Name: The George and Dragon Inn
Address: 35, Gathurst Lane, Shevington
I can find no picture of the George & Dragon but it dates back to the early 1800's and was one of only a few pubs in Shevington village in the 19th century. First reference to it can be found on the 1824 directory of the Standish Parish, as shown below and it remained a part of village life well into the 20th century.
As can be seen on the map above, it was located roughly where the Spar is today on Gathurst Lane.
|1824 Standish Directory|
|1854 Mannex Directory|
|Chorley Guardian 11 April 1874|
|Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 10 April 1875|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 06 January 1877|
|Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 29 July 1905|
The press cuttings above suggest a connection between the George and Dragon and the St Patrick's Inn in Standish and points towards an early indication that the George and Dragon was struggling business-wise.
|1905 Kelly's Directory|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 02 March 1906|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 07 November 1908|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 04 December 1917|
|Lancashire Evening Post 01 March 1921|
The 1924 directory below confirms that Henry Southern had taken over running the Inn from his father James by this time.
|1924 Kelly's Directory|
|Lancashire Evening Post 04 March 1926|