Ben Jonson pub up for sale and could be converted into homes

The Ben Johnson

What was the Ben Jonson on Warrington Road at Marus Bridge, is one of the borough’s older hostelry buildings and sits in a prominent position in a densely populated area with few alternatives for drinkers.

Formerly run by the late rugby league star Terry Newton, it later fell on hard times and put up the shutters three years ago.

At the time of its closure, local councillor Pat Holland told the Observer: “It is always a crying shame when pubs like this close. I’ve a number of relatives who have called the Ben Jonson their local down