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Tarleton - Anchor Inn

Name: The Anchor Inn

Address: Sollom Lock, Lock Lane, Tarleton


Lock House, Sollom Lock

The exact location of the Anchor In is not known to me with any certainly, but there were only a limited number of properties in the vicinity of Sollom Lock, which included a plot of land on the west side of the canal, south of the road incorporating the Smithy and a number of other properties, a row of terraced properties on the opposite bank and Barrowford House, also east of the canal. From the census returns the beer house is in close proximity to the Blacksmith's and as such I think it was one of properties on the west side and may well have been part of what is now Lock House, a private residence with outbuildings on that plot of land. 

Listed landlords at the Anchor Inn aka Sollom Lock Beerhouse were James Dobson (1841), Adam Dobson (1851), William Hodson (1858-69), Mary Stock (1861) and Edward Sephton (Sefton) (1871).

1841 Census

1845 Map

Marriage: 13 Sep 1848 St Mary, Tarleton, Lancashire, England
Adam Dobson - 21 Shoemaker Bachelor of Tarleton 
Eliza Silcock - 17 Spinster of Tarleton 
    Groom's Father: James Dobson, Publican
    Bride's Father: Richard Silcock, Farmer
    Witness: Richard Silcock; Mary Gaskell; James Wignall
    Married by Licence by: Ralph Wilde Curate
    Register: Marriages 1837 - 1881, Page 65, Entry 129
    Source: LDS Film 1278941

1851 Census

Red Bridge Farm, Sollom

1858 Directory - William Hodson

1861 Census

On Monday, Mr. Myres, coroner, held an inquest at the Sollom Lock Inn, on the body of Robert Cookson, labourer, 68 years of age, who had been found drowned in a branch of the Leeds and Liverpool canal.
20 June 1863 - Preston Herald - Preston, Lancashire, England

1869 Directory of Beer Retailers - William Hodson

1871 Census

Permitting Drunkenness. Edward Sefton, landlord the Sollom Lock beerhouse, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on the 26th August
08 September 1871 - Wigan Observer and District Advertiser

1908 Map

The Anchor Inn ceased to exists after 1871 when the licence was finally refused by the licensing Magistrates on recommendation of the local police Superintendent.

The next application was Edward Sefton, of the Sollom Lock beerhouse, Tarleton. Superintendent Beetham said this house was a considerable distance from the turnpike road, was close to the canal and objected on the ground that it was not required; the previous conviction was also cited in the refusal to grant a new licence.
September 1871 - Bolton Evening News & Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 

Barrowford House, nr. Sollom Lock

1938 Map

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