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Fletcher St

Updated December 21, 2016 9:04 PM

Photo courtesy of Bolton Revisited

Photo from my album

2007 May 4th
The sweet shop on Fletcher Street (April 26) brought back very nostalgic memories, as my husband and I started married life there in 1959. My husband's mother and step-father owned the shop. They were called Frankland and we rented the living accommodation from them at £1-10s a week. On Saturday afternoons there were hordes of children buying sweets off the penny tray to take to the Ritz cinema opposite. A lady called Fox owned the shop before them and after my mother-in-law died it was sold to Edna Smith (no relation).
Mrs J Smith

Col Ralph Fletcher was born 1758, and died in 1832 at the age of 74.
His life, therefore spanned a most absorbing and important period of Bolton through and after the Industrial Revolution which so completely changed the face of Bolton.
He was probably the best known local citizen of his time. He was one of the most active of magistrates. In 1803 he raised a regiment of Volunteers, and commanded them until 1815. He lived at The Hollins, Radcliffe road.
His cenotaph on the south wall of the Parish Church (it was transferred from the old church) commemorates that "through many years of difficulty and danger" he "faithfully served his King and his country."
Fletcher St, which was planned when Bolton Moor was enclosed in 1792, was named in honour of him, He was, in fact, one of the three commissioners appointed under the Act for setting out, allotting, enclosing and disposing of the commons and grounds according to the Act.

Opposite to it over 170 years ago was the Great Bolton Reservoir No1, belonging to the then Bolton Free Water Works. The Mather St Mill of Messrs. Hollas, at the Derby St end was then known as Martin Mill, being run by William Martin and Son.
1810 a town workhouse was built in Fletcher Street in Bolton
The Fletcher St. Methodist Chapel was opened in 1819, and was the second oldest surviving Methodist Chapel in the town in the 1930s.
St Marks School and the Church have their own History page,

Ex St Marks School/Church

Head Master William Webster
Treasurer E. O. Booth

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Cloggers Shop

Brian Grundy, George Grundy, George Frederick Grundy,

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