Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton
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The Arms of Bolton Metropolitan Borough 1974Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton

This Project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund on behalf of the Mayor's Office.

It documents and celebrates the lives and achievements of over 540 local men and women who have served their communities as Mayors of Bolton in Lancashire, England since 1838 and as Mayors and Chairmen of the seven other townships that constitute the present Borough - Farnworth, Kearsley, Horwich, Blackrod, Westhoughton, Little Lever and South Turton.

From millionaires to mill lasses, they have all been chosen to represent the best of Bolton at home and abroad - in good times and bad, in triumph and tragedy. Their very different lives reflect the fascinating and interconnected histories of our towns - the links in a chain.

Click here to find out more about the Mayoral Insignia including the history of Bolton's unusual Mayor's chain which displays emblems and monograms representing each individual Mayor from the first, Charles James Darbishire in 1838 to Walter Wharton Tong in 1940.

To see images of each link in the Chain click here to choose an individual Mayor of Bolton.


Free Booklet and History Trail LeafletFree Mayors' Booklet , Town Hall History Booklet and Town Centre History Trail Leaflet

Two full colour booklets - one detailing the Mayoral insignia and celebrating the lives and service of the Mayors and Chairmen of Bolton and the townships and a new publication for 2012 chronicling the history of Bolton Town Hall - are now available FREE from Bolton Libraries and Museums.

We have also produced a free fold-out Map and History Trail describing the buildings, statues and monuments with Mayoral connections in Bolton town Centre.


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