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Rose and Crown

Name: The Rose and Crown aka Thatched House Tavern

Address: 15, Saint Thomas's Road, Chorley

The Rose & Crown first appeared in Chorley Directory records in 1811 and since that time has been known as either the Thatched House Tavern or the Rose & Crown.  The earliest record showed the Innkeeper to be a Lawrence Jackson but by 1835 and for the next few decades it was run by Richard Wilson, a Whittle-le-Woods man and his wife Nancy who hailed from Anderton. Richard remained at the Rose & Crown until the late 1870s when it was briefly in the hands of an Elizabeth Hartley before Thomas Rigby from Wheelton took over.  

1835 Poll Book and Electoral Register Excerpt for Chorley
Thomas was a grocer’s assistant and licensed victualler but had moved on by the 1891 census when another lady was in charge, Alice Walker. Alice was a widower, a Chorley lass and 65 years of age at the time of the census; 20 years previously she was running the Gillibrand Arms at 20, Market Street with husband William. In 1896 Samuel Heath was the licensee having previously run the Robin Hood on Clifford Street but he had moved on by 1901 and was running the Clarence Hotel in the town centre.

By 1901 Peter Crook from Salmesbury had taken over, John Hargreaves was there in 1904 and again more change by 1911 when Sarah Brooks from Shropshire was the Hotel Proprietor. In 1933 Mr. & Mrs. A Beesley were the proprietors.

1841 Census

Preston Chronicle 20 February 1847

1851 Census

1988 from Alan Winfield

1861 Census

1871 Census

1881 Census

1891 Census

Blackburn Standard 19 December 1896

Lancashire Evening Post 17 May 1900

1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 08 March 1901

1911 Census

From 2008 to July 2018 the Rose and Crown was run by Danielle Smith and her mother Andrea Smith.

Danielle and Andrea Smith July 2018


  1. In 1939 the licensee was James Bentham, whose grandfather Thomas had run the Black Horse at Wrightington and the Brook House/Windmill Inn at Heskin.

  2. On 17 August 1904, when Margaret Ann Hargraves marries at St. Laurence's, she gives her age as 18, address as the Rose & Crown and her father as John Hargraves, Licensed Victualler. Because she gives no trade it's not certain that John was licensee, but it seems likely.