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Updated December 21, 2016 9:03 PM

Photo from my album 2007

After school we would have a kickabout with a few mates in the sqaure at the front of the school and had to climb up the downspouts in our turns to retrieve the ball from the roof. then Harry Scott who lived in Lever St opposite Tommy taylors mill would take us down their cellar to see the coffins being made by his father. always tried to get next to Harry when in double file we marched to High St baths for the weekly swimming lesson past one of his aunts in Platt St who furtively always gave us a biscuit. I remember the big adventure when we would nip across Fletcher St dodging Mr Smiths playtime patrol and the trams to Dysons toffee shop.
Leonard Bellis Class of 1935

1872 Aug 24th Two milkmen have been fined for adulteration. As there may be some milkmen in Bolton who do not adulterate, it is only right to them that we should give the names of those the magistrates have convicted for selling water and milk for pure milk. They are John Ibison, Brick st, and Richard Aspden, of Lever St.

1872 A dreadful tussle took place between a burglar and a married woman named Parr, in a bedroom in a house in Lever-street. For the past three weeks, Mr James Parr, coachbuilder, 240, Lever-street, has been in London on business, and on Sunday night, he was expected to return home, Mrs Parr and several children going to the station to meet him. He, however, did not arrive, and the family retired to rest, a boy named James Parr, aged 15, sleeping with his mother in the front room, and the remainder of the other children, five in number, in other rooms in the house. About four o'clock in the morning, Mrs Parr was awoke by the falling of a box lid in the room, and, thinking it was her husband returned, called out 'Is that you, James?' A man's voice replied 'Not a word', and in the dim morning light she could distinguish the form of a man standing over her with an upraised poker.
Mrs Parr rushed out of bed and clutched the man by the throat, but the fellow got loose and hit her on the head with the poker, back onto the bed. She told the burglar that no money was kept upstairs, and he went downstairs. Mrs Parr threw up the bedroom window, and getting upon the ledge outside screamed 'Murder' at the top of her voice. Her cries shortly attracted the attention of a neighbour, who entered the house. In the meantime the boy, emulating his mother's bravery, leaped from a back room window onto the roof of a stable, for the purpose of intercepting the escape of the burglars, but he was only just in time to see four men decamp by the back door and run down the street. The police have information of the affair, and it is to be hoped the perpetrators of the outrage will not long be at large.

Here again, we are with the Lever family which shared the lordship of the manor of Great bolton with four other families prior to the enclosure of Bolton Moor in 1792. It was James Lever who surrendered his manorial rights at that time.
The Levers are an old family in Bolton and district, and there are many branches, including that of the Viscounts Leverhulme.
They gave their name to Great lever, Little Lever and Darcy Lever.
Up to the 16th century the main local branch resided at Great Lever Hall.
Members of the family have been connected with the Bolton Grammar School since it's foundation, Robert Lever, of Darcy Lever, being it's second founder, and the family crest, cock and trumpet, is consequently, the crest of Bolton School.
The street connects Manchester Rd with High St , but the elevated footbridge at the Manchester Rd end prevents it's use as a wheeled transport thoroughfare.
Formerly, before the railway was considerably widened at that point the road ran right through over Lever St bridge, which was then the width of the street itself.
William Hesketh Lever (photo as Mayor of Bolton), who founded Lever Brothers, which went on to become one of the largest soap-making companies in the world, was born on 19 September 1851 at 16 Wood Street, Bolton.

 

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