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Leyland - Black Bull

Name: The Black Bull Inn

Address: School Lane, Leyland





The Black Bull opened some time in the early 1850s and was in business for over 150 years before it was finally closed in 2015.  This was a beer house and not a public house so not licensed to sell wines or spirits in the 1800s. It has now been demolished to make way for new development.

1854 Mannex Directory


Listed landlords at the Black Bull were William Critchley (1854-88), John Critchley (1888-91), Henry Glover (1901), George Glover (1911) and Ann Glover (1917).

1908 Map

1858 Post Office Directory

Baptism: 4 Feb 1860 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Mary Ann Critchley - [Child] of William Critchley & Ellen
    Abode: Leyland Moss Side
    Occupation: Publican
    Baptised by: Robt. M. Master
    Register: Baptisms 1855 - 1900, Page 12, Entry 90
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

1861 Census


1869 Directory

1871 Census


1881 Census


Marriage: 2 Sep 1885 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
James Fowler - of Full Age Cattle Dealer Bachelor of Leyland 
Mary Ann Critchley - of Full Age Spinster of Leyland S. James 
    Groom's Parents: Henry Fowler, Farmer
    Bride's Parents: William Critchley, Publican
    Witness: John Critchley; Isabella Silcock
    Married by Licence by: J. Watts Wilkinson
    Register: Marriages 1855 - 1901, Page 143, Entry 286
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

Marriage: 2 Sep 1886 St Andrew, Leyland, Lancs.
John Critchley - 35, Auctioner, Bachelor, St James Leyland
Jane Heywood - 35, Spinster, Earnshaw Bridge
    Groom's Father: William Critchley, Inn Keeper
    Bride's Father: William Heywood, Farmer
    Witness: James Fowler; Elizabeth Heywood
    Married by Licence by: W. Stuart White Curate
    Register: Marriages 1875 - 1895, Page 132, Entry 263
    Source: LDS Film 1470827

1891 Census

Marriage: 20 Jun 1895 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Joseph Entwistle - 33 Farmer Widower of Brindle 
Mary Ann Fowler - 35 Widow of S. James Leyland 
    Groom's Parents: William Ireland, Farmer
    Bride's Parents: William Critchley, Inn Keeper
    Witness: Thomas Stott; Elizabeth Ireland
    Married by Banns by: J. Watts Wilkinson
    Register: Marriages 1855 - 1901, Page 189, Entry 378

    Source: LDS Film 1526058

Courtesy of Leyland Historical Society

1901 Census


1911 Census


1917 Barrett's Directory



Nine new homes planned for site of bulldozed pub Black Bull, Leyland 
Published: 16:57 Tuesday 22 December 2015 
Planning councillors will decide in the new year if the site of a once popular pub can be transformed into nine new homes. The Black Bull Inn, School Lane, Moss Side, has now been demolished. An application has been submitted by Southport-based Hobwood Limited for one three-bedroomed dormer bungalow and eight four-bedroomed houses and 18 car parking spaces. Councillor Michael Green, ward councillor, said the loss of the closed down pub “from a local perspective is sad in some ways”. He added: “The Black Bull was always known as a local landmark. People would refer to it as ‘turn left at the Black Bull and get off the bus at the Black Bull’. But unfortunately the pub had its problems. It had a series of landlords and was no longer trading as a pub. “An application to knock it down was submitted. We’re looking at the application for the new housing. I’ve had some views from members of the community and issues referred to me. Some people are not happy with it being nine houses - they think six or seven would be better. They’re concerned about the impact on the street scene and sight lines. Where the pub was on School Lane where it meets Dunkirk Lane, the sight lines there are never particularly good. The pub was on the very edge of the road.” Councillor Green continued; “There used to be a bus shelter there that’s been removed. People are asking for that to be reinstated. “The developer has been going round speaking to people and he has spoken to me as well, which is helpful, because it puts us in the picture. A small development in keeping in the area could give some benefits, together with the better sight lines and a bus shelter. He continued: “If anybody does have any views they can attend the planning committee and speak. Or they can approach me or write in to the council.” James Tattersall, MD of Hobwood Developments, said: “We were advised it could be eleven developments, so we’ve already reduced it. I’ve been round to all the neighbours near the bus stop and they say they don’t want a shelter because it was a congregating point for young people making a nuisance. “I haven’t had any negative comments and I think it’s been appreciated I’ve been round. “We’ve made some changes to the plans and met planning officers beforehand to discuss an alterations because we want it to be an appropriate development and as such as we can have the support of the local community.” He added that improvements would made to the sight lines, with hedge and tree planting.

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