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Coppull - Waggon & Horses Inn

Name: The Waggon and Horses Inn

Address: 2, Coppull Moor Lane, Coppull, Chorley


The Waggon & Horses like many rural beer houses started life as a working farm and only started selling beer sometime in the 1840's.  The 1841 Census record below records William Hart living there with his wife and nine children - his occupation is shown simply as a farmer.

1841 Census

By the time of the 1851 Census the Harts had moved on, the location was named the "Waggon & Horses Inn" and James Pilkington and his family were the tenants; James is shown as a "Farmer & Inn Keeper". 

We know that James wasn't the first ever landlord from looking at the press release below which records William Marsden as being there in 1847.

Liverpool Mercury 26 March 1847 

Listed landlords at the Waggon & Horses Inn were William Marsden (1847), James Pilkington (1851-1875), George Pilkington (1875-1881), Samuel Robert Johnson (1891), Elizabeth Smith (1897), James Lilley (1901-1911) and William Kenyon (1930).

1851 Census

Preston Chronicle 10 August 1861

1861 Census

Lancaster Gazette 25 April 1863

The Pilkington family continued running the Inn well into the 1880's so in total were there is excess of 30 years.  James died in 1875 at the age of 65 yrs. and his son George then took over.

Preston Chronicle 24 August 1867

1871 Census

Preston Chronicle 27 April 1872

Picture source: Richard Richmond

1881 Census

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 17 December 1881

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 08 January 1884

1891 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 29 April 1891

Lancashire Evening Post 05 October 1892

Lancashire Evening Post 15 January 1897

1901 James Lilley

1911 Census

The 1911 census, which recorded William Lilley as the publican was the first record for 60 years that didn't show the premises as a farm as well as an Inn.

Bowlers on the Waggon & Horses Green c.1914

Lancashire Evening Post 06 February 1930

Lancashire Evening Post 15 July 1930

Lancashire Telegraph 30th Aug 2010 
Affordable homes on site of former Coppull pub

PEOPLE keen to get a foot on the property ladder now have the chance thanks to a new development with low cost homes. Eleven affordable homes have been built as part of a new housing estate called The Meadows on the site of the former Waggon and Horses pub in Chapel Lane, Coppull.
The two-bedroom houses are available for people to either rent or to buy, thanks to a partnership between Chorley Council and its social housing partners Chorley Community Housing (CCH) and Adactus Housing Group, and developer Arley Homes. Councillor Peter Malpas, who oversees housing at Chorley said: “It’s important that families and young people who want to live in their own home can afford to do so and we do everything we can to help them to get on the property ladder.” Seven of the new properties to rent have already been allocated to people from the Council’s housing waiting list.
The remaining four are being offered for sale by Adactus either through shared ownership or a new scheme called Rent to Homebuy.

Under demolition 2010

Now a small housing estate

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