Sir Bill’s love of Chorley
England Rugby Union legend Bill Beaumont has long been charmed by Chorley. The chairman of World Rugby, who recently received a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, may be known for his impressive sporting career that has taken him around the world. But he is equally proud of the Chorley business run by his family. In fact, the Beaumont family name is not just famous for sport but is also a well-respected player in the Lancashire textile industry.
The roots of Bill Beaumont Textiles go back to 1888 when Towns Green Mill in Dole Lane in Chorley was taken over by Joseph Hargreaves, Bill’s great-great grandfather. The business, now in Froom Street, has developed hugely over the years and continues to thrive in the UK and internationally with Bill’s son, Daniel, at the helm.
For Sir Bill, Chorley will always be a special place. ‘It is the people who make Chorley so special, it is their warmth and friendly nature,’ he said. ‘I’ve always been very proud the business is located there there and I love to see the town doing so well. It is a place that has changed but if you look around, you still get that strong Lancashire spirit. There is beautiful countryside surrounding it, too. It has so much to offer.
‘I pop back sometimes and everyone is always very welcoming. I love going to Handleys Bakery in Pall Mall. It’s a cracking place. I’ll always have a lot of happy memories of Chorley. It’s a wonderful town.’
Sir Bill Beaumont with his wife, Lady Hilary and son Daniel