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Shevington - George & Dragon Inn

Name: The George and Dragon Inn

Address: 35, Gathurst Lane, Shevington

1845 Map
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
Listed landlord at the George and Dragon were George Ellis (1824), George Holland (1841-61), William Holland (1871-74), Thomas Holcroft (1874), James Hesketh (1877), Sarah Freeman (1881-91), John Moss (1901), William Emery (1905-08), James Southern (1911) and Henry Southern (1924).

1841 Census

1851 Census

1854 Mannex Directory

1861 Census

1871 Census
Chorley Guardian 11 April 1874

Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 10 April 1875

Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 06 January 1877

1881 Census

1891 Census

1901 Census
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

1911 Census
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
1926 may well have spelled the end of trade for the George & Dragon with the removal of the license to trade, as I can find no reference to the Inn after that time and OS map of the area published in 1928 does not record the property as an Inn although the building is quite clearly still shown directly below the footpath (F.P.) linking Miles Lane and Gathurst Lane (lower centre).

Lancashire Evening Post 30 April 1926

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