Bolton town guide
Bolton is a town in the Western shadow of the Pennines, which became prominent with the development of the Cotton Industry in Lancashire. Bolton has a fine Victorian Town Hall set in a delightful crescent in the neo-classical style.
The Saracen's Head Public House, the oldest one in the town, claims to hold the skull of Lord Derby, a noted Royalist who was executed just outside during the English Civil War.
Many of the Cotton Mills have now closed and been demolished, but the links to the cotton industry can still be explored at Turton Towers not far out of the town on the edge of the moors.
Son of a Bolton grocer, William Hesketh Lever, began making soap in 1886 and founded Lever Brothers (later becoming Unilever) with their famed Sunlight Soap. Lord Lever, as he became, endowed Bolton School, allowing it to develop as a renowned Independent School. His other charitable endowments included the model village of Port Sunlight- built for workers at the Lever Brothers' factory to give them decent housing.
Bolton is home to the highly successful Octagon Theatre, built mainly by Public Subscription in the 1960's.
With a rental car you can be soon out of Bolton into superb Pennine countryside at nearby Anglezarke and Rivington.