Address: Chorley Road, Bispham Green, Mawdesley
The Farmer's Arms has been a part of village life in Bispham Green for around 200 years and was indeed a farmer's house as its name suggests. The earliest landlord I can find was Thomas Lang in 1841 who is shown as an Innkeeper living with his wife Amelia. They had only married a few years before and the parish record below confirms his occupation as a farmer.
Marriage: 16 Jul 1838 St Michael and All Angels, Croston, Lancashire, England
Thomas Lang - (X), of full age, Farmer, Bachelor, Bispham
Amelia Christopher - of full age, Spinster, Bispham
Groom's Father: John Lang, Farmer
Bride's Father: Thomas Christopher
Witness: Thomas Eccles; Lawce. Farington
Married by Banns by: Rob W King, Curate
Register: Marriages 1837 - 1878, Page 9, Entry 17
Source: LDS Film 93715
By 1841 Thomas' father John had died and his mother Margaret and siblings were living next door at Nelson's Farm. It's unclear from the census record if the Inn was called the Farmer's Arms at this stage but it was originally a working farm called Tunstall's.
|Bispham in 1845 showing the Farmer's Arms|
and Eagle and Child
Listed landlords at the Farmer's after Thomas Lang are recorded as John Thomas (1851), Sarah Thomas (1861), William Brierley (1871), Ellen Leigh (1881), Alice Leigh (1891), Charles & Alice Richardson (1901) and Alice Richardson (1911).
The pub was located next door to the Bispham Free Grammar School and it seems only fitting that the landlady's daughter, Alice Leigh married the schoolmaster in 1894 and together they later continued running the business.
Marriage: 24 Sep 1894 St John, Preston, Lancashire, England
Charles Richardson - 44, Schoolmaster, Bachelor, Avenham Rd.
Alice Leigh - 34, Spinster, Bishpam in the Parish of Mawdesley
Groom's Father: the late Robert Richardson, House Painter
Bride's Father: the late Thomas Leigh, Hotel Keeper
Witness: M. S. Hunter; Ada Leigh
Married by Licence by: E. E. Goold-Adams, Curate
Register: Marriages 1877 - 1902, Page 190, Entry 379
Source: LDS Film 94000
|Drawing of the Farmer's Arms|
by James Anderton