Old Gerard Arms Hotel
30 - 34 Gerard Street, Ashton
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At Risk: No
Built 1895 for Oldfield Brewery Co.
A possible reference to an earlier Gerard Arms occurs in Nicholas Blundell's “Great Diurnall” (text at http://rslc.org.uk/api/file/Vol_114-edited.pdf): - 27 May 1721:-
My Wife and I called at the Signe of Sir William Gerards Crest in Ashton, thence to Gravock [Grave Oak Farm, Hopecar, nr Leigh] where we Lodged”.
The stables at the Gerard's Arms” are mentioned in connection with the impounding of cattle in a report of an Ashton Local Board meeting in April 1876.
There was a nightclub -Club Mallorca, later The Manhattan- on the first floor in 1970s. The “superstore” -B&M- has relocated within the town, the former Gerard Arms now being split at both ground and first-floor levels into small retail units and eateries.
Text and images by the Makerfield Rambler