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In 1858 Gavin Young surveyed the township. At this time, the village consisted of

  • St Mark’s Church, in whose churchyard Horrocks is buried;

  • The Derby Arms Inn, built in 1841 and registered as a hotel in 1850;

  • a flour mill built in 1842 and a village school.

  • Horrocks built a manor house in 1842 and called it ‘Hope Farm’.

  • A Wesleyan Chapel was built on the western side of the village and was opened in 1858.

  • In 1870 the flour mill was destroyed by fire.

  • The Derby Arms closed its doors in 1890 and the school closed in 1900.

In 1915, a railway was constructed from Riverton to the south and Spalding to the north.

  • The population of Penwortham grew with the men moving to the area to work on the rail line.

  • The Derby Arms was re-opened as a bottle/general store.

  • John Horrocks manor house was demolished to make way for the railway.


Once the railway was completed the workers moved on.

  • The Great Depression and the Second World War saw Penwortham evolve into the little village we see today.

  • In 1946 the Horrocks Memorial Fund erected a series of cairns along the 1846 expedition route.

The Wesleyan Chapel was demolished in 1970 due to neglect.

  • A number of wineries opened in the area and several attempts were made to convert the school building into a restaurant without success.

  • A resident opened a cottage industry venture selling fruit, vegetables honey and jams which was successful for a few years.

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