Expeditions, Navigation, Guided Walks and Trekking
While the country seemed to be out on the roads over Easter, I’ve stayed local and explored a bit of the history of the area. For such an urban town, Bolton has quite a bit of history, more so than most places I have lived in.
A walk away from Winter Hill and into town takes me through Halliwell. This part of Bolton is named after the local Holy Well, of which more will be written.
Not far up the Moss Bank one is soon onto the historic roads leading from our town centre up to the country towns of Preston and Lancaster. On the side of Church Road is Halliwell Hall, now split onto four rather nice houses. It is a stone and half-timbered building originally dating from around 1650. A Roger Dewhurst purchased the Hall and its estate in 1715. His son, Roger Dewhurst the younger, was celebrated captain – mainly of industry, and lived there until his death in 1806, after which it was soon taken over by the Ainsworth family, of the local bleach works and resident squires and landowners.
To the rear of the hall is Captain’s Clough, which is a strip of woodland and stream, named after Captain Dewhurst. This is now a local nature reserve winding between the 20th century housing. Avoiding the rubbish one can soon imagine what was here when the Hall was the other building around here, up on the ridge and busy turnpike road out of town.