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Keeping in Touch

Whilst it is to be regretted that the Bolton FHS does not have any permanent premises to call home, we can be contacted between meetings in the following ways:

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The Bolton Family History Society gratefully acknowledges the use of the Humphrey Spender photographs from the Bolton Library and Museum Service Collection, Bolton Worktown, Photography and Archives from the Mass Observation.

The Worktown Archive is a unique historical document of everyday life in Bolton and the first Mass Observation study to take place in Britain. 

Where indicated, other images are from the Museum's Local History Collection.

We are also grateful to David Whenlock and Peter Lodge for permission to use postcard images taken from the Facebook page 'Bolton Lancashire Folk'.

Bolton's Heritage

Little Bolton Town Hall

Little Bolton Town Hall is a municipal building in All Saints Street, in Bolton. The structure, which was the meeting place of the trustees of Little Bolton, is a Grade II listed building.

The building was designed by John Thompson of Blackburn in the neoclassical style, built by a local contractor, Thomas Heaton, at a cost of £3,000 in ashlar stone and was officially opened on 7 February 1828.

Although Little Bolton was absorbed into the new municipal borough of Bolton in 1838, the building became the regular meeting place of Bolton Corporation, and remained so until the new town hall was completed in 1873. It continued to serve as a magistrates' court and a police station until November 1876.

A private house was built at the north end of the complex in 1840. A link block between the town hall and the private house was added around 1876, allowing the complex to be converted for use as a public library. It remained in that use from 1879 until the early 20th century and then served purely as a store for many years before operating as a local history museum from 1978 to 1993.

After significant deterioration in the fabric of the building, it was placed on the Heritage at Risk Register. It was then acquired by two entrepreneurs who initiated a programme of restoration works, allowing the building to be brought back into use as a café, bar and events venue. The first stage of the development opened for use in April 2019.

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