31 Facts About Bolton


Bolton is a large town in Greater Manchester in North West England, formerly a part of Lancashire.

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Close to the West Pennine Moors, Bolton is 10 miles north-west of Manchester and lies between Manchester, Darwen, Blackburn, Chorley, Bury and Salford.

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Bolton originated as a small settlement in the moorland known as Bolton le Moors.

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Bolton Wanderers football club play home games at the University of Bolton Stadium and the WBA World light-welterweight champion Amir Khan was born in the town.

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In 1067 Great Bolton was the property of Roger de Poitou and after 1100, of Roger de Meresheys.

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The parish church in Bolton has an early foundation although the exact date is unknown; it was given by the lord of the manor to the Gilbertine canons of Mattersey Priory in Nottinghamshire, founded by Roger de Marsey.

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Lever re-endowed Bolton Schools, giving land and his house on Chorley New Road.

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Bolton presented the town with 67 acres of land for a public park which the corporation named Leverhulme Park in 1914.

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In 1889 Bolton was granted County Borough status and became self-governing and independent from Lancashire County Council jurisdiction.

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The County Borough of Bolton was abolished in 1974 and became a constituent part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester.

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The Bolton constituency was represented by two Members of Parliament .

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Under the town twinning scheme the local council have twinned Bolton with Le Mans in France, since 1967, and Paderborn in Germany, since 1975.

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Bolton has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round.

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Bolton is the home of the family bakery, Warburtons, established in 1876 on Blackburn Road.

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The Bolton Innovation Zone is a large £300 million development with the University of Bolton at its core.

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Bolton is well served by the local road network and national routes.

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Bolton Interchange is managed by Northern; the railway station is part of a town centre transport interchange with services to Manchester, Wigan, Southport, Blackburn and intermediate stations operated by Northern and TransPennine Express.

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Bolton College provides further education from sites throughout the borough.

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The Bolton TIC, opened in 2006, supports local schools by providing additional technical training.

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Today, the parish of Bolton-le-Moors covers a small area in the town centre, but until the 19th century it covered a much larger area, divided into eighteen chapelries and townships.

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Church of St Peter, commonly known as Bolton Parish Church, is an example of the gothic revival style.

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St George's Church was built between 1794 and 1796 when Little Bolton was a separate township.

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New Zakaria Mosque, the first mosque in Bolton, served the Muslim community from Pakistan and India from the 1960s.

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Bolton Wanderers F C is an English Football League club which was formed in 1874 and for 102 years played at Burnden Park.

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Bolton Robots of Doom is a baseball club started in 2003, playing home games at Stapleton Avenue.

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An American football team, the Bolton Bulldogs, plays home games at Smithills School operating varsity and junior varsity teams.

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Humphrey Spender photographed Bolton calling it Worktown for the Mass-Observation Project, a social research organisation which aimed to record everyday life in Britain.

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Bolton's photographs provide a record of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.

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Bolton has several theatres including the Octagon and independent groups such as Bolton Little Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre Company.

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Bolton has been used as a setting for film and television drama.

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Bolton is policed by the Bolton Division of Greater Manchester Police.

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