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Whittle-le-Woods - Oddfellows' Arms

Name: The Oddfellows' Arms

Address: Tannery House, Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods

The property pictured above was originally called Tannery House and was the home of a James Miller (farmer & tanner) in the mid-1800's. The below census record from 1861 shows James living at the property,which is located between Hall's Terrace and Rock Villa Road on Chorley Old Road.

1861 Census Tannery House

Ten years later the 1871 census shows James (now a retired farmer) living next door to John Parker, beer seller and who is confirmed as the landlord of the Oddfellows' Arms in a later press article from 1875. A further article from 1880 also confirms James Miller continued to frequent the Oddfellows' Arms in retirement. 

1871 Census

Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 13 February 1875

1881 Census

Chorley Standard and District Advertiser 11 December 1880

In 1881 John Parker and his wife Jane were still running the Oddfellows' but there is no trace of James Miller and in the years to come the Parkers also moved on the landlords at the property included William Hartley (1891), Robert Mayor (1901), Paul Haydock (1901), James Calvert (1908-1911) and Joseph Greaves (1917).

1891 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 08 September 1891

Lancashire Evening Post 15 March 1901

1901 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 27 November 1908

1911 Census

Lancashire Evening Post 13 October 1917

Newspaper articles from 1924 confirm the Oddfellows' Arms was "redundant" and therefore consideration was being given to whether to renew the licence or not...whether it reopened after that time I do not know.  

The most recent business to operate from the premises was a barber's shop called the "Head Gardener" but this now appears to have closed too.

Lancashire Evening Post 07 February 1924

The property is now known as Prospect House as the window above the door shows below.

Lancashire Evening Post 02 May 1924

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