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Horwich - Original Bay Horse

Name: The Original Bay Horse

Address: 206, Lee Lane, Horwich

The postal address of the Original Bay Horse is now 206 Lee Lane but back in the 1800s this side of the road contained the odd numbers and it was listed at 147. It was during the 1880s that the postal system changed in the town. The Inn is known locally as the "Long Pull" but has also gone by the nickname, "The Flea Pit" and is said to date back to 1777.

Landlords for the Original Bay Horse were James Newton (1841), John Challender (1851-62), Thomas Darbyshire (1862-67), Ann Darbyshire (1867-71), Richard & Esther Crompton (-1873), Richard Hampson (1873-1904), Samuel Smith (1911-24) and John McGinlay (2014-).

1841 Census James Newton - Beer Seller

1851 Census John Challender Shoemaker

1861 Census John Challender Shoemaker and Beer Seller

Burial: 20 Jul 1862 Horwich Chapel, Horwich, Lancashire, England
John Challender - Age: 37?
    Abode: Horwich Buried by: H.S.Pigot, Incumbent
    Register: Burials 1853 - 1873, Page 135, Entry 1073

    Source: LDS Film 2113122

As can be seen from the burial record above, John Challender died in 1862, being buried in the Horwich Chapel and soon after the Darbyshires moved in.   

Marriage: 20 Aug 1868 Horwich Chapel, Horwich, Lancs.
William James Mason - 22 Clogger Bachelor of Horwich 
Hannah Darbyshire - 22 Spinster of Horwich 
    Groom's Father: William Mason, Farmer
    Bride's Father: Thomas Darbyshire, Beer Seller
    Witness: Adam Kay; Ellen Compton
    Married by Banns by: H.S. Pigot, Vicar
    Register: Marriages 1854 - 1881, Page 116, Entry 232
    Source: LDS Film 2113122

1869 Slater's Directory Ann Darbyshire

1871 Census Ann Derbyshire

In 1873 Richard and Esther Crompton moved from the Original Bay Horse to the Bay Horse up the road where Esther was to remain for 30 years or so. Sadly, she was left a widow after Richard's death, soon after their move in 1875.

1876-77 Post Office Directory Richard Hampson

1881 Census Richard Hampson


1891 Census Richard Hampson

1895 Slater's Directory Richard Hampson

1901 Census Richard Hampson

1911 Census Samuel Smith

1924 Kelly's Directory Samuel Smith

The Bolton News 4th September 2014

Bolton Wanderers legend John McGinlay takes over Horwich pub the Original Bay Horse
FANS who followed Bolton Wanderers legend John McGinlay from the terraces may get the privilege of quaffing a pint pulled by their hero next time they pop into their local.
The former Whites striker is the man at the helm of a McGinlay “dynasty” which has taken over the Original Bay Horse pub in Horwich and reopened it following a £100,000 refurbishment.
Helping to run the 240-year-old pub are McGinlay’s sons, John, aged 28, Michael, aged 26, Jamie aged 21, Craig, aged 20, and daughter Amie Lee, aged 17.
“It’s a team effort,” said the 50-year-old, who made 192 appearances for the Whites between 1992 and 1997, scoring 87 times, including the last goal to be scored at Burnden Park.
“The builders have done a fantastic job, turning it round in more or less three weeks. They have transformed the pub, making it a lot more welcoming, but keeping the historic character of the place.
“We picked the pub because it already had a lot of regular clients, but we thought we could enhance it. It’s a proper pub, and there’s not many of them left.
“In the past I think it was really a men’s pub, but we want to make it appealing to couples.”
And it was the family factor which prompted Super John to embark on the venture after his recent stint working under Owen Coyle at Wigan Athletic with 12 scouts under his command.
“Being able to run it with my family was the main factor,” he said. “My boys have worked in the trade and it helps me because I can’t be here all the time.
“They’ve appointed me as head cleaner!”
The Whites legend, who is currently a radio pundit at Wanderers matches, still harbours ambitions to work in football again.
He added: “I know that if I need to go away for football reasons, the pub is in good hands. As an ex-player you miss the day to day contact with football.
“I enjoy going to games and looking at up and coming players. At Wigan, I had 12 scouts working for me. When you find yourself out of a job, it makes you more hungry to get back in.”
He came back to the region two years ago after returning from nine years’ coaching in Cincinnati in the USA. “When people ask ‘where do you come from’ I always say Bolton,” said the Inverness-born former Scotland international.
“When we decided to return from America and we said we were going home, it was always going to be Bolton.
“All my kids went to Rivington and Blackrod School and there’s no other place we would want to be.”

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