The Dispensary

Joseph Brandreth was the son of a wealthy man and worked as a doctor in Ormskirk in the 18th century.  He set up a dispensary in what is now called Derby Street so that poor people could obtain medicine and medical advice.  When he died, he left money to the poor of Ormskirk and in 1832, together with donations, the money was used to build the Dispensary.

The land it was built on was bought from Lord Derby, the stone donated by Lord Skelmersdale and between 800 and 1000 people were treated each year.

Today, the building is the home of the Young Farmers’ Club renowned for its variety of ales.


The Clock Tower | The Old Town Hall | Court Number 5 | The Parish Church | The Dispensary | The Magistrates Court & Constable Entrance | The Former Girls’ & Infants’ School | Georgian Town House | The Buck I’Th Vine | The Styles | The Ship Inn | The Market