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The
Town & Borough of Bolton
In the Greater Manchester Metropolitan County


Bolton Road Signage

Bolton Town Hall
Bolton Town Hall

St Peters Parish Church, Bolton
The Parish Church
of St Peters, Bolton-le-Moors

The Crescent,  Bolton
The Crescent

Bolton Town Hall
Bolton Town Hall

The
town of Bolton has one of the best and most expensive Town Halls
in Britain – opened by the then Prince of Wales, (later Edward VII)
in 1873, which, backed by the beautiful stone crescent behind, is
reminiscent in many ways of the city of Bath. With its two guardian
stone lions and columned Greek facade, its opening contrasted markedly
with the slum poverty around it and it came in for much criticism
on this account.

The
adjacent concert hall, the Albert Halls, built in 1873, was destroyed
by fire in 1981, but rebuilt and reopened in 1985; it features a
beautifully ornate ceiling and a majestic organ, and took over £3
million to restore as an entertainments complex. After the town
hall fire, the high ceilinged Albert Hall (singular) was divided,
horizontally, into two, and is now known as the Albert Halls (plural).
Here they host weekly dancing sessions, classical and big band concerts,
amateur theatre productions, pantomime and children’s entertainments.


One of Bolton’s most celebrated natives is
Samuel Crompton
,
inventor of the Spinning Mule in 1779. This invention was to increase
output in the textile industry fivefold within a decade of its introduction,
though Crompton himself, evidently a poor businessman, sold the
rights to it for the sum of £60.

Other
Bolton celebrities include: the late TV celebrity steeplejack Fred
Dibnah
, comedian Peter
Kay
and filmstars Frank
Finlay
, Ian McKellan, and Robert
Shaw
.
See also: Complete Local Celebrities List.

Bolton
Parish Church, St. Peter’s, Bolton-le-Moors, virtually a cathedral,
is well worth visiting. Consecrated in 1871 it cost £45,000.

One
of Bolton’s oldest is Smithills Hall which dates back to the 14th
century and perhaps much earlier. Over the years this old manor
house has belonged to several different families. First recorded
was one William de Radclyffe way back in the mid 14th century. It
is recorded that in 1485 a Cecily Radclyffe married her second cousin
John Barton, and thereby came into ownership of Smithills
Hall
.


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This page last updated 27 Apr 09.