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Leyland - Railway Bridge Inn

Name: The Railway Bridge Inn

Address: 1, Preston Road, Leyland

Built in the early 1830s the Railway Bridge Inn, as it's name suggested was built alongside the railway the other side of the line from the station. Local businessmen, William Balshall and William Boardman built their new cotton mill alongside the lines to make the most of the improved links and it was reportedly William Boardman's brother, Edward Booardman who built the Railway Inn.

1844 Map

Listed landlords at the Inn were John Noble (1838-49), Hannah Noble (1849-51), Richard Parr (1855-61), John Carr (1869-71), Thomas Carr (1881), John Carr (1885), John W Sharp (1891), William Tomlinson (1901), Ann Pickburn (1911),  Robert Dearden (1917) and Danny and Alison Hindle (-2016).

1841 Census

1846 Directory

On Sale, the valuable and well-bred BOAR, "WONDERFUL," the property of Mr. Noble, Railway Bridge Inn, Leyland. He was bred by Mr. Hugh Swift, of Samlesbury, from his Prize Sow of the Small Breed.
16 October 1847 - Preston Chronicle

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries
 Saturday last, aged 72, Jane, wife of Mr. Henry Porter, farmer, Clifton. On Saturday last, Mr. John Noble, of the Railway Bridge Inn, Leyland, aged 43. On Thursday week, Jane Rugby, Prince's-street, aged 81.
05 May 1849 - Preston Chronicle

1851 Census

John Noble was dead by he time of the 1851 census leaving widow Hannah Noble running the Inn.  Not too long afterwards she remarried and the church's record confirms that she was brought up in the pub trade, her father being a publican.

Marriage: 20 Oct 1851 St Andrew, Leyland, Lancs.
John Occleston - Of full age, Railway Guard, Bachelor, Preston
Hannah Noble - Of full age, Widow, Leyland
    Groom's Father: John Occleston, Weaver
    Bride's Father: William Marsden, Publican
    Witness: Wm. King; Sarah King
    Married by Licence by: W. Fernyhough, Curate
    Register: Marriages 1850 - 1856, Page 67, Entry 133
    Source: Original register at Lancashire Archives

The following year saw the marriage of John and Hannah's daughter Isabella at St Andrew's.

Marriage: 10 Nov 1852 St Andrew, Leyland, Lancs.
John Stevenson - Of full age, Coachman, Bachelor, Leyland
Isabella Noble - Minor, Spinster, Leyland
    Groom's Father: John Stevenson, Farmer
    Bride's Father: John Noble, Innkeeper
    Witness: Thos. Noble; Martha Stevenson
    Married by Banns by: Jonth. Shortt, Curate
    Register: Marriages 1850 - 1856, Page 115, Entry 229
    Source: Original register at Lancashire Archives

1855 Slater's Directory


1858 Post Office Directory

1861 Census

1869 Slater's Directory

1871 Census

1881 Census

Instructed by the representatives of the Sell by Auction, at Mr. John Carr’s, the Railway Inn. Leyland on Thursday, the 28th day of May, 1885, at Four o’clock in the Afternoon punctually, that most desirable FREEHOLD RESIDENCE.
16 May 1885 - Preston Herald

1891 Census

Parading past the Railway Inn c.1910

1901 Census

1911 Census

1917 Barrett's Directory - Commercial and Railway Hotel

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