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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 3rd August, 2018)

Gerrard Arms

Gerrard Arms
Bolton Road, Aspull.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Ken R on 3rd August 2018 at 00:47

Thanks for the memories for this great photo Mick. A long time since I had a pint of bitter and a game of darts in there.

Comment by: irene roberts on 3rd August 2018 at 08:07

We pass this pub regularly but have never been in. I have heard the food is good. Has anyone tried it?

Comment by: Howard P on 3rd August 2018 at 08:37

I suspect this is a Bolton pub.
Just outside Wigan Mick, why have you choose this.

Comment by: DTease on 3rd August 2018 at 09:08

It's in Aspull Howard. The boundary is at the bottom of the hill.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 3rd August 2018 at 09:10

I suspect Howard that technically the pub is in Bolton by the Welcome to Wigan signage on the opposite side of the road, but with a WN2 1PZ postcode I think Wigan will claim it. Would be interesting to ask the barstaff where they think the pub is. Same here Irene, been past a million times, never stepped foot in the place.

Comment by: Pw on 3rd August 2018 at 09:18

I always thought it was in Aspull,Wigan

Comment by: Elizabeth on 3rd August 2018 at 09:23

No, this isn't a Bolton pub, it's on Dicconson Lane, Aspull. I haven't had a meal there for a while, but the food was good last time I visited. Always a good stop after walking through Borsdane Wood.

Comment by: Jonno on 3rd August 2018 at 09:34

Irene what you have heard is correct, the food is very good.

Comment by: Roy on 3rd August 2018 at 09:43

Howard, I don't care what that sign 50 yards away from the pub says, Aspull is Wigan.
Address :- 615 Bolton Road Aspull,
Wigan WN2 1PZ

Comment by: David Barker on 3rd August 2018 at 09:50

Great pub, great beer, the boundary Howard is at Borsdane Brook about 100yards further up Bolton road ,so the pub would just be in Aspull Wigan area i would think.Good clear photo Mick.

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd August 2018 at 09:51

Probably 'choosed' this Howard 'cos its on the very boundary of Westhoughton and Wigan. Howfeners never describe their pubs as Bolton pubs! In fact when I fill any forms in I state 'Nr Bolton' (rightly or wrongly)
Anyway WIGAN is quite cleverly seen on the signpost. Biker Byrne made sure of that!

Comment by: Greg on 3rd August 2018 at 09:55

Howard P.."Why have you choose this?" Chosen, Howard...

Comment by: Veronica on 3rd August 2018 at 10:04

Irene: My next door neighbours go there quite often and they like the food - or they did.

Comment by: Gary on 3rd August 2018 at 10:25

My Grandad was a regular there in the afternoons, early 1950s, after a walk in Borsdane Wood. When I heard the phrase "Gerrard Aerms" as a two year old, I thought "Gerrard Arm" was a woman all these old ex miners visited on their walk!
Always a popular pub - its competition was the Hare & Hounds up the road, always known as "Turner's.". I drove past a few years ago. Flats!

Comment by: Howard P on 3rd August 2018 at 10:43

Cheers Greg, I suspect you're right.

Comment by: gordon d on 3rd August 2018 at 11:51

good food and good beer give it a try

Comment by: Gary on 3rd August 2018 at 12:05

On the opposite side of the road, to the right of where Mick is standing, there was a triangular stone by the bridge, marked "township of Aspull" and "township of Westhoughton."

Comment by: DerekB on 3rd August 2018 at 14:10

Never been disappointed with the food there, good choice and reasonably priced. The sign showing Welcome to Bolton/ Historic Westhoughton is some 150 or so yards further on towards he A6.

Comment by: peebee on 3rd August 2018 at 16:54

Close to that sign is where the Dicconson lane railway bridge carrying the Dobbs Brow to Horwich avoiding line arched over the Lane , not far from Hilton House station , oh happy train spotting times .

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 3rd August 2018 at 16:58

It's all very well for these millionaire ex-oil rig roustabouts, breezing around on their state of the art, futuristic electric velocipedes, but it's a fair old slog up to Fingerpost from yonder for the rest of us mere mortals on our 1954 ' Uncle Alberts '. Especially one with a sloppy cotter pin.

Comment by: Anne on 3rd August 2018 at 17:02

Gary.... if you look on google street there is a stone embedded in the stone wall with the inscription you mention.

Comment by: DTease on 3rd August 2018 at 17:35

A sloppy cotter pin can be very disconcerting Ozy, especially if it results in your nether regions coming into sudden contact with the crossbar. Makes my eyes water just thinking about it.

Comment by: John D on 3rd August 2018 at 19:49

The actual boundary between Aspull and Westhoughton is Borsdane Brook which runs under the road after the Gerrard Arms in the direction of Westhoughton. The Gerrard is therefore firmly within Wigan Borough.A bone of contention with many Aspullers was the naming of the the nearby post office, now closed. It was called "Dicconson Lane" when it was in fact on Bolton Road, Aspull.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 3rd August 2018 at 20:25

I see Mr. Gallagher makes provision for the parking of large cars at the rear of his premises, but I see no mention of facilities for the parking of small cars. So where am I supposed to park my Reliant Robin?....suggestions on a postcard please.

Comment by: Gary on 3rd August 2018 at 21:04

Anne - thank you for that. I think it's original.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 3rd August 2018 at 22:32

I personally find that a two or three foot length of polystyrene pipe lagging, judiciously taped along the crossbar, helps to cushion the impact in the event of a catastrophic cotter pin failure DTease. The benefits being twofold. Firstly, it minimises the immediate and excruciating agony occasioned to certain delicate parts of ones anatomy, but secondly, and more importantly in my view, it also vastly improves the future prospects for the continuation of the human species.

As if...

Rock on. Ozy.

Comment by: JJP on 4th August 2018 at 07:52

Regarding the boundary, an old friend of mine lives about three hundred yards into Westhoughton but the address is Dicconson Lane , Aspull. However, this is purely for the postal services. All those who mentioned Borsden brook are right, this marks the boundary between Bolton and Wigan.

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