Area's history inspires new name for pub

Refurbishment work is taking place

One of the area’s oldest taverns is going back to the future as part of a major overhaul project.

A major refurbishment will see the former Manchester Road Inn reborn as the Archer at Astley.

Pub bosses have invoked the history of the Tyldesley, Chaddock and Shakerley estates, whose tenants fought at the Battles of Agincourt and Crecy, and noblemen were recorded as renowned archers, as inspiration for the revamped hostelry.

Hugh, the original Lord of the Manors of Tyldesley and Astley in 1212, left his diverse holdings to be divided among his three sons, whose fortunes rose and fell during the Middle Ages.

Now supporters of the modern-day Archer is on the lookout for its own recruits.

A spokesman for the Archer said: “We are currently looking for bubbly and energetic people to join our growing team. There are positions available in the front of house team, plus roles throughout the kitchen.”

Earlier this year the Leigh Observer reported how an application had been made for the premises, which have been vacant for some time, to benefit from a licence variation, so it could sell “teas, coffees and breakfasts” from 8am.

Plans were in place to remove the inner lobby and make minor alterations to the beer garden lobby and store, as well as the creation of a disabled toilet and amendments to the gents there.

The premises themselves are said to date back more than 120 years and used to belong to Tetley’s brewery.

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