Address: Eaves Lane, Chorley
Thumbs Up was one of many unofficial beerhouses in Chorley, typically run from people's front rooms and in this case only appeared on the 1851 census.
A beerhouse was a type of drinking establishment created in the United Kingdom by the 1830 Beerhouse Act, legally defined as a place "where beer is sold to be consumed on the premises". Public houses at the time were issued with licences by local magistrates under the terms of the Retail Brewers Act 1828, and were subject to police inspections at any time of the day or night. The proprietors of beerhouses on the other hand simply had to buy a licence from the government costing two guineas per annum, equivalent to about £150 as of 2010. Until the Wine and Beerhouse Act 1869 gave local magistrates the authority to renew beerhouse licences, the two classes of establishment were in direct competition.
The occupier was a Henry Hargreaves and the actual location was two doors down from Moss Cottage, the home of a wealthy land proprietor Joseph Wallwork and now the site of Walkden's Volvo Garage.