Address: Washpool Gate, Horwich
In the 1840s there were a number of families living at Washpool; Isaac Hart, a collier living with his wife Margaret and son Joseph pictured on the census record below were one of them.
|1845 Map - Old Harts off Chorley New Road|
Interestingly, ten years earlier John Hart had been living at the Oak with his wife Betty Hart nee Bromilow, next door to her brother Peers Bromilow who was running a "Beer Shop" on Lostock Lane; Peers later became the landlord of the Beer Hive Inn on Chorley New Road and John and Betty's son Joseph went on to run the Horseshoe Inn in nearby Westhoughton.
The Oak Inn later became the Royal Oak and then Barnstormers, which it is today, located amongst significant business developments near Middlebrook.
|1841 Census Peers Bromilow|
I digress slightly, but need to mention that the "Beer Shop" on Lostock Lane later became known as the Bromilow Arms Hotel...these days it is a residential property known as "Brogen Court".
The hotel was delicensed in 2012 having previously been a Punch Taverns and a Tetley pub. Back to the Seven Stars...
It is only on the 1871 census that the Seven Stars is listed as a beer house with Isaac Hart Jnr living there with his wife Sarah and two children...like his father, his occupation was a coal miner.
After 1881 there is no further trace of the Harts or the Seven Stars at Washpool.