Bolton is a large town situated in Lancashire, in
the north west of England, with a population of about 261,000. The
current Metropolitan Borough of Bolton was created in 1974 and
encompasses the townships of Bolton, Farnworth, Kearsley, Horwich,
Westhoughton, Little Lever, Blackrod and South Turton, all of which
retain their own unique characters, identity and history.
Bolton itself boasts a magnificent Town Hall,
pedestrian-friendly shopping streets, an acclaimed theatre and a
new University. The beauty of the moorland countryside within (and
surrounding) the Borough may come as a pleasant surprise to those
still expecting factory chimneys and clogs...
Bolton has always been a town that made things. In
the famous and pioneering Mass Observation study carried out
between 1937 and 1940 it was known as Worktown. In its heyday as an
industrial manufacturing town the skyline was indeed a forest of
chimneys, most of which served the textile industry, of which
Bolton was a world-famous centre. Heavy engineering, foundries,
bleaching, tanning and coal mining were also major employers. Very
few of the chimneys - or old industries - now remain.