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Crook St

Updated December 21, 2016 9:04 PM

Here the name has become corrupted. It was named after one of the lords of the manor of Great bolton, Samuel Crooke.
After the enclosure of the Bolton Moor in 1792, the main roads and streets on it were given the names of the five manorial lords.

Little is known about Samuel Crooke. In 1746 he obtained a faculty as owner of the "Swann Inn," to take up and remove two forms or stalls, and in room thereof to erect one handsome and convenient pew.

Crook St was not a newly planned street, as were others, It's present alignment already existed as a rural road before the enclosure of the Moor, and it had half-a-dozen or so dwellings along it, including the picturesque cottages at Sweet Green.

Sweet Green house, where the eccentric Parson Folds lived, was opposite Hick Hargreaves works.

Even after the first quarter of the 19th century not much of the street was built along.

The old houses on the left from Great Moor St end which were demolished in the late 1930s were probably built about the end of the 18th century. They were interesting examples of a type of domestic architecture of the period, and at the time many thought it was a pity they could not be preserved.

The Railway came to the street in 1828, two years before the Liverpool-Manchester railway was opened.It crossed the street from Great moor St to the pits at Hulton, and was soon afterwards extended to Leigh.

All the site has now been redeveloped more than once gone making way for car parks and retail park, but the Sweet Green Tavern stills remains there today.

1948 September 24th
A runaway railway wagon crashed through the wall at Crook St. goods yard, Bolton, in the early hours of today, hurling about 20ft. of the wall into the footpath and roadway. Luckily there were few people about at the time, and no-one was injured. The accident took place near the spot where, in December last year, a railway van crashed through the hoardings into Crook St. after a goods train had got out of control descending the gradient from Daubhill.

1973 August 20th
The cellar ran dry last night an hour before the licence ran out at the Parkfield Inn, Crook Street, where the licensee and her customers were celebrating her retirement after 50 years at the pub. Diminutive, spritely, and all but teetotal, Mrs Annie Hamer continued on her bitter lemons when the regulars turned to sherry and ports after the pumps ran dry. The popular "local" is to be demolished to make way for the southern limb of Bolton's inner relief road.

Ex St Marks School/Church
Hargreaves House

Georgina Matthews, Cecilia Rollinson,

Photo courtesy of Closed Pubs

'Church Hotel'

Ian Charles Atherton,

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