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Standish Arms

Name: The Standish Arms Inn

Address: Yarrow Bridge, Chorley



This old Inn on the outskirts of Chorley started out as the Standish Arms with clear links to the Standish family who lived in nearby Duxbury Hall albeit for the last 150 years or so it has been known as the Yarrow Bridge, due to its proximity to the bridge over the river Yarrow (no surprises there!).



It is one of the oldest Inns in Chorley and is currently a busy dining pub that is part of the Flamin' Grill chain.  First listed in 1824 the listed landlords were Elizabeth Hyde (1824-28), James Eckersley (1835-39), Michael King (1841), James Heaps (1851), Moses Barton (1861-65), Henry Walsh (1876), James Welch (1871), Henry Walsh (1876-79), Thomas Parker (1881), John Seed (1891), Alex Stewart (1901), John Warburton (1911) and Fred Taylor (1936).


Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 07 June 1834

The Inn was used an auction house and for coroner's inquests during the 19th century like many of the established hotels in Chorley and the Chorley Motor Auctions was also being located on the same site in the 1900's.


Lancaster Gazette 04 February 1809

Blackburn Standard 03 May 1837

1841 Census





1851 Census

Bury Times 14 November 1857

Preston Chronicle 14 November 1857


1861 Census

Preston Chronicle 11 November 1865

1871 Census

The Yarrow Bridge

1881 Census

Tales of Duxbury and the Standish Family - by Irene Owen
The Duxbury family tree goes back as far as 1202. 1315 was a very important date, the Banastre rebellion. Lands of Standish and Shevington. Battles fought by close neighbours. Sir Henry de Burry was murdered. Standishes's took over Duxbury Hall. The Duxbury's were very influential, but the Standishes became more important. In the old barn of the old hall timbers dated to 15c. There was a Pele tower which protected the area and was also used for shelter. There have been huge stones found on the Duxbury estate which possibly were from the Pele tower. In the old barn, the chieftains barn, there was a bedchamber for the Lord and Lady and another one for the women. All the men slept in the hall. Hall 'ith Hill also a possible residence of the Duxburys. Bretters Farm was moated, and C.H.A.S. found remains of artefacts from Saxon times to 16c in the recent past. 1571 there is a court roll reference to the Manor House of Duxbury (Duxbury Hall). Also discovered, 6 pairs of oak crux (barn) on a stone base, fastened by three cross pieces. The Standish line family tree can be traced from 1221 to 1846.


1434 Sir Roland Standish fought under Henry V at Agincourt and brought home the remains of St. Laurence and returned them to the Parish Church, Chorley (reputedly.) Lands connected to the Standishes also covered areas around Heapey, Duxbury, Worthington, Langtree, Heath Charnock, Chorley etc. The Lord became the tenant for life and had to look after the estate and its people. 1533 was the time of Henry V111 and the Reformation. The Standishes of Duxbury were Protestants and the Standishes of Standish were Catholics. Miles Standish was educated at Rivington Grammar School (the small old school, now a Junior school). 1622 Sir Thomas Standish rebuilt Duxbury Hall and and chapel (St. Wilfreds). 1670 the Hearth Tax was introduced, and 1727 the Cornmill was refurbished. Myles Standish, who was nicknamed Captain Shrimp sailed the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hobernock who was a firm friend and stayed with him for the rest of his life. Three Standing Dishes are the Standish Coat of Arms. The two churches of St. Laurence and St. Wilfreds were very important to the Standish family. 1859 two thirds of Duxbury Hall burned down, then was rebuilt with the insurance monies. 1891 was the sale of Duxbury Park Estate. From 1898 to 1932 George Owens (Irene's husband) granddad was the Gamekeeper at Duxbury. Over the years the Cornwells were also part of Georges family. 
The Yarrow Bridge hotel used to be called the Standish Arms. There were 4 Coal Mines at Duxbury, namely: Duxbury, Carr, Yarrow and Duxbury Park. Documents date back to 1354 for the Old Mill, and there was also quarrying and textiles carried on at Duxbury.

1891 Census

1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 31 January 1903

Press cuttings also reveal that there used to be a bowling green at the Yarrow Bridge.

1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 28 August 1934

Fatal Collision o/s the Yarrow Bridge Oct.1963


Lancashire Evening Post 22 August 1938



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