880 - 1904, Page 208, Entry 416
Source: LDS Film 1517687


This wider view of the photo above confirms it was taken whilst
Thomas Fairbrother was the landlord in the 1880/90's

1901 Census


The marriage record below confirms that Thomas Appleton was at the Commercial in 1903: -

Marriage: 23 Feb 1903 St Laurence, Chorley, Lancashire, England
Henry Appleton - 22 Clerk Bachelor of Commercial Inn Water St
Louisa Agnes Gaines - 23 Spinster of 70 Railway road
Groom's Father: Thomas Appleton, Publican
Bride's Father: James Gaines, ( deceased ), Painter
Witness: Edward Withnell; Bessie Hiscocks
Married by Banns by: Reginald Stowell Curate
Register: Marriages 1880 - 1904, Page 234, Entry 467
Source: LDS Film 1517687

1911 Census

First World War Volunteers, Commercial Inn, Water Street, Chorley 1914

1 comment:

  1. Florrie Appleton gives her address as The Commercial Inn and her father Thomas as publican when she married at St. Laurence's on 3 December 1913.

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