Bridsons Bleach Works
One of the Bridsons ElephantsOne of the Bridsons Elephants
Also known as Bolton Bleach Works, Bridsons was located on Chorley St.
Updated December 23, 2016 4:33 PM
1821 -1822 Thomas Morris.
1836 Bridson Ridgway and Co.
1853 Bridson, Ridgway Son and Co.
1884 T R Bridson and Sons. (also at Lever Bank Bleach Works).
1925 T R Bridson and Sons Ltd.
1950 T R Bridson and Sons Ltd + John Young and Co.
1960 Closed. used for a period by the GPO and later demolished.
1985 - 2007 Car Park.
Thomas Ridgway Bridson (1795 - 1863) the owner of this and other bleach works in and around Bolton is the Great Great Great Grandfather of ex prime minister Tony Blair.
Bridson became a Conservative Mayor of Bolton in 1847 and tried but failed
to become a Tory MP in 1849.
The Elephants stood on the gate posts for 127 years until the demolition of the works in 1977. The owners then William Kay donated them to Bolton in 1978 and one of the pair stood in the town centre.
The Elephant is part of the Bolton Coat of Arms and if you look closely at some buildings railings and sculptures in Bolton you will find more references to the Elephant.
The Elephants were on Newport St until 2014 for the development of Newport St, they have now been put on top of a fast food outlet next to the Octagon Theatre.