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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
The industrial growth and demise of a Halliwell district told with photographs, maps and archive material relating to Brownlow Fold and Mortfield
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.
An interesting publication which follows the progress of the Bolton Poor Protection Society from its formation in the 1840s until the formation of the Welfare State in the late 1940s.
In 1991 Halliwell Local History Society published a book written by Derek Billington entitled ˜Smithills Hall’. The book was a great success and sold well but has been out of print for several years now. However we have revised and updated it, the print has been enlarged, errors have been corrected and new pictures have been added, many in colour thus making the book at 230 pages, almost twice as thick as the original edition.
The chapters in the book written by Malcolm Howe regarding the Stained Glass Windows and the Carved Heads in the Withdrawing Room have also been updated and he has added an additional chapter on the Armorial Panels which are also in the Withdrawing Room. Malcolm has also very generously contributed towards the cost of publishing, for which we are very grateful.