NameJohn LAIDMAN, 11006, M1659
Baptism29 Sep 1765, Pontefract, YKS
Bapt MemoSt Giles
Burial1 Nov 1834, Knottingley, YKS
Burial MemoSt Botolph
Occupation1804 Publican; 1804: Farmer; 1808: Innkeeper
FatherJohn LAIDMAN , 12363, L1657 (bp. 1736-1787)
MotherMary FOSTER , 12364 (1739-1797)
Misc. Notes
Parish Register, St Botolph, Knottingley:
Baptism of Children in ye. Year 1765
Sepbr. / 29th John, Son of John Laidman

From: KNOTTINGLEY PUBLIC HOUSES & BREWERIES circa 1750 –1998 by TERRY SPENCER B.A.(Hons), Ph D. (1998)
The Wagon & Horses Inn was part of a whole complex of houses, shops and miscellaneous buildings which occupied land between Chapel Street and the Flatts. Formerly, the site was in the possession of the religious order based at Meaux in the East Riding of Yorkshire, being seized by the Crown at the Reformation. For this reason the freehold bestowed upon the land of Knottingley at some early but undefined date was not applicable to the site until it became alienated from the Crown at a later period. A deed of December 1803, conferring the leasehold on John Laidman, a carrier of Knottingley, is an obvious renewal of an earlier conveyance for the inn and stable yard are stated to be "
now occupied by John Laidman"

In February 1807, the property was sold by Thomas Naylor to Thomas Story (sic) of Rothwell, Laidman being named as the sitting tenant. In May 1810, Laidman purchased the property from Story. However, the following February the property changed hands again when it was purchased by Thomas Shillito, limeburner of Knottingley. At that time Laidman had apparently moved to Ferrybridge and the tenant of the Wagon & Horses was John Canby. Laidman appears to have moved from Knottingley to take up the occupancy of the [Three] Horse Shoes, Ferrybridge
[Pigot’s Directory, Professions & Trades for Pontefract, 1829, mentions John Laidman as publican of the Three Horse Shoes, Ferrybridge], which, together with other land in that village, was sold to Shillito. The business interests of Laidman appear to have been quite diverse for in addition to being a common carrier and publican he was recorded in 1850 as a butcher and fourteen years later as a willow merchant.
1Sarah OSBORN, 11007
Birthca 1771
Burial28 Sep 1846, Knottingley, YKS
Burial MemoSt Botolph: “Widow of John - Innkeeper”
Occupation1841: Inn Keeper
Misc. Notes
1841 census return: HO107 folio 1309 page 22
Ferry Friston, Horse Shoe Inn
Sarah Laidman, 70, Inn Keeper, Y
Elizabeth Laidman, 25, F S [Female Servant], Y
Sarah Laidman, 20, F S, Y
Joseph Laidman, 40, M S [Male Servant], Y
Thos. Laidman, 40, M S, Y
Martin Carroll, 60, M S, Y [”born in Scotland, Ireland or foreign parts”]
Sarah Terry, 15, F S, Y
Marriage3 Mar 1791, Knottingley, YKS
Marr MemoKnottingley Chapel
Misc. Notes
Parish Register, Pontefract:
Marriages in Knottingly Chapel in [1791]
Laidman & Osburn / 3rd. / John Laidman and Sarah Osburn
ChildrenJoseph , 11011, N1647 (ca1791-1857)
 Thomas , 11012, N1648 (ca1793-1860)
 George , 14519, N1673 (bp. 1796-1798)
 John , 9960, N2003 (1799-1876)
 Mary , 11009, O1645 (ca1802-)
 Ann , 14520, O1676 (bp. 1804-)
 Elizabeth , 11013, O1649 (ca1808-1859)
 Sarah , 11010, O1646 (bp. 1812-1846)
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