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Leyland - Old Original Seven Stars

Name: The Old Original Seven Stars

Address: 2, Slater Lane, Leyland





I am grateful for the historical background provided by the Leyland Historical Society Website where further details of other local pubs can also be found.

Old Original Seven Stars
The public house with a Datestone of "I.I.A. 1686" arranged in the form of a triangle, the top initial being the surname, while the other two initials being the Christian names of the husband and wife in residence. The first instance recorded of its use as a public house only occurs in the Census of 1871. This public house was the last to brew its own beer, with horse stables at the rear.
Between the public house and the mill where the row of shops are now situated was the site of the six old alms houses built in 1691, before being pulled down and rebuilt in Fox Lane by Misses Susan Maria and Mary Farington in 1849. Along the side of these houses was the village pump.

This public house is one of the oldest and longest running in Leyland under its original name. Originally a beer house rather than a fully licensed public house tracing the occupants back is slightly more difficult as those running the Seven Stars were listed by occupation only e.g. "Retailer of Beer" or "Beer Seller".

The first record I can find of the pub is on the 1851 census when a John Taylor from Leyland was the landlord. Earlier historical directories have no record of the premises although the 1824 Baines directory below records a Rt (Robert) Taylor at the "New Inn".  It is possible that Robert was the father of John or another relative and the premises operated for a time as the New Inn but I cannot confirm this at this time.

Annotated Map of the Seven Stars Area


Listed landlords at the Old Original Seven Stars were John Taylor (1851), Thomas Heywood (1854-58), Margaret Heywood (1858-1861), James Cross (1867-1891), Alexander Parkinson (1894-1901) and William Cross (1911-17).

1851 Census


1855 Directory - Thomas Haywood (Heywood)


1858 Post Office Directory Thomas Heywood


The following press article covering Thomas Heywood's death in 1858 provides some key information: -

Death Notices
On Wednesday last, Mr. Thomas Heywood, of the Seven Stars Inn, Leyland Lane 
aged 51 years.
24 April 1858 - Preston Chronicle

By giving Thomas' location on Leyland Lane this may suggest that he and Margaret ran the Seven Stars Hotel but it is now clear that they ran the Old Original Seven Stars nearby on Slater Lane and following Thomas' death Margaret eventually moved to Towngate some time after the 1861 census where she then opened the Seven Stars Tavern.

1861 Census



Marriage: 28 May 1867 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
James Cross - 23, Farmer, Bachelor, Leyland Moss
Alice Catterall - 19, Spinster, Ulnes Walton
    Groom's Father: Hugh Cross, Deceased
    Bride's Father: William Catterall, Farmer
    Witness: Henry Dandy; Richard Catterall
    Married by Banns by: O. Fynes Clinton
    Register: Marriages 1855 - 1901, Page 60, Entry 119
    Source: LDS Film 1526058


Soon after James Cross married at St James' in Leyland he and Alice would have taken over the Seven Stars where they remained for well over 20 years.

1869 Directory Margaret Heywood

1871 Census


Baptism: 26 Nov 1871 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Margaret Cross - [Child] of James Cross & Alice
    Abode: Seven Stars
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: O. Fynes - Clinton
    Register: Baptisms 1855 - 1900, Page 42, Entry 336
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

Baptism: 17 Aug 1873 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Margaret Cross - [Child] of James Cross & Alice
    Abode: Seven Stars Inn
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: O. Fynes - Clinton
    Register: Baptisms 1855 - 1900, Page 49, Entry 385
    Source: LDS Film 1526058


Baptism: 28 Mar 1875 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England
Ellen Cross - [Child] of James Cross & Alice
    Abode: Leyland St. James
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: J. Watts Wilkinson
    Register: Baptisms 1855 - 1900, Page 55, Entry 434
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

Baptism: 25 Feb 1877 St James, Leyland, Lancashire, England

Martha Cross - [Child] of James Cross & Alice
    Abode: Leyland St. James
    Occupation: Inn Keeper
    Baptised by: J. Watts Wilkinson
    Register: Baptisms 1855 - 1900, Page 64, Entry 510
    Source: LDS Film 1526058

1881 Census



1891 Census


Marriage: 27 Jun 1894 St Andrew, Leyland, Lancs.
Thomas Banister - 28, Maker up at Bleach Works, Bachelor, Leyland S James
Isabella Parkinson - 23, Spinster, Leyland
    Groom's Father: Hugh Banister, Draper
    Bride's Father: Alexander Parkinson, Inn Keeper
    Witness: Henry Parkinson; Elizabeth Banister
    Married by Banns by: Edwin G Marshall Curate
    Register: Marriages 1875 - 1895, Page 235, Entry 470
    Source: LDS Film 1470827


1901 Census



1911 Census

ON SALE, seven PIGS, 4 months old, V. White Yorkshires; cheap for quick removal; room wanted.—Apply. Arthur Cross. Seven Stars, Leyland.
14 January 1916 - Lancashire Evening Post 


Arthur was the son of landlord William Cross who was recorded the following year on the directory below as still running the beer house.

1917 Barrett's Directory

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