HLHS Articles

Newspapers in Bolton in the 19th Century

The Bolton Herald is recognised as the first known newspaper in Bolton, it was first published on 1st May 1813, price 6.1/2d by J Hurtley at the Herald Office, Deansgate. Unfortunately, it did not survive very long, but we do not know the date of its demise. The Bolton Reflector

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Our Moorland Highways – The “Great Road” from Halliwell to Rivington

The following article was discovered with the late Derek Billington’s unpublished manuscript about Turnpike Roads in Bolton. It is possibly one of the ‘Truth’ pamphlets of Solomon Partington. In 1896 Mr Ainsworth of Smithills Hall decided to close Coalpit Road leading up to the Moors over Winter Hill. Solomon Partington

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Pool Place

The following is taken from a newspaper article 4th August 1939. Author unknown. The subject of this week’s article lies around and about the new and the old Church Roads, centring on Pool Place, a district which has now, as a matter of fact, become well-known for its sporting facilities.

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Post Offices

My attention was recently drawn to a news item about Post Offices. It is proposed from the year 2003 to pay benefits and pensions into bank accounts rather than in cash at the Post Office. Fears were expressed, quite rightly, that this could lead to the closure of some rural

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Request for information about the family of Eric Ogden

We are receiving a large number of letters requesting help from people researching their family tree, and whilst we are happy to help in any way we can, we are not in a position at the moment to research specific family names. We will continue to publish as space permits

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Rounders, A Popular Game

Anyone living in or around Bolton in the 1930s and the 1940s knew, or was related to, someone who worked in the cotton industry. The mill owners made sure that they got full value for money from their employees, but in many cases they provided recreational or sporting facilities for

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Saxon remains in Halliwell

There are some. One of the methods people use to understand the ages of places is to analyse the place-names. Certain words come from different historical periods and the word ‘Bolton’ suggests a Saxon origin. The ‘ton’ suffix is Saxon for a town although probably nowadays we would call their

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Schooling in Halliwell

Three happenings in Halliwell were recently reported in the Bolton Evening News and I feel we should record these for the benefit of future local historians. Oxford Grove C.P. School and Halliwell Library have closed. A new school has been built in Shepherd Cross Street on the playing field opposite

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