7. Smithy Cottage

On coach journeys from Liverpool to Manchester, the first stage where the horses were changed was at Rainhill. Bretherton built stabling for over 200 horses next to the Ship Inn.
Following the establishment of a toll gate at Kendrick's Cross, a second toll bar was set up at Rainhill Stoops. On one day in 1843, the records show that 14s.4d was collected at "Kenwrick's" Cross and £4.11s was collected at Rainhill Stoops.

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