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Mawdesley - Eagle & Child

Name: Eagle & Child

Address: Malt Kiln Lane, Bispham Green, Mawdesley



There has probably been a hostelry on the site of the Eagle and Child since at least the early 18th century with a brewery and maltkiln (Maltkiln Lane) on the site of the car park. As part of the Derby estate (the Eagle & Child is the Derby crest) it was much improved in the 1820’s with the building of the adjacent barn and the stables attached to the main pub. The pub was operated by Threlfalls in Liverpool and the freehold of the pub and surrounding land was purchased by them from the Derby estate. 

Threlfall's Brewery Company had breweries in Liverpool and Salford. The company was active between 1861 and 1967. John Mayor Threlfall bought the Lupton and Adamthwaite Brewery in 1861. The company was registered in Liverpool in 1888. In around 1895, Threlfall's bought the Blue Lion public house on Cook Street in Salford and built the Cook Street Brewery. The company took over Chester's in 1961 and Threlfall's operated the Cook Street site as Chesters and Threlfalls Brewery, while Threlfalls continued to brew in its Liverpool brewery. The Threlfall's group included West Cheshire Brewery, Birkenhead Brewery and Mackies off licences. Whitbread took over the group including the Moorhouse's soft drinks company in 1967 and the Salford site became surplus to requirements in 1999. Whitbread closed the company's head office, brewery and bottling plant in Trueman Street Liverpool in the early 1980s. In 1967 Threlfall's was the eighth largest brewery in the United Kingdom, and the largest in North West England and after the takeover, Whitbread a predominantly southern based business, became the second largest brewery business in the United Kingdom.

It had been significantly modernized by them in the early 1950’s – possibly on acquisition of the freehold. (excerpt from the pub's own website and ww.triposo.com - for more see the link below)

1845 Map of Bispham Green showing
the Eagle & Child and Farmer's Arms

The Eagle & Child was very much the home of the Harrison family in the 1800's who also farmed the land although more recently there have probably been more frequent changes behind the bar.

Listed landlords from census records are Henry Fazackerley (1808-36), John Clayton (1841), John Harrison Snr (1848-76), Elizabeth Harrison (1876-87), John Harrison Jnr (1887-1901) and John & Job Harrison (1911).


Baptism: 15 Jun 1808 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Henry Fazakerley - Son of Henry Fazakerley & Betty
    Born: 23 May 1808
    Abode: Bispham
    Occupation: Innkeeper
    Register: Baptisms 1792 - 1812, Page 123, Entry 8
    Source: LDS Film 93712


Lancaster Gazette 10 December 1814

In 1825 Henry's wife Elizabeth (Betty) died aged 44 years and was buried in nearby St Michael and All Saints, Croston.  Seven years later saw Henry marry once more: -

Marriage: 24 Jan 1832 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Henry Fazakerly - Inn Keeper, Widower, This Parish
Ann Crook - Widow, Chorley
    Witness: John Whittle; Lauce. Farington
    Married by License by: S. Mossop Curate
    Register: Marriages 1825 - 1833, Page 61, Entry 183
    Source: LDS Film 93713

When he died in 1836 Henry had been the Innkeeper at the Eagle & Child for at least 28 years.


Burial: 10 Mar 1836 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Henry Fazakerley - 
Age: 58 years
    Abode: Bispham
    Buried by: S Mossop Curate
    Register: Burials 1833 - 1869, Page 32, Entry 253
    Source: LDS Film 1517651

1841 Census

Preston Chronicle 08 July 1848

1851 Census

The first parish record for the baptism of John Harrison Jnr confirms the dual occupation of John Harrison.

Baptism: 7 Aug 1853 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
John Harrison - son of John Harrison & Elizabeth
    Born: 7 Jul 1853
    Abode: Bispham
    Occupation: Landlord and Farmer
    Baptised by: Martin Twiss Incumbent
    Register: Baptisms 1840 - 1921, Page 363, Entry 2899
    Source: LDS Film 1526409

Drawing by James Anderton of Mawdesley

1861 Census

Preston Chronicle 09 January 1864



Lancaster Gazette 09 January 1864

Ormskirk Advertiser 23 January 1868

1871 Census



Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 08 April 1876

John Harrison Probate 1876

Burial: 28 Mar 1876 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
John Harrison - Age: 61 years
    Abode: Bispham
    Buried by: Martin Twiss Rector
    Register: Burials 1841 - 1925, Page 73, Entry 584
    Source: LDS Film1849640

1881 Census

Elizabeth Harrison Probate 1887

Burial: 11 Nov 1887 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
Elizabeth Harrison - Age: 71 years
    Abode: Bispham
    Buried by: Martin Twiss Rector
    Register: Burials 1841 - 1925, Page 105, Entry 833
    Source: LDS Film1849640

1891 Census

The 1891 census records siblings John, Job and Mary at the Inn and all are recorded with the occupation, "Licensed Victualler".  The eldest son went on to take charge, probably following his wedding later that year to local lass Ann Disley.

Marriage: 12 Aug 1891 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
John Harrison - full age, Innkeeper, Bachelor, Bispham
Ann Disley - full age, Spinster, Mawdesley
    Groom's Father: John Harrison, deceased, Innkeeper
    Bride's Father: William Disley, Farmer
    Witness: Herbert Edgar; Jane Disley
    Married by License by: J. T. Wilson Vicar of W Rightington
    Register: Marriages 1843 - 1919, Page 153, Entry 306
    Source: LDS Film 1526409 


1901 Census


1911 Census

I have included the census records for both Job and John Harrison from the 1911 census records as both are listed at the Inn and were running the business together.  The two marriage records for Job below show that his main occupation was a farmer whilst his brother John was probably the licensee.

Marriage: 25 Dec 1902 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
Job Harrison - 44, Farmer, Bachelor, Eagle & Child, Bispham
Louisa Bolton - 24, Spinster, Eagle & Child, Bispham
    Groom's Father: John Harrison, deceased, Publican
    Witness: William Harrison; Mary Forshaw
    Married by Licence by: Edmund Thomason
    Register: Marriages 1843 - 1919, Page 192, Entry 384
    Source: Original register at Lancashire Archives

Marriage: 15 Dec 1909 St Peter, Mawdesley with Bispham, Lancashire, England
Job Harrison - 51, Farmer, Widower, Bispham Green
Jennie McMiken - 38, Spinster, Bispham Green
    Groom's Father: John Harrison, deceased, Publican
    Bride's Father: Alexander McMiken, deceased, Farmer
    Witness: Abel Gaskell Harrison; Elizabeth Harrison
    Married by Licence by: Edmund Thomason Rector
    Notes: [marriage registered with Bride's name as Jeannie McMicken]
    Register: Marriages 1843 - 1919, Page 215, Entry 429
    Source: Original register at Lancashire Archives

1911 Census

Ormskirk Advertiser 04 July 1940


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