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Pieces of History is a collection of short historical stories inspired by my friends and colleagues at the Halliwell Local History Society.
Bert Jones was the biggest contributor to the Society magazine The Little Piecer over its thirty year history. Alan Simpson has selected a fine collection of 10 of these gems of Local History from one of the best writers of this genre.
The history of the places and people covered by the journey taken by a matchstick from the tributaries of the Smithills moor along the Dean and Astley Brooks, The Tonge, Croal, Irwell and Mersey rivers to the sea.
A teacher’s memories of the school from 1963 to 1970
Boyhood memories of Darcy Lever from 1942 to 1960
The charted history of the Halliwell holywell from 1748 to 1850
Join Alan on his one mile walk from The Finishers Arms on Church Road Bolton, following Chorley Old Road, the original toll road joining Bolton to Preston and the north and ending at The Bob’s Smithy Inn high above Bolton as it would have been around 1900, visiting over 50 historical sites and the interesting people that he met along the way.
The industrial growth and demise of a Halliwell district told with photographs, maps and archive material relating to Brownlow Fold and Mortfield
Alan Simpson, the author, is a member of our Society.
Alan was a lad growing up in the thriving, vibrant community of Brownlow Fold, Bolton throughout World Two and the Peacetime that followed.
This is a collection of memories and short stories of childhood friendship and many adventures in this close knit community, often described by some of the older folk as “The Village”.
It comprises seventy stories and many fascinating photographs.
Signed by the Author on request
Another interesting publication which follows the progress of the Bolton Mother & Child Welfare Association from its formation in the early 1900’s again until the formation of the Welfare State in the late 1940’s.