About

The Hingemakers Arms is located on Heath Road in Ashton-in-Makerfield and is very close to the town’s other bars and restaurants. 

Although a relatively small town, Ashton-in-Makerfield boasts over 10 pubs and a similar number of restaurants including Indian, Chinese, Italian, etc.

For those who wondered, but never thought (or bothered) to ask, the name Ashton is derived from Old English and means the "farmstead where the ash-trees grow"; Makerfield is a combination of the Celtic for a wall or ruin and the Old English word feld, meaning "open land".

Although Ashton has always had a strong connection with the coal industry, the pub’s name is based on the town’s major historic manufacturing industry. Back in the late 18th century the area around Heath Road was well known for the number of local blacksmiths and locksmiths making hinges, hardware and stock locks - all by hand in their own homes. Working from home/remote/hybrid working isn't a new post-pandemic thing after all.

In 1866 Thomas Crompton founded his hingemaking company when he purchased the bankrupt hinge and builders' hardware company where he had originally worked as a salesman. Over the years the business became the town’s biggest employer with over 1200 staff and saw the building of a new £1 million factory on Gerard Street in 1976. 

In time the business was acquired by GKN but as with many manufacturing businesses the factory is no more, leaving the Hingemakers Arms to carry forward the town’s once famous profession. 

Useful Information

  • Close to town centre and just 10 minutes walk to Haydock Racecourse
  • Over 10 other pubs and eating establishments within walking distance 
  • Darts and Pool table
  • All major Sporting events shown on TV including Sky Sports, BT Sport and the Racing Channel
  • Haydock Park Racecourse - on race days the pub has become a popular stopping off point both before and after the races, where good atmosphere, proper beer and good grub at decent prices can be found
  • Parking – the pub's car park is sufficiently large to provide parking for over 20 cars with more spaces on the road outside
  • Ashtonians – a regular meeting place for the local football team 
  • South facing beer garden and barbeque area
  • Covered and heated smoking area – including comfortable seating
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