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Royal Oak Hotel

Name: The Royal Oak

Address: 17, Market Street, Chorley

The Original Royal Oak Hotel
The Royal Oak Hotel was one of the oldest coaching inns in Chorley and records show it was in existence in the late 1700's. The below press cutting shows the bankruptcy of one John Lunt of the Royal Oak back in 1797.

Chester Chronicle 24 February 1797

Subsequent landlords at the Inn were John Richardson (1811), William Darling (1814),John Sharples (1818), Peter Eastwood (1822-24), John Salt (1835-39), Mary Salt (1841), Michael King (1851), Mary Litherland (1861), James Entwistle (1871-74), Samuel Elsworth (1881-82), Mrs Sarah A Shuttleworth (1889), Susannah White (1891), John Harrison (1901), Jonathan Dewhurst (1911), Margaret R Jenkinson (1936), Andrew Aston (1970-77) and David Mallalieu (1977-80).

Manchester Mercury 18 June 1811

Manchester Mercury 25 June 1811

Commercial Directory of Chorley's Inns 1818-20

1841 Census

1851 Census

Leicester Journal 04 June 1852

Preston Chronicle 19 April 1856

1861 Census

Rear of the original hotel in the 1920's

1871 Census

1881 Census

1891 Census

1901 Census

The Royal Oak and White Horse Inn - top of Market Street c.1900

1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 28 October 1937

c.1936 Demolition of the Original Royal Oak from Market Street

Lancashire Evening Post 02 November 1937

Lancashire Post Friday 08 June 2018 
The former market town pub is in the first stages of being demolished to make way for parking spaces. Has work started yet on demolishing the Royal Oak? It might not be obvious but, yes, it has begun and the roof has been taken off, although the actual building is yet to be taken down. When will it be done? Work to demolish the vacant Oak House building is on track with a new car park to be in place by the end of July. It was due to be opening this month but workmen had found more asbestos in the building. Preparations for the demolition started after Easter. Chorley Council is undertaking the work ahead of its work building the Market Walk extension. The authority wants to free up as much car parking space as possible so that the town can provide plenty of space for shoppers. Why is The Royal Oak being torn down? To make way for an extra car park which will join onto the Cleveland Street car park. Chorley Council says the building will make way for 28 extra parking bays. But many in Chorley have fond memories of the Royal Oak, why can’t it be kept? Leader of Chorley Council coun Alistair Bradley has said in the past: “The former Royal Oak building has been empty for some time, with no interest from anyone in re-opening it, so we think it’s better to put that site to good use rather than letting it stand derelict for another ten years.” What are the plans for the area more generally? Eventually the council’s longer term vision is to create a larger civic square opposite the town hall but in the meantime the space will serve as a car park. The priority is to get the extension to Market Walk completed.
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Demolished - July 2018

August 2018

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