King Charles III will visit Greater Manchester this week
It will be the first visit from a reigning monarch since 1988
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King Charles III is to visit Bolton later this week to celebrate 150 years of the town hall. The King and Queen Consort, Camilla, are set to arrive in the borough on Friday.
It will be the first time the reigning monarch has been to Bolton since Queen Elizabeth II came for the town’s 150th birthday celebrations in 1988. Their Majesties will be greeted at the town hall - officially opened in 1873 by the then Prince of Wales - by a civic line up including Mayor Coun Akhtar Zaman, leading councillors and local MPs. They will first enjoy watching a performance from the Polonez folk dance group, before entering the town hall - the borough’s long standing municipal headquarters. The pair will walk in via the Hall of Memories - pausing to look at LS Lowry’s famous painting Going to the Match, which was inspired by Bolton Wanderers’ old Burnden Park ground. READ MORE : Prince William asked about Prince Harry's memoir Spare moments after arriving in North West
They will then join a reception in the main hall to meet representatives from several community groups including Bolton Asian Elders, Bolton Holiday Activities and Food Programme and Fortalice. Their Majesties will also be presented with the town hall key before unveiling a plaque commemorating the visit.
As they leave the Hand Made Sign Language choir will perfrom God Save The King to mark their departure. More details of their visit to Greater Manchester are expected in due course.
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King Charles III is visiting Greater Manchester this week
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His Majesty King Charles III will visit Bolton this week to mark the 150th anniversary of its historic town hall.
The royal visit will be the first appearance of a monarch for the area in over 30 years.
On Friday January 20th, King Charles is set to come to Bolton Town Hall which was opened by his great-great-grandfather, the then Prince of Wales, a century and a half ago.
He will be accompanied by the Queen Consort and together they will meet the Mayor of Bolton Akhtar Zaman, as well as Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox and local MPs, before a performance by the traditional Polonez Folk Dance Group.
Inside, the King will stop to look at the famous LS Lowry painting, ‘Going to the Match’, featuring crowds outside Bolton Wanderers’ old home Burnden Park which was bought by The Lowry at auction last year.
He will also attend a reception with representatives from the Bolton Interfaith Council and Solidarity Community Association, Bolton Holiday Activities and Food, Bolton Wanderers in the Community, and domestic abuse charity Fortalice.
Before departure, the King is set to be presented with a key to the town hall and a plaque to commemorate the appearance. The day will conclude with a performance of ‘God Save The King’ by the Hand Made Sign Language choir from the Bolton Deaf Society.
King Charles III took to the throne after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II last year – his coronation will take place in the summer.
All of the details of the appearance, including all of the timings, are yet to be confirmed.
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Former cheerleading coach jailed for abusing three girls
Several victims have been identified
A former cheerleading coach was jailed today after being found guilty of child sex offences, as well as possessing and distributing child abuse images.
Tom Walsh, of Shaw Lane, Prescot was sentenced to 15 years in jail with a further 5 years on license at Bolton Crown Court, after he being convicted of multiple counts of sexual abuse against three girls. The 37-year-old also received a lifetime sexual harm prevention order as well as being registered as a sex offender for life.
He was found guilty of 28 charges relating to sexual offences against children between 2011 and 2020.
For a number of years Walsh was a cheerleader, assisting in the coaching of children, which is where he met two of the victims – the third he groomed online.
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The sexual offences were committed in Manchester and Liverpool, but on top of this Walsh communicated with a number of other girls across the UK to obtain child abuse images from them. The Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCU) launched an investigation into him, with covert officers communicating with Walsh online. He was subsequently arrested on August 20th 2020 on suspicion of possession and distribution of child abuse images.
Numerous indecent images of children were found on Walsh’s device, as well as messages between himself and a number of victims – he primarily used Snapchat to communicate with his victims.
Several victims were identified, including the three girls who were victims of child sexual abuse, with Walsh contacting one victim online when she was just 13-years-old. Two further victims came into contact with Walsh through cheerleading, before being identified during the investigation.
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Detective Chief Inspector Suzanne Keenaghan, GMP’s Designated Force Coordinator for Child Protection in the Public Protection Division, said: “This jail sentence would not have been possible without the courage and strength of the victims and the tireless efforts of the entire investigation team.
“This was an incredibly difficult investigation, but I am pleased the defendant will now finally answer for his despicable actions. Walsh was placed in a position of authority and he professed to be a father figure and friend to his victims, but he was their abuser.
“He was manipulative predatory and exploitative and used typical grooming behaviour to befriend children who were going through difficult times and were vulnerable. He betrayed their trust and inflicted life-long trauma onto children for his own sexual gratification.
“For one victim, cheerleading was supposed to be a safe space but Walsh used it as his hunting ground. He has never shown remorse or recognition for what he has done.
“It’s entirely possible Walsh’s offending could have gone on unchecked and harmed more children were it not for the proactive work of the ROCU team who carried out a covert investigation and brought his despicable crimes to light.”
#JAILED | Former cheerleading coach jailed for child sex offences Today (Monday 5 February 2024) Tom Walsh (DOB: 06/08/1986) of Shaw Lane, Prescot was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to 15 years in jail and a further 5 years on license Read more ➡️ https://t.co/WlSVqlm5u9 pic.twitter.com/T4Brirgtbu — Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) February 5, 2024
She continued: “I also want to commend our own officer Detective Constable Ceri Martin who went above and beyond what was required of her to identify and meet with the victims and spent months earning their trust and supporting them to report what had happened to police. “It is in large part thanks to her efforts that the victims finally have justice today and I am so proud of her and the brilliant people like her that we have in this unit who are doing their utmost to protect children.
“I hope this case also reminds parents and young people of the dangers. Abusers can be people you know and trust and they can take advantage of that trust. I would therefore urge parents and teachers to speak to children and young people about the signs of abuse and spread awareness of how to stay safe online.
“Sexual abuse is never the fault of the victim and no one should feel the need to suffer in silence. It is never too late to tell someone and seek help.”
Teen killers named as Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe. The pair held a dark obsession with murder and torture.
The two teenage killers of Brianna Ghey, known only as Girl X and Boy Y have been named during their sentencing today.
Brianna was stabbed to death 28 times after the pair lured the 16-year-old to Culcheth Linear Park near Warrington, Cheshire, on February 11th last year.
The two teenagers, both 15 at the time, murdered Brianna, who was transgender, in a ‘frenzied and ferocious’ attack before fleeing the scene.
A couple of dog walkers spotted Brianna’s lifeless body lying on the ground of the park, shortly after 3pm, as the girl and boy were seen running away.
Today (Friday, February 2nd), the teenagers have been handed their fate in a sentencing at Manchester Crown Court where their identities have now been revealed as Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe.
A handwritten note was discovered in the bedroom of Girl X during a police search which showed a list of names including Brianna’s. Part of the note read: “ Saturday 11th February 2023. Victim: Brianna Ghey.”
Jenkinson, of Glebeland, Culcheth; and Ratcliffe, of Imperial Drive, Leigh, both now aged 16, were found guilty of Brianna’s murder on Wednesday (December 20th) in a four-week trial held at Manchester Crown Court.
Following the verdict, Brianna’s mother Esther said the pair had not shown an ‘ounce of remorse’ throughout the whole trial and that she had lost ‘all sympathy’ for them.
Jenkinson and Ratcliffe are facing life in prison for the brutal killing of Brianna Ghey.
Brianna went to Birchwood High School where Jenkinson moved to after being ‘excluded’ from Culcheth High School following an incident involving ‘drugs being passed to another kid’.
Brianna trusted Jenkinson and regarded her as a friend, believing they were going to hang out as they had done before on February 11th, 2023.
Prosecutors heard how Jenkinson’s attitude towards Brianna had ‘changed’, and she only ‘pretended to like’ her while devising a plot to kill her.
The murder weapon used was a hunting knife, found by police in Ratcliffe’s bedroom, which was purchased on a skiing holiday in Bulgaria.
Ratcliffe said he used it for self-harm but the blade was found to have Brianna’s blood on it.
He had never met Brianna before, had made hateful comments towards her in the weeks prior to her murder. Ratcliffe referred to Brianna as ‘it’ and asked whether she was a ‘femboy’ or a ‘tr****’.
As he sat in the dock, Ratcliffe scribbled in a Sudoku magazine as the horrifying ‘999’ call made by the dogwalkers who found Brianna’s body was played in court.
Deanna Heer KC told the court that Jenkinson admitted to a psychiatrist that she ‘did enjoy the feeling of stabbing’ of Brianna, and that she ‘did enjoy the feeling of power that it gave her’.
Ahead of the sentencing of Jenkinson and Ratcliffe, Brianna’s mum told the court she had ‘never felt such grief’.
In Manchester Crown Court today, the Judge, Mrs Justice Yip handed the pair their fate as Jenkinson was sentenced to 22 years minimum jail term and Ratcliffe was sentenced to 20 years minimum term.
Jenkinson and Ratcliffe will be detained for at least the amount of time they have each been given, before the Parole Board can decide whether it is safe to release them. After this, they can only be released if they no longer pose a danger.
“If you remain a danger you will serve very much longer than the minimum term and may never be released,” Mrs Justice Yip said.
No serious injuries were reported
The roof of a double decker bus has been ripped off as police close a major road in South Manchester this morning.
The incident happened at around 7.50am on Wilbraham Road near to The Spread Eagle pub in Chorlton.
All emergency services rushed to the scene though there are no reports of serious injuries, Greater Manchester Police have said.
The top deck of a double decker bus has been ripped off after an accident in Chorlton this morning. Thankfully no reports of injury. More in @BBCNWT update at 0910 on BBC One. pic.twitter.com/D7kmacbjo0 — Steve Saul (@StevenSaul) February 2, 2024
Videos posted on social media show the bus with the entire roof, including windows, torn off – as it balances on the exposed seating area of the top deck.
The Stagecoach bus surrounded by smashed glass remains at the scene as Wilbraham Road is currently closed in both directions, near E dge Lane and Oswald Road.
In a statement, a spokesperson for GMP said: “Police were called to reports of a collision on Wilbraham Road in Manchester at around 7:50am this morning (February 2nd 2024), where a bus collided with a tree.”
The force added that no arrests have been made.
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King Charles III charms Bolton during his visit to celebrate a special anniversary
Bolton came to a standstill as His Majesty King Charles III arrived to mark the 150th anniversary of the town hall.
The appearance, part of a tour of Greater Manchester, was the first from a monarch in the town centre in 35 years.
On arrival at the town hall, which was opened by His Majesty's great-great-grandfather a century and a half ago, King Charles and the Queen Consort were welcomed by a line-up including the Mayor of Bolton Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox, council chief executive Sue Johnson and MPs.
After a performance by the Polonez Folk Dance Group, Their Majesties were taken inside to see 'Going to the Match', the LS Lowry work of Bolton Wanderers supporters outside Burnden Park which was bought by The Lowry at auction last year.
Soon to appear in the town again as the centrepiece of a three-month exhibition, it was secured at the Modern British and Irish Art Sale with support from The Law Family Charitable Foundation.
And King Charles was 'a fan', according to the chief executive of The Lowry, Julia Fawcett.
She said: "He was taken with the idea of it coming back to Bolton. I think he might be a fan."
After a conversation with Cllr Cox in front of a bust of Edward VII, the monarch who opened the town hall when he was still Prince of Wales, Their Majesties split up to meet representatives from a number of charities and organisations at a reception.
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Dressed in a single-breasted blue suit, King Charles III seemed in the highest of spirits as he spoke to all the attendees.
Once reunited, Their Majesties were presented with a plaque to commemorate the occasion and asked to sign a book.
"January 20...?" King Charles said, looking around the room for approval before signing. "I knew it was," he added.
The reception concluded with a performance of God Save The King by the Hand Made Sign Language choir.
The crowd cheered as Their Majesties left the town hall and set to speaking with residents and shaking their hands.
Speaking to The Bolton News afterwards, Cllr Cox said: "It was brilliant to see how delighted everyone was to see The King.
"Although he was here for an hour, he got to meet a lot of people who were here to meet him. It was a great day for the town."
Cllr Zaman added: "It was a huge honour to meet The King and Queen Consort. I spoke to people who were waiting since half past eight this morning. It shows how much the visit is valued by the people of Bolton and the surrounding areas.
"It means a lot to Bolton. It puts Bolton on the national and international scene."
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It's to celebrate 150 years of Bolton Town Hall.
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In what is set to be the first time the reigning monarch has been to the town since the late Queen Elizabeth II attended its 150th birthday celebrations all the way back in 1988, it has been confirmed that King Charles III and his Queen Consort, Camilla, are to pay a visit Bolton this Friday.
They are visiting as part of the events planned to celebrate 150 years of Bolton Town Hall, which officially opened in 1873 by the then Prince of Wales.
Their Majesties will be greeted at the town hall by a civic line up – which is set to include Bolton Mayor, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, as well as several other leading councillors and local MPs.
This Friday, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be visiting the Town Hall to start our 150-year anniversary celebrations. 👑 Details of the timings are still to be confirmed. #RoyalFamily #RoyalVisitBolton #TeamBolton @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/uauQXnOMTC — Bolton Council (@boltoncouncil) January 18, 2023
It’s expected that the King and Queen Consort will first get the chance to watch a performance from the Polonez folk dance group, before entering the town hall via the ‘Hall of Memories’ and pausing to look at LS Lowry’s famous painting Going to the Match – which was inspired by the town’s football club, Bolton Wanderers’, old Burnden Park ground.
After this, Their Majesties will then join a reception in the main hall to meet representatives from several community groups – including Bolton Asian Elders, Bolton Holiday Activities and Food Programme, and Fortalice.
They will also be presented with the town hall key, before unveiling a plaque commemorating the visit.
As they leave Bolton Town Hall, the Hand Made Sign Language choir are expected to perform the national anthem, God Save The King, to mark their departure.
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A man who robbed an elderly woman on a mobility scooter in Cheetham Hill has been arrested following a police chase.
It comes after officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to reports of a robbery on Woodlands Road in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester , just after 11pm last Saturday night (3 February).
During the distressing incident, it’s believed that a man approached an elderly woman on a mobility scooter, and “forcibly” stole her bag from her.
He then ran off with “a large amount” of her money, GMP explained.
Police say they were on the scene “immediately” following the reports to support the victim, who was understandably shaken, but was able to brief officers with a description of the suspect.
After receiving information about the suspect’s description, two other police officers then proceed to chased the suspect.
Despite trying to scale a fence during the police chase in a bid to get away from officers, the suspect was eventually stopped in his tracks by as they caught him, and during his struggle trying to escape, he also lost several bank notes.
The man was then detained and searched, GMP has confirmed, and police were able to successfully recover the victim’s bag and her money to return to her.
Following the incident, which GMP has called “cruel and cowardly”, it’s been confirmed that the man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, and he currently remains in police custody for questioning.
#ARREST | Police chase & arrest man who robbed elderly woman in Cheetham Hill. Last night, it’s believed that a man approached a woman on a mobility scooter. He stole her bag & ran off with her money. 🏃Suspect detained & woman's belongings returned. https://t.co/0O3I84JiXT pic.twitter.com/yEsRRGD0vN — Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) February 4, 2024
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The public is being asked for their thoughts on plans to widen the pavements and reduce road widths on a handful of major streets in Manchester city centre.
It’s part of new pedestrian-friendly plans to improve the A34 Salford to Cooper Street corridor.
The stretch of road is one that runs straight through Manchester , and starts from the beginning of the A34 in Salford, right to the junction of Cooper Street – which is adjacent to the Old Town Hall and Cenotaph in the city centre.
Bridge Street, John Dalton Street, and Princess Street and just some of the major roads which form part of the major thoroughfare.
Manchester City Council has described it as a “vital link” in the city centre’s highway network, as it includes several key destinations along the route – including the Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester Courts, and Salford Central railway station.
This is why Councillors are keen to improve the stretch and make it safer for pedestrians.
As part of the Council’s long-term ambition for 90% of peak morning trips into the city centre to be made either by foot, cycle, or public transport before 2040 arrives, a wide range of options are now being explored on how progress can be made on that ambition over the coming years.
Some of these suggested plans include providing more space on pavements for people to walk, widening of pedestrian crossings, new controlled crossings, improving bus stops by increasing space for people to wait, and overall helping public transport to flow more smoothly through the city centre.
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Overall, the Council says it wants to create more “pleasant spaces” for people to spend time in and walk through to key city centre destinations.
“We have lofty ambitions on how we can make the city a vibrant and attractive place to work, visit, and live,” explained Councillor Tracey Rawlins, who is the Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Manchester City Council, as the plans have gone out for consultation this week.
“As part of that, we have to be bold in making changes which will help us improve air quality, as well as improve the experience of people who travel through the city centre. We are in the early stages of a developing a plan for the A34, so I would encourage everyone to look through our plans and make their opinions known to us.”
“Manchester city centre is for everyone which is why we want to hear from as many people as possible.”
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King charles to visit bolton to mark 150th anniversary of town hall.
His Majesty King Charles III is visiting Bolton to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town hall.
It is the first appearance from a monarch in the area in around 35 years.
The late Queen Elizabeth II visited to celebrate 150 years of the Borough of Bolton.
On Friday, King Charles is set to come to the town hall which was opened by his great-great-grandfather, the then Prince of Wales, a century and a half ago.
Accompanied by the Queen Consort, he is set to meet the Mayor of Bolton, Akhtar Zaman, as well as leaders such as Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox and local MPs, before a performance by the Polonez Folk Dance Group.
Once inside the town hall, The King will stop alongside 'Going to the Match', the LS Lowry painting showing crowds outside Bolton Wanderers' old home of Burnden Park which was bought by The Lowry at auction last year.
He will also attend a reception attended by representatives from a number of organisations, including the Bolton Interfaith Council and Solidarity Community Association, Bolton Holiday Activities and Food , Bolton Wanderers in the Community and Fortalice.
Before departure, The King is set to be presented with a key to the town hall and a plaque to commemorate the appearance. The appearance is set to be concluded with a performance of God Save The King by the Hand Made Sign Language choir.
When Queen Elizabeth II visited around 35 years ago, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty opened Market Place and Water Place to the public. She came to Bolton two other times earlier on in her reign, in the 1950s and in the 1960s.
King Charles took to the throne after her death last year, with the coronation later this year.
In response to this appearance, Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox said: "It's fantastic. A lot of people put in a lot of work to make this happen.
"It's been 35 years since the monarch was last in town.
"It's great to have His Majesty here on one of his first engagements.
"It's all to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town hall, which remains the outstanding building in the town centre."
Cllr Cox thanked the Bolton-born Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Diane Hawkins, who he said was 'instrumental' in the visit.
He added: "The council are thankful to her for arranging the visit."
All of the details of the appearance, including all of the timings, are still be to be confirmed.
Published: 19th January 2023
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15 Best Things to Do in Bolton (Greater Manchester, England)
A town with industry in its veins, Bolton began producing textiles when Flemish weavers brought the trade with them in the 1300s.
In the 18th century two local men, Richard Arkwright and Samuel Crompton, discovered ways to lift yarn production to unimagined levels.
The cotton industry departed Bolton in the 20th century, but the town still has some giant brick factories that are now listed monuments, like Swan Lane Mills and Sir John Holden’s Mill.
The whopping steam engines that powered these factories have been assembled at the Bolton Steam Museum, while exquisite late-Medieval manors like Smithills Hall, Hall i’ th’ Wood and Turton Tower take you back to before the industrial age.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Bolton :
1. Bolton Steam Museum
At this museum you can enter one of Bolton’s old industrial giants, in the cotton store of the now demolished Atlas Mill.
Within is an amazing assortment of stationary steam engines that have been rescued from industrial facilities around Manchester, Lancashire, Yorkshire and as far away as Wales.
Most provided power to the vast textile factories.
There are 30 engines in all and most are more than a century old, while the oldest is a Crossfield mill beam engine from 1840. One of many remarkable things about this museum is that most of the machines are in working order, and you can come to feel the heat of the furnaces, see the gears winding and hear the hiss of pressure cylinders at steaming days, taking place five times a year, normally on a weekend late in the month.
2. Bolton Museum
There’s a real sense of ceremony around Bolton Town Hall, and much of this comes from the Neoclassical, crescent-shaped Bolton Civic Centre that opened in 1939. This complex hosts the town’s central library, as well as the museum on the top floor where you can get up to speed on Bolton’s story.
At the time of writing in 2018 the museum was partly closed for the development of a major Egyptology exhibition, by the name of Eternal Egypt.
Opening in December 2018, this will include a full-size reproduction of the burial chamber of Pharoah Thutmose III. In the town’s collections there’s are specimens collected by the eminent Victorian geologist Caroline Birley, dinosaur fossils, portraits of pivotal figures like Crompton and Arkwright.
This is accompanied by ephemera, painting a picture of local life over centuries.
3. Smithills Hall
Be sure to see this sumptuous Medieval manor house wreathed in formal gardens at the namesake country park.
Smithills Hall is owned by Bolton Council and is on raised ground at the edge of the West Pennine Moors.
The property goes back to the 1300s, and the great hall in the north range is from that time and has held onto its original plan and period features.
In this space there are long tables laid out for a banquet, as well as suits of armour, while the adjoining kitchen has vintage utensils like a mangle.
The section of the house from the 16th century has been kept as it would have looked when the bleaching magnate Colonel Ainsworth lived here in the 19th century.
Upstairs is the solar from the 15th century, a bedroom and place for the women of the house to retire, with magnificent furniture from the 1600s to the 1800s.
4. Queen’s Park
Sloping down to the River Croal northwest of the town centre, Queen’s Park is a quintessential Victorian park inaugurated in 1866 and revamped since the 2000s thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The banks of the Croal have been cleaned up and the river is crossed by the cast iron Dobson Bridge.
There’s also a lake, a sunken garden with formal flowerbeds, a children’s play area, tennis courts and a bowling green.
Most dignified is the central terrace, decorated with statues that are listed monuments in their own right.
Carved in the 19th century, these represent important local figures at the time, as well as the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
5. Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum
There’s riveting history at this 16th-century half-timbered manor house.
The name is “Hall in the Wood” in the Lancastrian dialect, and was built for a wealthy woollen merchant.
Later, rather than belonging to one noble family, the house was divided into several separate dwellings and used by families involved in industry.
One former tenant you can find out more about is Samuel Crompton, who invented the spinning mule at this very place around 1779, changing the textiles industry forever.
This allowed unprecedented quantities of fine cotton to be spun at high speed.
There’s an exhibition about Crompton’s career, as well as displays of authentic furniture and everyday items from the 1600s and 1700.
Between Bank Street and the Gothic Revival St Peter’s Church, Chruchgate is a pedestrianised thoroughfare with a few interesting features.
In the middle of the 13th century, this was where Bolton’s first market was located.
Walking towards the church, on your right side is Ye Old Man & Scythe (1251), the oldest pub in Bolton and one of the oldest in the country.
In 1651 the Royalist James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, spent his last night at this establishment and was executed outside the pub for his part in the Bolton Massacre, killing up to 1,600 mainly innocent citizens in 1644 during the Civil War.
Keep going to the churchyard to find the grave of Samuel Crompton, who died in 1827.
7. Bolton Market
In the centre of town on Ashburner Street, Bolton Market is a staggering Victorian iron and glass building that was restored 1980s and again in the 2000s.
When it was first completed the market was the largest in the UK, covering more than 5850 square metres.
Whether you’re here to shop or not, you have to go in to see the cathedral-like proportions, as at its highest point the roof rises to 34 metres.
For a casual browser, the Lifestyle Hall is the place to go, with a patisserie, coffee roaster, real ale bar, a tropical florist and tempting international dining options in the food court.
For produce, the food hall is also surprisingly cosmopolitan, but is also anchored in locally sourced meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables.
Visit Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 09:00 – 17:00.
8. Bolton Town Hall
Part of the same bold ensemble as the Bolton Museum, Bolton Town Hall creates a big impression on the pedestrianised Victoria Square.
This Grade II-listed Neoclassical building went up between 1866 and 1873, and if you’ve been to Leeds or Portsmouth you might notice that their town halls (Guildhall in Portsmouth’s case) look similar, and that’s because they were made using the same template.
The most eye-catching feature is the Corinthian portico, supporting a pediment with an allegorical tympanum relief by the Scottish sculptor, William Calder Marshall.
He was one of the artists commissioned for the famous Albert Memorial in London’s Kensington Gardens.
The portico is crested by a neo-Baroque tower, with a clock made by Potts of Leeds in 1871, chiming on the quarter hour.
9. Rivington Pike
Six miles to the northwest of Bolton town centre, this is a trip worth every second.
At 363 metres and with a clean view over Greater Manchester to the south, and the Lancashire Plain to the west, Rivington Pike is one of the best vantage points in the North West of England.
The drive climbs into high moorland streaked with millstone grit, sandstone and shales.
The summit of Rivington Pike is actually a coal seam that was exploited around the turn of the 19th century.
There are plenty of walking trails to the summit, and if you pick a crisp, sunny day you should be able to see the Lake District, Blackpool Tower, the Welsh mountains and even the Isle of Man.
Near the top is the Pike Tower, a hunting lodge from 1733, built by John Andrews, who resided at Rivington Hall.
10. Turton Tower
Just past Jumbles Country Park, this half-timbered manor house is about halfway between Bolton and Blackburn.
Turton Tower has been constantly adapted since it was first raised as a fortified pele tower in the Middle Ages.
The biggest changes came in the 16th century when it became a plush country house, and lots of Tudor architecture survives from this period, including the wattle and daub walls that you can see inside.
After a period of disuse in the18th century, Turton Tower was restored in Victorian times, and its interior captures the spirit of both the 19th century and Tudor period.
Go in to see one of the best collections of period furniture and paintings in the North West, while the kitchen has been turned into a tearoom loved for its home-baked cakes and bread.
The terrace garden is a joy in summer, while there’s an adventure playground for youngsters.
11. Moses Gate Country Park
What used to be an industrial landscape pitted with mines and home to Victorian bleach and chemical works, is now a restful park in 700 acres.
People head to this space for orienteering, horse riding, cycling and fishing.
There’s an interesting relic from the Moses Gate’s industrial past at Rock Hall, an elegant Georgian mansion built in 1807 beside a long-demolished paper mill.
Rock Hall is the park’s visitor centre, open daily, with a cafe and details about what you can find in the park.
The Nob End nature reserve here has become a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a happy upshot of contamination from the chemical works.
Thanks to the artificially alkaline soils, some species not found in other parts of Greater Manchester thrive in these conditions, like early marsh and northern marsh orchids.
12. Doffcocker Lodge
In the western Doffcocker Lodge, there’s an interesting slice of industrial history now reclaimed by nature.
Doffcocker Lodge is a reservoir for a former water-powered mill, created in 1874. The pond has become a nature reserve for wildfowl, and is well-known among bird-watching communities for the breadth of species that it attracts.
On a typical day in July for example, you could expect to see grey herons, chiffchaffs, calling willow tits, great crested grebes, common terns, reed buntings, sparrowhawks and willow warblers, to name just some.
Of course you could come to this 5.6-acre site for a walk, and you may pass a fisher or two idling by the water.
13. Jumbles Country Park
Just by Turton Tower, on the southern cusp of the West Pennine Moors, Jumbles Country Park opened with the completion of the Jumbles Reservoir in 1971. It may come as a jolt to know that this quiet natural space is only a few short miles from Bolton town centre.
A path runs around the entirety of the reservoir, and in places you can see sheer walls of rock formed by quarrying.
There’s a visitor centre and cafe with a lovely view of the water, while the park is a haven for roe deer, foxes, grey herons, jays and sparrowhawks.
14. Moss Bank Park
In the shadow of the towering Barrow Bridge Chimney, Moss Bank Park has been awarded a Green Flag, the highest honour for a park in the UK. This is all down to the facilities, and if you’re hunting for a low-cost day out for children the park has plenty going in summer.
There’s a small funfair operating from spring to autumn and featuring a small rollercoaster, a bouncy castle, carousels and a crazy golf course.
Close by there’s a miniature railway, running during the school summer holiday.
There’s also a cafe, two large playgrounds, as well as sports pitches, tennis courts and a bowling green.
15. Smithills Open Farm
In 70 acres of open countryside at the Smithills Country Park, next to Smithills Hall, this attraction for kids has more than 25 types of animal.
Being a working farm, these can change from season to season, but you can be sure to see cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, llamas, deer, meerkats, donkeys, sheep, owls, skunks and ducks.
Kids can also learn about where some everyday produce comes from, particularly dairy.
There’s a daily “Old Milking Demo” at 13:00 when you can see a Holstein cow being milked manually, as well as a series of “Robot Milking Demos” at 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:00. At Pets Corner, children can interact with ducklings, kid goats and lambs in spring, while there are also talks throughout the day, introducing some of the more exotic animals like meerkats and reptiles.
15 Best Things to Do in Bolton (Greater Manchester, England):
- Bolton Steam Museum
- Bolton Museum
- Smithills Hall
- Queen's Park
- Hall i' th' Wood Museum
- Bolton Market
- Bolton Town Hall
- Rivington Pike
- Turton Tower
- Moses Gate Country Park
- Doffcocker Lodge
- Jumbles Country Park
- Moss Bank Park
- Smithills Open Farm