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Red Lion

Name: The Red Lion Hotel

Address: 8, Market Street, Chorley



The Red Lion Hotel was one of Chorley's earliest Inns and was an important coaching inn during the 1800's





The Red Lion was first listed in the 1793 Directory and the landlords were John Smith (1793), William Sansom (1818-61), John Eccles (1871), Mary Eccles (1872-74), William Sharples (1881), John Thompson (1882), T H Tomlinson (1889), William Alston (1891), Joseph Bailey (1901-11), Mr. Wolstencroft (1917), Arthur Blow (1921) and Herbert Greenough (1936).


1841 Census

Preston Chronicle 24 October 1846

1851 Census

Preston Chronicle 05 August 1854



1861 Census

Staffordshire Advertiser 08 February 1862



1871 Census

The New Town Hall and Red Lion back right c.1880's

1881 Census

Plans for the Red Lion

1891 Census


The Red Lion was a hostelry much used by societies for culture and politics in the 19th century.

1901 Census

Painting of the Red Lion and Town Hall reproduced from the photo above
 by George Horsfield‎ posted in Facebook Chorley Then & Now 2016

1911 Census


Lancashire Evening Post 07 May 1917

The Red Lion is no longer standing today but in its place is another pub, the White Hart (see later).  The pictures below shows the top of Market Street how it was before the road was widened and the original Royal Oak demolished c.1937 and how it is today.

c.1900s

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