Address: 113 Appley Lane South, Appley Bridge
The Alison's Arms was first listed on the 1871 census but press cuttings confirm it was open as early as 1866 although it was not listed in the 1869 directory of the area. Over the years it has had several names including the Sam's Country Inn and more recently the Bridge Inn.
Listed landlords at the Inn were William Stopforth (1866-76), James Latham (1876-1901), Tom Green (1903) and Samuel Prior (1911).
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 10 March 1866|
Taken from The Memories of Mildred Yates 2005
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 01 February 1890|
|1895 Directory of Wigan|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 08 April 1899|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 02 October 1901|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 17 May 1902|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 10 October 1903|
|Wigan Observer and District Advertiser 05 September 1914|
Grave discoveryFriday 03 November 2006
The mystery of the donkey's gravestone which stood for years outside the former Alison Arms in Appley Bridge has been solved. It's in a little nursery in Ashton. In Wigan World a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that some folks wondered what happened to the memorial to Bobby, a donkey which was popular with local folks and which pulled a little cart carrying his owner. Well, it seems that when road and pavement alterations were being carried out, the little gravestone was damaged and spent the next 12 years at a local quarry. One day it was spotted by Kevin and Carl Duffy, who run an unusual garden centre and DIY shop on Rectory Lane, at Ashton. Fifty pounds changed hands, and the gravestone was saved. Said Kevin, 61, "Had I not bought it I suspect it might have ended up with the rubble. "It really is our pride and joy and it catches the eye of many of our customers." The father and son have created a mock Tudor village at their garden centre – and folks are invited to view it free of charge. It makes an excellent family outing.
Read more at: http://www.wigantoday.net/news/opinion/grave-discovery-1-167602