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Projects

Bolton FHS has a long history of undertaking Project Work and this has resulted in more than 40 Bolton specific documents/databases in the Online Data area of the MLFHS webpages. A list of all the completed Bolton projects can be found in the Members Area / Document Collection. There is usually transcribing work available, the size of which varies, and it normally involves use of an Excel worksheet specifically designed for that job.

A long-running project to transcribe the Creed Registers of the Bolton Workhouse has been completed. These registers recorded the name, religion, age, dates of arrival and departure, and other details of the inmates. The records were photographed and then transcribed into Excel worksheets. The photographs were of pages ranging in size from A4 to A3.

On 6th April 2024, the final 6,444 names were added from the Turton Workhouse for the years 1837 to 1861. This project has now been completed, bringing the total number of workhouse records to over 130,000.

The results can now be viewed in the Great Database, which is available to all members.

Bolton Workhouse, Creed Registers

A project is curently in progess to add nonconformist records for Pikes Lane Methodist Chapel (includes the chapels at Green Street and Moss Street, later renamed Fern Street), Edgworth Independant Chapel and the Westhoughton Bethel independent Chapel. Some of these records have already been uploaded as detailed below.

A project has also recently been started to add the records for St. Marys of the Assumption, a.k.a. St. Marias, which was on Palace Street Bolton. This is part of the work being done by the MLFHS Catholic Recording Group

Latest Additions to Bolton Projects

18th June 2024 - The latest batch of Bolton area nonconformist records added to the Great Database is 1,024 baptisms at Independent Chapel, Horrocks Road, Edgworth, 1807-1837.


18th June 2024 - A small collection (41) baptisms for Westhoughton Bethel Independent Chapel 1826-1837 have been added to the Great Database


17th June 2024 - A collection of 755 baptisms from Pikes Lane Methodist Chapel (includes the chapels at Green Street and Moss Street, later renamed Fern Street) have been added to the Great Database


6th April 2024 - The final 6,444 names were added from the Turton Workhouse for the years 1837 to 1861. This project has now been completed, bringing the total number of workhouse records to over 130,000.


22nd March 2024 - Another addition to the Great Database. This is a list of 1,183 persons present in the Bolton, Fletcher Street Workhouse 1820-1833, originally transcribed by Julie Lamara. The records give age, occupation or condition, and the date on which they were recorded as present.


6th February 2024 - Added an impressive 33,154 records to the Great Database. These consist of the admission and discharge registers of the Fletcher Street Workhouse in Bolton 1837-1861 (when it was replaced by the Fishpool Workhouse). They marry up well with the much larger transcript of the Fishpool Workhouse Creed Books to provide a (mostly) continuous record of Bolton's poor from 1837 to 1911, a total in excess of approaching 130,000 records

Volunteering Opportunities

The Bolton FHS is run by a happy band of volunteers and we are extremely grateful to all of them for their contributions, be they individually small or substantial. 

Our volunteers make the society what it is. Highlighting local collections values the work done by our volunteers and the difference they have made, whether working in teams or individually, to transcribe large and small archives for the benefit of both members and non-members

You too can contribute to the running of the Society by becoming a Volunteer. To discover more, contact any Committee Member at any Bolton FHS meeting, or the Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in helping with transcribing, please contact the Project Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bolton's Heritage

Hall i' th' Wood

Image reproduced with permission from David Whenlock

Hall i' th' Wood is an early 16th-century manor house in Bolton. It is a Grade I listed building and is currently used as a museum by Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council.

Originally built as a half-timbered hall in the 16th century and owned by wealthy yeomen and merchants, after 1697 the Hall was rented out to various tenants.

It was during this period that a young Samuel Crompton came to live there with his parents. In 1779 he invented his Spinning Mule, which revolutionised the cotton industry.

Further reading: Wikipedia & Bolton Library and Museum Services