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Horwich - Union Street Tavern

Name: The Union Street Tavern

Address: Union Street, Horwich

Originally known as Union Street (now the shortest street in Horwich), this row of cottages began near to the junction with Cooper Street and continued to the bottom of Brownlow Road. The present row of shops was built in front of the old cottages in 1886. The gable of these old cottages can still be seen with the inscription 1824 on a cornerstone. 

1845 Map
The following marriage record confirms the existence of a tavern on Union Street confirming William Holt's occupation, who lived on the row in the 1860s and '70s: -

Marriage: 13 Sep 1870 Horwich Chapel, Horwich, Lancs.
Peter Holt - 19 Packer Bachelor of Horwich 
Alice Jackson - 19 Spinster of Horwich 
    Groom's Father: William Holt, Inn Keeper
    Bride's Father: John Jackson, Mechanic
    Witness: George James Jackson; Mary Jackson
    Married by Licence by: H.S. Pigot, Vicar
    Register: Marriages 1854 - 1881, Page 132, Entry 263
    Source: LDS Film 2113122

1861 Census

William Holt was the landlord but was listed as a cotton weaver on the census records, as this was probably his main source of income. It's interesting then that he chose to record his occupation as Innkeeper on the marriage certificate possibly trying to suggest a higher standing in the community.

1871 Census

1907 Map

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