The Wigan Directory of 1881, Blackrod

Blackrod is a township and village in the union and county court district of Wigan, rural deanery of Bolton, diocese of Manchester, and hundred of Salford, and is distant from Wigan about five miles by road, and seven by the new railway route via Hindley and Dicconson Mill. It is over seven miles from Bolton, of which it forms part of the parish; it has a church dedicated to St. Catherine, the living of which is in the gift of the vicar of Bolton, and is of the value of £700 per annum.
   The nearest railway station is at Horwich Junction, on the Lancashire and Yorkshire line of Railway from Bolton to Preston. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes at a little distance to the north. In the township are several productive collieries, each connected with the main line of railway by branches. There is a fair held yearly on the 12th of July.
   The line of a Roman road is traceable in the township, and there is every probability that here was a Roman station named Coccium in the Iter of Antonius, on the military road from Mancunium (Manchester) to the north.
   The land owners are the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Roger Leigh, Esq., and the Marquis de Rothwell.
   The population in 1861 was 3214; in 1871, 3796; and in 1881, 4234. The area 238 acres.

   Post Office, James Saunders, postmaster. Letters from all parts arrive (from Chorley) at 8 a.m. and 4.20 p.m., and are despatched at 8 p.m. Money Order, Telegraph Office, and Savings' Bank.

St. Catherine's Church. - Rev. R. C. W. Croft, vicar
Wesleyan Chapel, New street
Scot Lane End Church School. - James Miller, master
National School, Church street. - John Gardiner, master; Ruth Thompson, mistress
Wesleyan School, New street. - Thomas Little, master

Local Board of Health Office, New st. - Chairman, James Eckersley; clerk, Austin Potter; collector, James Saunders; surveyor of highways, James Holt; medical officer, Henry Smith; inspector of nuisances, W. F. Barker

Manchester Fire Insurance Co. - E. Leigh, Bank terrace, agent
Police Station, New st. - Isaac Simpson & John Smith, constables
Working Men's Club, New street

   CARRIER
John Hope, to Bolton, Monday; to Chorley, Tuesday; to Wigan, Friday


PRIVATE RESIDENTS

Burgess Mr. Johnathan, Hilton House Farm
Croft Rev. Ralph Calvert W., The Vicarage
Davies Mr. Benjamin, Huyton House
Eckersley Mr. James, Burnt House
Gardner Mr. John, Castlefield House
Gidlow James, Esq., Arley Hall
Mayall John, Esq., Highfield House
Smith H., Esq., Acresfield House, Chorley rd.
Stopford Mr. Thomas R., Fairfield
Thompson Mr. John, Hilton House
Unsworth Mr. John, Barker Delaine House

COMMERCIAL

Ainscough John, Three Crowns Inn, Church st.
Ainsworth John, shoemaker, Chapel street
Ardern Henry, shopkeeper, Church street
Arley Main Colliery Co. (Joseph Ridgway & Others), coal proprietors. - Thoams R. Stopford, manager; depot, Clive street, Bolton - See advertisement
Banks James, clogger, New street
Barker William, brewer and brickmaker, New Inn, Little Scotland
Baugh Margaret, beer retailer, Church street
Bentham Thomas, sen., grocer and draper, New street
Bentham Thomas, jun., shopkeeper, New st.
Berry Richard, shoe maker, Church street
Berry Robert, shoemaker, New street
Blackrod Friendly Co-operative Society, Ltd., grocers and drapers, Chorley road. - Wm. Derbyshire, manager
Blackrod Gas Co., Limited. - Benjamin Howarth, secretary
Boardman James, shoe maker, Boardman st.
Brogden John, joiner and builder, and newsagent, New street
Broomhead Pierce, beer retailer, Aberdeen
Brown William, colliery contractor, and agent to the Wigan Coal & Iron Co., New street
Brown William, beer retailer, Little Scotland
Bullough John, beer retailer, New street
Burgess J., cashier, Hilton House Farm
Caldwell William, beer retailer, Church street
Chester Wm., Ridgway Arms, Tanner's brow
Crabtree Walmsley, shopkeeper, Manchester rd.
Crankshaw David, shopkeeper, New street
Crook James, billposter, New street
Crook Thos., shopkeeper and draper, Hill lane
Davies & Eckersley, bleachers, Huyton Bleach Works
Derbyshire Thomas, Green Barn Inn, Manchester road
Derbyshire William, manager, Co-operative Stores, New street
Dickinson Francis, grocer, Chorley road
Dickinson Francis, shopkeeper, Church street
Edge Mary, shopkeeper, Manchester road
Entwistle Richard, watch maker, Little Scotland
Finch Heneage, shopkeeper, Little Scotland
Fisher B. & R., Anderton Hall Colliery
Fisher Samuel, druggist, Church street
Fisher William, hardware dealer, Scot lane
Foster William, Red Lion Inn, Church street
Gidlow John, blacksmith, Church street
Hampson James, beer retailer, Manchester rd.
Hampson Jas., veterinary surgeon, Vauze House
Hampson Peter, joiner & beer retailer, New st.
Hampson Peter, beer retailer, Chorley road
Harrison Joseph, saddler, Church street
Harrison Robert & James, butchers, Church st.
Heywood William, grocer & draper, New street
Higham James, shopkeeper, Scot lane
Higham Robert, beer retailer, Church street
Hope John, shopkeeper, New street
Houghton Wm, Black Horse, Black Horse st.
Hutchinson John, shopkeeper, New street
Jolley William, hardware dealer, New street
Leigh Ebenezer, bookkeeper, and agent for the Manchester Fire Office, New street
Leigh Maria, shopkeeper, New street
Liddell Thomas, wholesale and retail grocer, draper, and beer retailer, New street
Marsh James, beer retailer, New street
Mather Nathan, clogger and shoe dealer, Church street
Mather Ralph, shopkeeper, Manchester road
Mather Richard, shopkeeper, Black Horse st.
May Seth, beer retailer, Chorley road
Milner Thomas, agent to the Prudential Insurance Co., New street
Molyneux James, beer retailer, Church street
Moore William, shopkeeper and beer retailer, Little Scotland
Morris William, shopkeeper, Scot Lane end
Moscrop Robert, joiner, Chorley road
Pendlebury Elias, shoemaker & clogger, New street
Pendlebury James, beer retailer, Scot lane
Pendlebury Robert, shopkeeper, Little Scotland
Prudential Insurance Co. - Thomas Milner, agent, New street
Rigby John, Leigh Arms Inn, Church street
Roberts Thomas, shopkeeper, Scot lane
Saunders James, postmaster, and agent to the Provincial and Alliance Insurance Co.'s, New street
Seddon William, beer retailer, Manchester rd.
Smith Henry, surgeon, Acresfield House, Chorley road
Smith Thomas, grocer, Church street
Southworth William, clogger, Scot lane
Stock Thomas, shopkeeper, Blundell lane
Taylor Edward M., draper, grocer, and provision dealer, New street
Turner Joseph, newsagent, New street
Turner Robert, plumber, glazier and ironmonger, New street
Unsworth James, Scot lane Inn, Scot lane
Unsworth John, colliery manager (W. Woods & Son), Barker Delaine House
Valentine George, shopkeeper, Chorley road
Walkden Thomas, beer retailer, Hill lane
Walls Mary, milliner, New street
Walls Robert, shopkeeper, Scot lane
Walsh J. & T., painters and decorators, New street
Wigham Thomas, grocer and beer retailer, Church street
Woods William & Son, coal proprietors, Scot lane, & Westhoughton; Office, Scot lane. - John Unsworth, manager
Yates Thomas M., manager for the Anderton Colliery, Blackrod brow

FARMERS

Abram Henry, Canal side
Bailey William, Lee fold
Black John, Makinson's Farm
Collier James, Church street
Darbyshire Ralph, Markland Farm
Dickinson Ralph, Nightingale Farm
Edge Henry, Manchester road
Entwistle Richard, Blundell lane
Fazackerley William, Green Barn
Harrison R. & J., Dootson's Farm
Hatton John, Sibberings
Hatton William, Aberdeen Farm
Holden Moses, Shepherd's Farm
Holt James, Yates' Farm
Jones William, Pool green
Knowles John, Crowshaw Farm
Langton William & James, Park Hall
Liptrot Thomas, Crow Nest
Mather John, Holland's Farm
Moore Thomas, Little Scotland
Moore William, Blundell fold
Ollerton Walter, Church street
Owen Daniel, Brown fold
Owen John, Wood's Barn
Partington James, Barker's Farm
Simm James, Leigh Tenement
Singleton John, Moss House
Spencer Peter, Arley lane
Sumner Margaret, Red Moss
Valentine Thomas, Manchester road
Walls Thomas, Manchester road
Warburton John, Longworth Tenements
Woods William & Co., Hilton House Farm

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