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Local History Groups

Family history and local history are closely connected because the lives of families help tell the story of a community. When we look at family history, we learn about the personal experiences of people who lived in a particular place. Local history, on the other hand, shows us the bigger picture of what was happening in that area over time. By combining both, we get a fuller understanding of how individual lives and local events shaped each other. This makes the history of a place richer and more complete, showing how personal stories fit into the broader community history.

There are a number of local history groups in the Bolton area that hold regular meetings for members and none members.


Turton Local History Society

Turton Local History Society was established in 1974 with the aim of promoting an interest in history in general and of their own area in particular by discussion, research and record.

Their area, the old Urban District of Turton, includes the ancient Townships of Bradshaw, Edgworth, Entwistle, Harwood, Longworth, Quarlton and Turton (which includes Bromley Cross, Chapeltown, Eagley and Egerton).

Meetings: Illustrated talks and meetings are held from August to April inclusive on the fourth Thursday of the month, at Harwood Methodist Church, Longsight, Bolton BL2 3HX beginning at 7.30pm.

Website: https://www.turtonhistory.com

Publications: https://www.turtonhistory.com/2016/10/publications.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/turtonhistory

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Next Event

Thursday 25th July 7.30pm at Harwood Methodist Church – Upcoming walk -  Harwood Heritage Walk with guide Peter Firth


Westhoughton Local History Group

Meetings: Meetings are held on the third Thursdays of the month at Westhoughton Library, Library St, Westhoughton. BL5 3AT beginning at 10:30am

Website: https://westhoughtonlocalhistorygroup.com

Publications: http://westhoughtonhistorygroup.org.uk/Westhoughton_History_Group/Publications.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilWLHG

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Next Event

Thursday 18th July 2024  - Prisoners, Aliens and Refugees – by Marianne Howell.


Horwich Heritage

Meetings: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at Horwich Heritage Centre,Beaumont Road (off Longworth Road), Horwich. BL6 7BG beginning at 7:30pm

Website: https://www.horwichheritage.co.uk/index.php

Publications: https://www.horwichheritage.co.uk/publications.php

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/horwichheritagecentre/

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Next Event

Tuesday 13th August 2024 - Stuart Elliott - English Village from 1750 to Present


Halliwell Local History Society

Meetings: Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at St. Luke’s Church, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 4J beginning at 7:30pm.

Website: https://halliwell-lhs.co.uk/

Publications: https://halliwell-lhs.co.uk/books/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100070130078980

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Next Event

Tuesday 30th July – Peter Snape -  Cotton Town Chronicles.