Approximate site of the Rainforth Hotel, now covered by housing. Image taken May 2012. Copyright Google Street View.
Named after John Rainforth who built the School Hill chemical works (‘Chymical Works’ as it is named on some old maps) further down School Hill. The Rainforth Hotel stood on the right hand side as you go up the street in the direction of Prince Street.
The Rainforth was a Tong’s and later
Walker’s House and was closed in 1959. It was
demolished shortly afterwards and housing now stands on the site.
One of Rainforth's apprentices was Abraham Paulton, the son of local brewer Walter Paulton and a future political journalist who campaigned in the 1840s for the repeal of the corn laws.
Concertina Row, a row of stepped houses on School Hill, was opposite the pub.