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Heath Charnock - Bay Horse Inn

Name: The Bay Horse Inn

Address: Babylon Lane, Heath Charnock, Chorley


The Bay Horse Inn dates back to the early 1800's and possibly earlier than that, appearing alongside Turner's Smithy at the top of Babylon Lane on local maps from 1846 onwards.

The excerpt from the Standish Directory of 1824 shows the Dickinson family were resident at Turner's Smithy (bottom left) where Ralph Dickinson was recorded as a "fire brick maker". 



By the time of the 1841 census Ralph had passed away two years before but his widow Betty was still living with son James and the rest of the family at the Smithy.

Burial: 12 Apr 1839 Rivington Church, Rivington, Lancashire, England
Ralph Dickinson -Age: 74


Abode: Charnock
Buried by: J. Jackson
Register: Burials 1813 - 1873, Page 111, Entry 884
Source: LDS Film 1408887


The family were resident in Heath Charnock from the mid-late 1700's, James' baptism confirming this to be the case.

Baptism: 30 Oct 1789 St Laurence, Chorley, Lancashire, England
James Dickinson - Son of Ralph Dickinson & Elisabeth
Born: 7 Oct 1789
Abode: Heath Charnock
Register: Baptisms 1769 - 1797, Page 60, Entry 19
Source: LDS Film 93703


Listed landlords at the Inn were James Dickinson (1841), James Wood (1851), Mr Wilden (1854), Richard Fairbrother (1861), John Berry (1867), John Wordsworth (1871-72), John Duxbury (1872), Thomas Jones (1881), James Glover (1883), John Taylor (1891), George Pilkington (1901), Arthur James Mayoh (1911) and Graham Beeby (1975-86).

1841 Census

1851 Census

Bolton Chronicle 17 June 1854


1861 Census

Preston Chronicle 28 September 1867

1871 Census


Preston Chronicle 14 October 1871

The Bay Horse c.1880's

Chorley Guardian 11 May 1872

Preston Chronicle 29 December 1877

1881 Census

Preston Chronicle 08 January 1881

Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 07 April 1883

1891 Census

Preston Chronicle 02 January 1892



1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 20 November 1902


Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 19 June 1909

1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 13 December 1930

Lancashire Evening Post 16 June 1933

Chorley Guardian - Monday 08 December 2014 
Tributes have been paid to a former pub landlord who has died at the age of 79.
Graham Beeby ran the Bay Horse, on Babylon Lane, Heath Charnock, from 1975 to 1986.
He died on Wednesday of natural causes, leaving his wife of 60 years, Jean, three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Graham, of Bolton Road, Anderton, was born in Horwich and went into the Army’s catering corps from school. He was a master baker and later ran Beeby’s bakery and confectionary shop in Horwich, which he took over from his parents. He sold it in 1975 and fulfilled his dream to run a pub.
His son, Adrian, 44, said: “He always wanted a pub and he pestered and pestered my mum for a pub. They put their name down and were shown all these awful pubs and then they went to the Bay Horse. My dad said that was the one.”
Graham was involved in several bowling clubs at the pub and organised bowling parties, as well as outings.Customer and friend, Dave Brown, said: “He was a character, he was amusing, he had fun. He was the kind of landlord you don’t see many of nowadays.”
Graham was also a Freemason, joining the Rivington lodge in 1975 and becoming master of the lodge in 1987. He was involved in lodges in Westhoughton, Horwich and Chorley, and was instrumental in helping to rebuild Westhoughton Masonic Hall after a fire in the late 1980s.
Graham helped to raise money for charity and was a founder member of the Masonic Caravan Club.
Malcolm Warren, a fellow Freemason, said: “He was such an efficient, generous and well-respected member of the community.He will certainly be very much missed by all who knew him.”
Adrian, of The Hamlet, Heath Charnock added: “He was the kindest, gentlest, most caring man you could ever meet. If you wanted anything and he had it, he would let you have it.”

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