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Waggon Makers' Arms

Name: The Waggon Makers' Arms

Address: 12, Railway Street, Chorley


1988 Waggon Makers' Arms from The Never Ending Pub Crawl - Alan Winfield
Most people in Chorley today will know this pub as Sam's Bar although it has been the Waggon Makers' Arms for most of its 130 or so years.  The beer house first appeared on the 1881 census with listed landlords at the pub being Thomas Miller (1881), Isaac Riley (1891) and James Shaw Seddon (1891-1911). In 1871 a Thomas Lowe, occupation "carter" is listed at 12 Railway Street with his family.

1881 census



1891 census

Lancashire Evening Post 28 April 1892
The Waggon Makers' aka Sam's Bar c.2015

Chorley Pal Remembered

Robert Riley was the son of Isaac Riley, Innkeeper at Waggon Makers' Arms in 1891 Census.

"Enlisted 24th September, 1914, and served in England. Died suffering from pneumonia, at Prees Heath Military Hospital, on 16th November, 1916. Attended St George's Church. After joining the Chorley 'Pals' he was transferred to the 75th  Training Reserve Batt. [Regimental number 48111]. He went through all the South African War [with the King's Own Lancaster Regimen], and won both the King Edward and Queen Victoria medals. He and another were the sole survivors out of a party of 50, who were killed at Spion Kop. He has five bars to the Queen's medal and two to the King's."

There is no record in Naval and Military Books. The CWGC lists under number 16021. He was buried in Chorley Cemetery. He was the husband of Hannah Isabella Riley of 5 Alker Street, Chorley. He had one child. [Garwood has number his number as 16021].

The Chorley Guardian photograph of 2/12/1916 and article of 25/11/1916 agree his age, address and add his occupation, noting hi as an 'Ex-Regular'.

From the 11th Battalion he transferred to the 75th Battalion Training Reserve (48111) .

The 1911 Census has him at 5 Alker Street, Chorley:  Robert Riley (39, Head, Twister, Cotton, Born in Chorley), Hannah Riley (39, Wife, Married 2 years, 1 child, still living, Weaver, Cotton, Born in Bywell, Northumberland), Robert Codling (42, Brother-in-law, Colliery Clerk, Born in Mathon, Northumberland), Tom Riley (2, Son, Born in Chorley).

The 1911 Census has his parents living at 126 Devonshire Road, Chorley: Isaac Riley (67, Head, Loomer, Born in Blackburn), Rachel Riley (62, Wife, House Keeper, Married 33 years, 11 children, all living, Born in Pitsburg, Pensylvania, British subject by parentage), Elizabeth Riley (36, Daughter, Dress Maker, Own Account, At Home, Born in Chorley), Esther Riley (33, Daughter, Milliner, Born in Chorley),  Alice Riley (27, Daughter, Tailoress, Born in Chorley), Ellen Riley (25, Daughter, Weaver, Cotton, Born in Chorley), [Lavinia] Riley (23, Daughter, Weaver, Cotton, Born in Chorley), Jane Riley (18, Daughter, Weaver, Cotton, Born in Chorley), Florence Riley (8, Granddaughter, Born in Canada, British subject by parentage).

Robert Riley married Hannah Isabella Codling at St George's Church, Chorley, in 1907 [Lancashire BMD].

The 1901 Census has his parents living at 7 Trinity Road, Chorley: Isaac Riley (57, Head, Twister in Cotton Mill, Born in Blackburn), Rachel Riley (51, Wife, Born in Pennsylvania, America), Elizabeth Riley (26, Daughter, Dress Maker, Born in Chorley), Esther Riley (23, Daughter, Milliner, Born in Chorley), Mary Riley (21, Daughter, Tailoress, Born in Chorley), Thomas Rily (19, Son, Twister in Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), Alice Riley (17, Daughter, Tailoress, Born in Chorley), Helen Riley (15, Daughter, Weaver in Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), [Lavinia] Riley (13, Daughter, Weaver in Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), Jane Riley (8, Daughter, Born in Chorley).

The 1891 Census has his parents living at the Wagon Maker's Arms, Railway Street, Chorley: Isaac Riley (47, Head, Inn Keeper, Born in Blackburn), Rachel Riley (41, Wife, Born in Pennsylvania, America), William Riley (22, Son, Loomer, Cotton), Elizabeth Riley (16, Daughter, Cotton Weaver, Born in Chorley), Esther Riley (14, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Mary Riley (11, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Thomas Riley (9, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Alice Riley (7, Daughter, Tailoress, Born in Chorley), Ellen Riley (5, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Lavinia Riley (3, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley).

The 1881 Census has him living at the Wagon Maker's Arms, Railway Street, Chorley: Isaac Riley (36, Head, Twister in Cotton Mill, Born in Blackburn), Rachel Riley (31, Wife, Born in Pittsburg, America), William Riley (12, Son, Twister in Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), James Riley (11, Son, Twister in Cotton Mill, Born in Chorley), Robert Riley (9, Son, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Elizabeth Riley (6, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Esther Riley (4, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Mary Riley (1, Daughter, Born in Chorley).

The birth of Robert Riley was registered in Chorley in 1872. His mother's maiden name was Croasdale [Lancashire BMD].

His parents, Isaac Riley and Elizabeth Croasdale, were married at St Peter's Church, Chorley, in 1868 [Lancashire BMD].

Courtesy of Adam Cree 2016

Lancashire Evening Post 13 December 1899

1901 census


1911 census

The following article was posted in the London Gazette on 14th March 2014; fortunately for Chorley's pub trade Sam's Bar and Sam's Bar Too (Moor Road formerly known as the Sebastopol) are still in business today.


Resolutions for Winding-up
RIDLEY TRADING LIMITED (Company Number 07979763 )
Other Names of Company: Sam’s; Sam’s Bar, Sam’s Too, Stocks Tavern
Registered office: Suite 5, Martland Mill, Mart Lane, Burscough, L40 0SD
Principal trading address: Sams Bar, 12 Railway Street, Chorley, PR7 2TZ; Stocks Tavern, 4-8 High Street St, Newton le Willows, WA12 9SN; Sams Too, 294 Moor Road, Chorley, PR7 2NG; Sams Bar (Wellfield Hotel), 75 Wellfield Road, Beech Hill, Wigan, WN6 8NQ; Sam’s, 52 Church Street, Warrington, WA3 3TW; Sam’s Country Inn, 113 Appley Lane South, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9AR; Collier’s Arms, 70 Frog Lane, Wigan, WN1 1HG
At a General Meeting of the Members of the above-named Company, duly convened, and held at Beaumont & Co, Suite 5, Martland Mill, Mart Lane, Burscough, Lancashire, L40 0SD on 06 March 2014 the following Resolutions were duly passed, as a Special Resolution and as an Ordinary Resolution respectively:
“That the Company be wound up voluntarily and that David R Acland and Lila Thomas, both of Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP, 1 Winckley Court, Chapel Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8BU, (IP Nos 008894 and 009608) be and hereby are appointed Joint Liquidators of the Com(IP Nos 008894 and 009608)pany for the purpose of the voluntary winding-up, and any act required or authorised under any enactment to be done by the Joint Liquidators may be done by all or any one or more of the persons holding the office of Liquidator from time to time.”
Any person who requires further information may contact the Joint Liquidator by telephone on 01772 202000. Alternatively enquiries can be made to Helen Doidge by e-mail at helen.doidge@begbies-traynor.com or by telephone on 01772 202000.
Graham Crompton, Chairman


1 comment:

  1. Rachel Riley was Rachel Catterall, RICHARD 60, FOREMAN STONE FACTORY, RACHEL 57, JOHN 28, MASTER STONE MASON, RICHARD 25, STONE MASON, ANN 20 COTTON WINDER, RACHEL 16, SAME, EDWARD 14, STONE MASON APP, JOSEPH 11, RACHEL 21 GRANDAUGHTER B AMERICA, They married in Preston, 13 august 1874.

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