Address: Jolly Tar Lane, Coppull
|Jolly Tar Inn c.1900|
The Jolly Tar Inn started life as a working farm of some 40 acres. John and Elizabeth Roocroft and their family moved there in the late 1850's having previously run the Oak Tree Inn on Preston Road and soon after they started running a beer house from the farm; it was situated on Jolly Tar Lane in Coppull, which was previously known as Rag Whistle Lane.
Along with the Waggon & Horses and Parker's Arms it was one of three beer houses in this rural part of Coppull.
Listed landlords at the Jolly Tar Inn were John Roocroft or Roscroft (1860-1873), James Bradshaw (1873), John Astley (1876-1881), Robert Turner (1891), William Taylor (1901) and John Beswick (1911).
|Preston Chronicle 24 November 1860|
The Bolton Chronicle reported on the same incident but further detail was given surrounding John Roocroft's reason for leaving the Oak Tree Inn.
|Bolton Chronicle 24 November 1860|
|1861 Census - Farm|
|1871 Census - Farm & Beer House|
|Preston Chronicle 15 February 1873|
|Preston Chronicle 01 April 1876|
|1881 Census - Farm & Beer House|
|1891 Census - Farm & Inn|
|1901 Census - Farm & Beer House|
|1911 Census - Farm & Inn|
The Inn is no longer in business today and there is no apparent trace of the premises. Exactly when it closed I can't ascertain, but I suspect the building itself is still standing on Jolly Tar lane and may be the property pictured below. If anyone reading this knows with any more certainty please let me know.