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Horwich - King's Arms

Name: The King's Arms

Address: 226, Lee Lane, Horwich

The King's Arms is one of Horwich's long-forgotten taverns, having ceased to exist over a century ago.  It was located on Lee Lane opposite the old Post Office immediately next door to the Crown Inn; the buildings can be seen at that location on the maps shown below on this blog from 1845 onwards.


Listed landlords at the King's Arms were Thomas Isherwood (1869-72), Robert Elliott (1874-81) and James Meadows (1891-1901).

1869 Slater's Directory Thomas Isherwood

1871 Census -Thomas Isherwood

Two years after Thomas' death Robert Elliott was running the Inn confirmed by the marriage record below and subsequent 1881 census.

Marriage: 31 Aug 1874 Horwich Chapel, Horwich, Lancs.
Samuel Elliott - 24 Finisher Bachelor of Horwich 
Mary Fox - 28 Stitcher Spinster of Horwich 
    Groom's Father: Robert Elliott, Beer Seller
    Bride's Father: John Fox, Cloth Singer
    Witness: Thos Elliott; Sarah Fox
    Married by Banns by: H.S. Pigot, Vicar
    Register: Marriages 1854 - 1881, Page 170, Entry 339
    Source: LDS Film 2113122

1876 Post Office Directory - Robert Elliott

1881 Census Robert Elliott

1891 Census James Meadows

1901 Census James Meadows

The 1905 directory does not list the King's Arms and the previous landlord, James Meadows is recorded as a beer retailer at the Victoria Hotel on Chorley New Road, so I suspect the King's closed its doors for good between 1901 and 1904.

1905 Kelly's Directory Jas Meadows


Maps of the area as late as 1938 still show buildings next door to the Crown so I suspect it was demolished post WW2 and has now been replaced by the car park at the rear of the Crown.

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