Tag Archives: Bolton

The Execution of the Earl of Derby

One of the first books to be published in Bolton was ‘A Description of Sieges and Battles of the Civil War’.  Printed J Drake in 1785 it includes a picture of the execution of the earl of Derby in Churchgate, … Continue reading

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Ghostly Encounters on Blackburn Road and Churchgate, Bolton

As Halloween draws near and the veil between the worlds thins here are some spooky but true stories of ghostly encounters in Bolton.  There is an old house on Blackburn Road in Bolton which is a typical large Edwardian house … Continue reading

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A Curious Indenture of Apprenticeship

From Historical Gleanings of Bolton and District: A second batch of odd papers (written and printed) in one form or other identified with the township of Breightmet, which have been loaned to (the) present correspondent by an old Breightmetite, contains … Continue reading

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Robert Rothwell the Schoolmaster

Its been quite a while since I have looked at my Rothwell research so I thought it was time to tackle the problem of Robert Rothwell.  I have two major stumbling blocks in this part of my research and they … Continue reading

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Selim Rothwell, Artist

I have a print of a painting of Churchgate in Bolton circa 1840.  I love looking at this picture because it looks so different to the Churchgate of today.  It is full of people; some strolling along, others selling from … Continue reading

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Will the Real Robert Rothwell Please Stand Up!

Most of us willl come across a brick wall at some point in our family history research.  One of my most frustrating problems was with Robert ROTHWELL – all was going well with the ROTHWELL line until I reached Robert … Continue reading

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