The assault of the Royalist troops of Lord Derby
on Bolton during the Civil War (1643-1644) was by way of Manchester
Rd. The troops approached by the way of Bolton Moor and Great Lever.
A mud wall the surrounded the narrow limits of the town, and the
Bradshaw Gate in it had three sconces, or earthworks, "The enemy
took an house that joined the Mud Wall, and had windows above it. .
.and a Stable that opened into the street." states a contemporary
Manchester Rd has thus played an important part in Bolton's history.
In the days of toll bars the Moses Gate and Kearsley Trust controlled
the road, and the Moses Gate turnpike was the most important about Bolton
on account of the volume of goods carried from Bolton mills to Manchester
The town end of the road, from what is now Trinity St to Orlando
St , was named Bradford Place in the early days of the 19th century,
Newport House demolished in the 1930s stood there. Where once the L.M.S
Railway Company's warehouse stood was a group of houses known as The
Height, with Highfield House, Newport Terrace and Bradford Place between
it and Orlando St .
The coming of the railway to Manchester in 1838, caused much change
and development along the west side of the road, then mainly fields.
Many residential houses were built along that side.
Great Lever Hall, the old Chapel of which which stood on the east
side of the road, was long held by the Lever family, and was purchased
from the Assheton family by John Bridgeman, Bishop of Chester, about
the year 1629. He was the ancestor of Earls of Bradford.
The Moses gate toll bar was abolished in 1876.
used to walk up Manchester Rd collecting Blackberries , my Polish
friends used to make wine or jam from them, we used to eat more
Blackberries than we harvested in those days because as kids we
could never really get enough to eat. However when I saw the fly
maggots that crawled out of them later I was sick in a big way.
Colin Anforth Class of 1960
Ex St Marks School/Church
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Janet Ball, Michael Arthur Ball, Susan Alice Ball, Ann Marie Charlton,
Eric Dixon, Jack Dixon, Lee Andrew Holden, Ava Mulroonie, Susan Ann Stewart,
Lavinia Ann Stott, Joanne Tillotson,
King William IV
Michael Clare, Peter Clare,