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Swan Brewery

Name: The Swan Brewery

Address: 2, Hollinshead Street, Chorley

The home of the Swan Brewery was No.2 Hollinshead Street, better known as Chorcliffe House today and was built around 1790.  

It is a Grade II listed building and once the home of the Lancaster family who owned and ran the Swan Brewery, also known as John Lancaster & Co.  Descriptions of the property are: -
Large town house, early C19, now flats. Red brick in Flemish bond, stone dressings, two-span slate roof with one chimney at left gable, 2 at right gable, 2 on the front ridge and one on the rear ridge. Deep double-pile plan of 6 bays. Three storeys with stone plinth and coping; 3rd bay, breaking forwards slightly, has a wide elliptical-headed doorway
with margin lights, Doric demi-columns, double doors, triglyph-fluted frieze and a fanlight with radiating glazing bars and 2 pierced bands, 2nd bay has a service door, with a round-headed and a square window on one sill to the right of it; otherwise, all openings have sashed windows with glazing bars, stone sills and heads (splayed at ground and 1st floors).
Right return wall has 3 windows on each upper floor (mostly sashed with glazing bars). Rear has a canted bay to full height of 3rd bay (large sashed tripartite windows with glazing bars on first 2 floors, sashed windows on 3 sides of 2nd floor); doorway with rectangular stone case in 4th bay, 2 stairlight windows above (the 1st Venetian, the 2nd round-headed, and both with Gothick glazing bars in the heads); other windows in this wall sashed with glazing bars. Interior: original staircase, and some original fireplaces, but not fully inspected.

Exactly where the brewery was situated is unclear but may been in the original barn pictured below.

1841 Census

1851 Census

1861 Census

Blackburn Standard 10 July 1861

1871 Census

Preston Chronicle 31 August 1878

1881 Census

John Lancaster was the owner of the brewery but he died in the mid-1870's and by the time of the 1881 his two daughters, Elizabeth Beddoe nee Lancaster and Alice Lancaster were running the business together albeit this was a short-lived arrangement, as the press release below details; their partnership dissolved in 1881. 

Preston Chronicle 09 July 1881

Liverpool Mercury 14 August 1882

The below cuttings proves the link between the Swan Hotel and Chorcliffe House, both owned and occupied by the Lancaster family until around 1882/3.

Liverpool Mercury 14 August 1882

This subsequent press article alludes to the purchasers of the brewery being Mould & Co Mineral Water Works.  Subsequent census returns for Chorcliffe House show the occupant to Arthur George Leigh, the registrar of births, deaths and marriages.

Lancashire Evening Post 25 April 1894

1891 Census Chorcliffe House - Arthur George Leigh

1901 Census Chorcliffe House - Arthur George Leigh

Lancashire Evening Post 15 September 1937

Chorcliffe house was restored in the 1980's and is currently occupied by a number of flats.

Under restoration in the 1980's

Chorcliffe House today

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