Municipal Borough of Bolton 1838-1889
Bolton Borough was incorporated in 1838, joining Little Bolton (more or less north-west of the River Croal) with Great Bolton (south-east of the River Croal). The first Mayor of Bolton, Charles James Darbishire, was elected the same year.
Bolton Rural Sanitary Authority and Bolton Rural District Council
Bolton Rural Sanitary Authority was constituted in 1872.
It originally comprised the townships of Bradshaw, Breightmet, Darcy Lever, Edgworth, Entwistle, Harwood, Heaton, Longworth, Lostock, Middle Hulton, Over Hulton, Quarlton, part of Rumworth (Deane), part of Sharples (Belmont), part of Tonge-with-Haulgh (Tonge).
In 1877, part of Halliwell (Smithills) was added, following the dissolution of Halliwell Local Board.
In January 1895 the Authority became a Rural District Council.
The Council was dissolved in 1898 under the Bolton, Turton and Westhoughton Extension Act. Its constituent townships were divided as follows:
To County Borough of Bolton: Breightmet, Darcy Lever, Great Lever, Lostock, Middle Hulton, part of Halliwell (Smithills), part of Over Hulton (Daubhill), part of Rumworth (Deane) and part of Tonge-with-Haugh (Tonge).
To Turton Urban District: Bradshaw, Edgworth, Entwistle, Harwood, Longworth, Quarlton, part of Sharples (Belmont)
To Westhoughton Urban District – part of Over Hulton.
The Local Board of Health for Astley Bridge was constituted in 1864. The District comprised the higher (detached) portion of Little Bolton and the lower portion of Sharples. The Board became an Urban District Council in January 1895 under the Chairmanship of Col George Hesketh but was dissolved in 1898 under the Bolton, Turton and Westhoughton Extension Act and its powers vested in Bolton County Borough Council.
Bolton Metropolitan Borough
The current borough came into existence on 1 April 1974 and currently comprises the area of the old County Borough of Bolton and the townships of Farnworth, Kearsley, Horwich, Blackrod, Westhoughton, Little Lever and South Turton.
Mayors of Bolton 1838-2012