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Radcliffe Rd

Updated December 22, 2016 2:07 PM

Photo circa 1900 - 1910 courtesy of Bolton Museums

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Once it was the main road to Radcliffe, but now that place is much conveniently reached by way of Bury rd. and at at one time by Ainsworth rd.
It has evolved from a mere field path, which began at what was in the early 1800s, known as lane ends, where Mule st, now joins Bury Old rd.
In it's early days it was known as Haulgh Lane from Lane Ends to Hag Lane End; which latter is where Higher Darcy st now joins the road.
The steep descent to Lever Bridge was known as Hag End Brow. Hag End Fold has long disappeared, it stood where Wardle st and Bentley st now intersect each other.

Until 1898 the Bolton boundary was at Lever Bridge, but the extension of the borough then brought in Darcy Lever, and a still larger portion of what had, about the middle of the 19th century become known as Radcliffe rd.
160 years ago there were only about half a dozen houses along it from lane Ends to Hag End. These included Haulgh Cottage, High Bank, Vale bank, The Hollins and Wheatfield. Wheatfield St was then known as Slater Lane.

The Cinema at the Bury Old rd end of the road has long gone it was previous to that a Methodist Chapel.

1972 May 20th Children daily risk their lives in a frightening game of dare on a bridge high over the disused Bolton to Bury railway line. Anxious parents in Darcy Lever say the children dare each other to walk across the narrow support girder more than 50 feet above the line. The bridge leads from the Radcliffe Road area into Leverhulme Park and is used as a short cut by children attending Lever Bridge Primary School.

Ex St Marks School/Church

Marie Garland, William Garland, Christine Moxon,

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