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Waterloo Tavern

Name: The Waterloo Tavern

Address: 53, Market Street, Chorley


The Waterloo Tavern on Market Street 1900's

The Waterloo Tavern was one of Chorley's oldest taverns before it was demolished in the late 1900's to make way for new town centre development, which took the form of the Halifax Building Society. It first appeared in directories as early as 1793 and in the early 1800's was in the hands of the Catterall family, who owned and ran the Leicester Mill Quarries up at Anglezarke near Rivington (now a venue for serious rock climbers). During this time it was also known as "The Ship" on some directory records.  

Preston Chronicle 17 November 1849

Alice Catterall died in 1849 after being at the Waterloo for at least 25 years but even when Henry Brierley was the landlord in 1861 his wife was Ann Catterall so at what stage the family parted hands with the tavern is not clear.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 05 September 1829

In the late 1800's and early 1900's it was owned by Matthew Brown's brewery in Blackburn serving their famous Lion Ales.

Listed landlords were Richard Godwin (1793), Ellen Anderton (1822-24), Thomas Catterall (1824), Alice Catterall (1829-49), Thomas McLeod (1851), Henry Brierley (1861), Samuel Fairbrother (1865), William Gillibrand (1871-79), William Heald (1881-82), William Gillibrand (1889), Leonard Walmsley (1891), James Wilding (1896), William Henry Wilding (1901), Henry Farnworth (1911) and John Ainscough (1936).

1841 Census

1851 Census


1861 Census

1871 Census

Blackburn Standard 30 October 1875

1881 Census

1891 Census

Blackburn Standard 19 December 1896

James Wilding was running the Waterloo in 1896 having previously been behind the bar at the Brooke's Arms aka White House on Brooke Street.  By 1901 his son William Henry Wilding was running the Waterloo.

1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 10 October 1901

The Waterloo Tavern pictured right looking up Market Street c.1950

1911 Census

Waterloo Tavern mid-1900's

Halifax c.2015

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