Welcome to Halliwell Local History Society

This month we have Ray Jefferson with his talk on The Bridgeman and Bradford Estates.

Meeting starts 7.30 pm on the 28th of November at St Lukes, everybody welcome.

Dedication of the commemorative plaque for our late secretary Margaret Koppens will take place in the Parterre Garden at Smithills Hall on Saturday 2nd of December at 11.00 am.

All Souls are having issues with the heating system so we may be unable to run this month’s Reminiscence group. We will update this post when we have more information.

The next meeting of the Reminiscence Group will be at All Souls Astley St. on the 6th of December at 10.00 am. Why not come along for a coffee and a chat?

Halliwell Local History Society was formed in 1986 by a group of people who were intent on recording and keeping alive the history of the Halliwell Township. Our first Chairman was the late Derek Billington, a local historian with a wealth of knowledge of Bolton and Halliwell in particular. He was the author of several books and many articles and an avid collector of anything connected with Bolton. His devotion to research and recording his work along with a large collection of old photographs and maps, which he collected, formed the basis of our Society.

Since those early days we have had to move our meeting place twice due to the growing numbers of people attending our monthly meetings and now we have on average 50+ regular members. We also have members in all parts of the country and the world who receive our bi-monthly magazine ‘The Little Piecer’. We have followed in Derek’s footsteps by publishing several books about Halliwell. One of our members conducts two reminiscence groups locally and we are quite often asked to help promote events by City Challenge, the Central Library, local schools and various other bodies, who are aware of our large collection of photographs and archive material which we are always happy to display.

We try to have our own Local History Fair once every two years and this is always well attended. Please visit our newly installed News Page for up dates on developments.

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Halliwell Local History Society Meet on the last Tuesday of each month at St. Luke’s Church, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 4JE. The meetings start at 7-30pm and everyone is welcome