Bolton has always been an extraordinary place. It was for many years a major centre of the cotton textile industry with spinning, weaving, dyeing and bleaching. It was a place of engineering excellence from textile machinery through to railway locomotives. Many of its public buildings are of a high calibre, testifying to the town's wealth and Victorian confidence. Its cast-iron market hall and magnificent Town Hall stand out.
The images shown here are part of the Bolton Library and Museums large collection of photographs of Bolton and the surrounding townships. The collection reflects on Bolton’s past life with streets and buildings long gone providing a valuable resource when researching local and family history. Over 7000 images are indexed by street or by name of subject. Further images are available at http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/collections/pictures-of-bolton