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Leyland - Earnshaw Bridge Inn

Name: The Earnshaw Bridge Inn aka Leyland Tiger

Address: 29, Leyland Lane, Leyland

Originally built as the Earnshaw Bridge Inn in the 1860s the public house first appeared in the 1871 Census as a 19th century alehouse or beer house rather than a hotel.  Early census records from 1841 to 1861 record properties at Earnshaw Bridge but those in residence are recorded as farmers with no mention of an Inn.

1844 Map of Earnshaw Bridge

First reference to a beer house is recorded on the 1864 press article below when a Thomas Day is recorded as the landlord of the beer house applying, unsuccessfully for a full licence. Listed landlords were Thomas Day (1864-67), Margaret Day (1867-69), Samuel Yates (1871-1881), James Sutton (1884-1911), John Wignall (1911-17) and Robert & Mary Singleton (1937).

Thomas Day, of Earnshaw Bridge Inn, near Leyland, appealed against the decision of T. B. Crosse, Esq., and others, in refusing to grant him a license.
29 October 1864 - Preston Herald 

1869 Slater's Directory

More detailed history of the Inn can be found on the link above to the Leyland Historical Society website.

1871 Census Samuel Yates

VALUABLE FREEHOLD FARMS in Leyland, Lancashire
To by Sold by Auction, by Mr. J. B. JONES, at the Earnshaw Bridge Inn, Earnshaw Bridge, Leyland, on Monday, the 18th day of September, 1876, at Three o'clock in the Afternoon.
16 September 1876 - Blackburn Standard 

...on returning the Chairman intimated that they refused all the other applications.—Samuel Yates, of the Earnshaw Bridge Inn beer house, Leyland, applied, through Mr, Forshaw, for spirit licence to that house, and put in an influentially signed application... 

24 August 1877 - Wigan Observer and District Advertiser

Samuel Yates applied again in 1880 and was again refused a spirit licence.

1881 Census Samuel Yates

Following the earlier application for a full liquor licence the Earnshaw Bridge was successful in 1884 and thereafter was a public house.

Liquors to be drank or consumed either on or off the premises thereunto belonging, the house known by the sign the Earnshaw Bridge Inn, and situate at Earnshaw Bridge, in the Township aforesaid, and rented from John Forshaw, of Preston, in the said County of Lancashire.
23 August 1884 - Preston Herald

The pub later became "The Leyland Tiger" following the development of that particular Leyland Motors' vehicle and remained so for many years

The Leyland Tiger, also known as the B43, was a mid-engined bus and coach chassis manufactured by Leyland between 1981 and 1992. This name had previously been used for a front-engined bus built between 1927 and 1968. It replaced the Leyland Leopard, which had been in production for over 20 years.

On Wednesday, Mr Samuel Parker offered for sale at the Earnshaw Bridge Inn, in three lots, Cock Robin Farm, in the occupation of Mr. Jon. Bennett: three cottages, in one lot, fronting the highway. 
11 June 1887 - Preston Herald

Like many Inns in the 19th century the Earnshaw Bridge was used as a local meeting pace and auction house as evidenced in the press article above.

A return bowling match was played on Saturday afternoon Iast, at the Earnshaw Bridge Inn ground, between Mr. Whalley’s team and that of Mr. Bannister, and resulted in a victory for the Whalley.
17 August 1887 - Preston Herald

1891 Census James Sutton

At the Earnshaw Bridge Inn he bought a pony from Mr. Sutton, the landlord, paying him with the other cheque, and he invited him to drive with him...
17 June 1893 - Lancaster Gazette

Marriage records around this time confirm James Sutton was still at the Inn.

Marriage: 25 Aug 1894 St Andrew, Leyland, Lancs.
Joseph Sutton - 21, Scutcher, Bachelor, Leyland S James
Elizabeth Alice Catterall - 21, Spinster, Leyland
    Groom's Father: James Sutton, Inn Keeper
    Bride's Father: Jonathan Catterall, Weaver
    Witness: William Sutton; Sarah Ann Melling
    Married by Banns by: Edwin G Marshall Curate
    Register: Marriages 1875 - 1895, Page 238, Entry 476
    Source: LDS Film 1470827

Marriage: 13 Jul 1895 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
William Sutton - 21 Weaver Bachelor of St. James Leyland 
Annie Gore - 21 Spinster of St. James, Leyland 
    Groom's Parents: James Sutton, Publican
    Bride's Parents: Thomas Gore, Clamper
    Witness: Fred Warburton; Elizabeth Heaton
    Married by Banns by: Robt. Gardiner off. Min.
    Notes: [Groom signed] Wm. Sutton
    Register: Marriages 1855 - 1901, Page 190, Entry 379
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

1901 Census James Henry Sutton

1909 Map showing the Inn at the crossroads of Leyland Lane
 and Golden Hill Lane denoted by the mark "B.H.".

1911 Census James Sutton

The annual general meeting of the above Society was held at the Earnshaw Bridge Inn on Saturday, when the Secretary (Mr. Alex. Parkinson) read a statement of accounts for the past year.
18 January 1913 - Preston Herald

1917 Barrett's Directory

 On the 10th inst. at Preston Royal Infirmary. ROBERT, beloved husband of MARY SINGLETON Earnshaw Bridge Inn. Leyland, aged 51 years. Interment Croston Parish Church. Tuesday. 14th Inst, 4 pm.
11 December 1937 - Lancashire Evening Post

Situated at the corner of Golden Hill Lane and Leyland Lane it closed briefly in the late 1980's and reopened as the Hippodrome. By the time of it's closure in 1995, it was back to the Leyland Tiger. The pub stood empty for several years before being demolished around 2000 and flats built on the site.

Licensees’ Request Refused at Leyland on behalf of Albert Yates, Queen's Hotel, Leyland and James Norburn, Earnshaw Bridge Inn.
09 May 1938 - Lancashire Evening Post

Site of the Earnshaw Bridge Inn 2017

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