Address: Bentley Lane, Wrightington
The Black Horse was located to the south east of Mawdesley on Bentley Lane in Wrightington in the Three Post Green area. It is a private residence today called "Black Horse Cottage", as shown above but operated as a hotel/Inn in the early to mid-1800s.
|Map from the 1840s|
Road names varied over the decades on the census returns below although for a long time it was the adjacent property to the church on the enumerator's route so easily identifiable. The name Black Horse would have been linked to the rural location and farming in the area.
Listed landlords and beer sellers at the Black Horse were Thomas Bentham (1851), Humphrey Foy (1861) and Johnson Solloway (1867).
|1851 Census Thomas Bentham|
Ten years later in 1861 the census enumerator does not record the name of the Black Horse but a Humphrey Foy is shown as a beer seller at Anderson's Mill. There were numerous properties in the area of the Anderson Windmill (including the Black Horse) that were predominantly occupied by farm labourers and their families whose location is referred to as Anderson's Mill, so I suspect that Humphrey Foy was resident in the Black Horse at this time.
|1861 Census Humphrey Foy|
Johnson Solloway, a local man from Eccleston took over the pub sometime in the 1860's but following the death of his wife Lucy in 1867 he moved back to Eccleston where he is shown on later censuses working as a grocer.
Burial: 4 Sep 1867 St James the Great, Wrightington, Lancashire, England
Lucy Solloway - Wife of Johnson Solloway Age: 58 Years
Abode: Black Horse Inn Wrightington
Buried by: J. Johnson
Register: Burials 1857 - 1926, Page 16, Entry 125
Source: LDS Film 1849640
There is no trace of the Black Horse on census records or maps after Johnson Solloway's departure although it is referred to in the census summary in the 1871 and 1891 census records but probably just as a well-known local landmark as the Inn seems to have been closed by this time.
Looking at a map c.1894 below the building is still clearly marked but there is no mention of an Inn and it seems to have closed its doors for good and reverted to farming.
|1871 Census Description|
|1891 Census Description|