Address: Smithy Lane, Mawdesley
|Thomas & Margaret Cowley c.1900's presumably with two |
of their grandchildren stood outside
The Jolly Farmer pub was built in 1770 and was the home of the Cowley family from the 1850's until very recently. The original landlord is not known to me but Thomas Cowley was a farmer and beer house keeper and lived there from sometime in the 1850's until his death in 1912 and descendants continued to own the property until at least 2010 when a Richard Cowley is named on a planning application made to Chorley Borough Council for change of use.
|Date Stone on the Willows|
The first mention I can find of Thomas Cowley associated with the Inn in the press cutting below when he was victorious in a pigeon match. Hugh Ainscough was undoubtedly the owner of the property and not the landlord. as the Ainscoughs were wealthy landowners thereabouts and Thomas went on to marry into the family (see below).
|Preston Chronicle 12 June 1852|
Thomas Cowley married Margaret Ainscough in 1854 and presumably moved into the Willows shortly afterwards. The nearest property to the Willows is Lane Ends Farm and this belonged to the Finch family who were one of the main landowners in the area and were also related to the Cowleys through the marriage of Thomas Cowley (Uncle) and Margaret Finch in 1821 at St Peter and St Paul, Ormskirk.
|1912 Probate record of Thomas Cowley|