Address: 223, Water Street, Chorley
The Stanley Arms was located on the corner of Water Street and Waterloo Street in Chorley and whilst the building still stands today, now a private residence, it ceased trading as a licensed premises many years ago.
It first appears on census records from 1871 with the listed landlords being James Entwistle (1871), James Hall (1881), Edward Tattersall (1891), Peter Taylor (1901) and Charles Olden (1911).
|The Stanley Arms c.2017|
Resident at the Stanley Arms in 1911 were the Olden family, which included young Charlie, who was later to become the entertainer-comedian Ted Ray.
As a major radio personality and comedian of the 1940s and 50s he regularly demonstrated his extraordinary ad-libbing skills in his weekly radio show "Ray's A Laugh", which ran from 1949 until 1961. A much sought after music hall comedian, Ray usually played the violin (badly) as part of his act. He also played straight roles in several British films- notably as the lead as the headmaster in "Teacher". He also played in early "Carry On" films. He was, however, best remembered for "Ray's a Laugh", which was a domestic comedy in which he was accompanied by Australian, Kitty Bluett, who played his wife. Many later to become well known actors and actresses cut their teeth on this radio show, including Ted Yule, Patricia Hayes, Kenneth Connor, Peter Sellers, Pat Coombs and Graham Stark 1940 and 1950 saw Ray as King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He was a very keen and accomplished golfer who frequently appeared playing with professional sportsmen. Later in his career Ted Ray appeared together with Jimmy Edwards, Arthur Askey and Cyril Fletcher in the comedy radio panel game "Does the Team Think?". He never managed to break successfully into television, though his son, Robin Ray, was a well known television personality in the 1960s and 1970s, having initiated "Call My Bluff" and other specialist classical music shows. Ted Ray died in 1977.
(Information provided with thanks by Paul Topping)