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Standish - Jolly Mill Beer House

Name: Jolly Mill Beer House

Address: Jolly Mill Lane aka Chorley Road, Standish



1845 Map

Jolly Mill was the name of the wood and saw mill situated to the east of Chorley Road leading out of Standish towards Worthington, on the other side of the weir from Fairclough Wood and it would no doubt have been the workers from the saw mill and Worthington Paper Mill further up the road that patronised the beer house for the duration of its short existence in the middle of the 1800's.

This was the home of James Watmough and his family from the 1830's through to the late 1860's following which there is no further reference to its existence. James was born on 6th June 1808 in nearby Haigh and he and his wife Jane lived with their children on Chorley Road until James' death in 1867 (records show that Jane died before James, in January of the same year). 

On the census enumerator's route the beer house, which was also a small farm of some 5 acres was situated south of the junction of Rectory Lane (aka Parsonage Lane) and Chorley Road, which was known as Jolly Mill Lane in the 1840's and by the process of elimination is the small farm shown below Horrocksford Bridge on the 1845 map above.

Later maps show that this became known as Douglas House, which is still standing today, although it has long since been a residential property.

1841 Census

1851 Census

The baptismal record of James and Jane's daughter Eleanor at All Saints' Church in Wigan in 1855 confirms his main occupation at the time to be a "publican".



Baptism: 4 May 1855 All Saints, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Elleanor Watmough - [Child] of James Watmough & Jane
    Abode: Haigh
    Occupation: Publican
    Baptised by: H Maclean Clerk in Orders
    Register: Baptisms 1854 - 1857, Page 130, Entry 1033
    Source: Original register at Wigan Archives

1892 Map

1861 Census
Burial: 28 Feb 1867 St Wilfrid, Standish, Lancashire, England
Jane Watmough - 
    Age: 62 years
    Abode: Standish
    Buried by: H. Evans, Curate
    Register: Burials 1856 - 1878, Page 175, Entry 29
    Source: LDS Film 1526141


Burial: 5 Nov 1867 St Wilfrid, Standish, Lancashire, England
James Watmough - 
    Age: 59 years
    Abode: Standish
    Buried by: H. Evans, Curate
    Register: Burials 1856 - 1878, Page 194, Entry 182
    Source: LDS Film 1526141

1907 Map

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