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Coat of Arms of Bury

Bury Coat of Arms

Bury’s Coat of Arms contains aspects and symbols taken from all six of its
constituent towns – Ramsbottom, Tottington, Bury, Radcliffe, Whitefield
and Prestwich. The Motto reads “Forward In Unity”. On the Arms itself,
the centre ‘X’ (the saltire) shows lines interwoven, a reference to
its textile history, and it is surrounded by the leaves of a papyrus
plant to represent paper-making. The ram’s and bullock’s heads on either
side of the shield were taken directly from the crests of Ramsbottom
and Tottington respectively.
The fact that the principal colour of the shield is silver alludes to
Whitefield. The supporting creatures are taken from the crests of Radcliffe
and Prestwich and represent 2 of their old established families, the
Radcliffes and the Egertons. They wear the red rose of Lancashire and
a blue cogwheel, to represent the county and the once great industrial
base of Bury.

Bury Corporate Logo
Bury Corporate Logo

mythic wyverne creature which surmounts the Arms is seated in a six
castellated crown to represent the six towns. The town’s Corporate Symbol
(below left) also incorporates this theme, with six ‘bs’ representing
the six towns, arranged to form a Lancashire Rose, the emblem of the
Until the metropolitan borough reorganisations of the early 1970s, Bury
was firmly set in Lancashire, (rather than Manchester), and many local
people still regard themselves as Lancastrians.

Lancashire Light Railway

Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY
Tel: 0161-764 7790 (weekends) & 0161-705 5111 (weekdays)

East Lancs Railway LogoSteam Engine on East Lancashire RailwayEast Lancs Railway Steam Engine at Ramsbbottom Station

quote ELR’s own literature “a trip on the East Lancashire Railway is
a journey back in time”. If the age of steam is to your taste then a
trip on a steam train through the beautiful Rossendale Valley could
be just the ticket.
The original rail line was opened in 1846 to link the Manchester to
Bolton line with Radcliffe, and continued along the Irwell Valley to
Rawtenstall. But the Rawtenstall-Bury line failed to maintain viable
goods and passenger traffic so that it would have been closed down and
dismantled, had it not been for the East Lancs Preservation Society.
With some help from Bury and Rossendale Councils, the line was reopened
in 1987.
Nowadays, you can travel the line on original steam (and occasionally
diesel) rolling stock, through several picturesque station halts which
have retained all the charm and nostalgia of the bygone age which they
represent. The line runs a regular weekend steam passenger service from
January to November, and a round trip return ticket is well worth purchasing.


Trains operate on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, with many specialist
events and enthusiasts weekends. Weekday services also operate on weekdays
in August. Phone to check on times. The full one-way trip includes stops
at Bury, Summerseat, Ramsbottom, Irwell Vale, and Rawtenstall. Return
or one-way tickets avaiable with concessionary reductions for senior
citizens and children. Children under 5 go free. Day rover tickets also


Trains are available for private charter. Contact the Passenger Manager
(Tel: 0161 764 7790)


For a nostalgic evening of wine food and steam, telephone 0161 764 7790
for details.


Operate in December. Booking forms are available at ELR stations from
August, or by post on receipt of SAE.


Join the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society to become involved
with volunteers in the running and operational aspects of ELR. Members
benefits include good concessions on fares, and access to the many events
that take place during the year. Subscription rates currently about
�10.00 for one year’s full membership, lower for junior members and
senior members, and a life membership is around �200.00. (Check – prices
may have changed).
Contact: The Membership Secretary, East Lancs. Railway Preservation
Society, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0EY. Telephone:
0161 764 7790 weekends or 0161 705 5111 weekdays.

Museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers

Fusiliers Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF. Tel: 0161-763 8950.
Email: Website:

New Location and Main Entry

museum traces the 300 year history of the Lancashire Fusiliers from
1688 to 1968. On display is a great deal of important military memorabilia
including items which belonged to James Wolfe, the Battle of Minden,
Napoleonic relics, mementoes of the Crimean War, the Battle of Omdurman,
South African memorabilia of the 1914-18 Great War, and more generally
of the Second World War. There is also a collection of military uniforms
from Waterloo (1814) to the present day, and a unique collection of
medals and silver which includes 4 Victoria Crosses, from 1688 to the
present day.
Access to archive material is possible to serious scholars for research
purposes by prior arrangement. An entry charge is payable.
Telephone for opening times. The Museum is located on the right hand
side of the main A58 road from Bury to Bolton, just over 1 mile from
the Bury Town Hall.

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