Interestingly, the pub sign’s coat of arms motto Virtuti – Non – Armis – Fido translates as “I Trust in virtue not in arms” is the motto of Lord Gray De Wilton. In 1784 Sir Thomas Egerton, 7th Baronet, was created Baron Grey de Wilton. The Egerton’s were the owners of the Tatton Park Estate and his descendent Lord Egerton of Tatton was chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company. He that turned the first sod in the building of the canal. It is opined that the Egerton Arms derives its name from that family.
Many years ago The Egerton Arms was a Joseph Holt pub with some of pub signage still bearing Joseph Holt’s branding.
The current owners, Taylor Entwisle, took over the premises in December 2015, with one of the main shareholders being the North West’s own real ale champion, Phil Entwisle (ref Top Lock at Wheelton; The Swan at Ulverston; The Bottom Spinners in Adlington). Salford born Roy Seers family ran the pub for almost three decades prior to this.