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By Bolton Wanderers Community Trust | 25 March 2021 | TAGS: Professional clubs, Bolton, walking

Following on the success of last year’s Cotton, Culture and Characters, Bolton-based arts and heritage organisaton, Live from Worktown is launching the second of its free online series of historically themed guided walks.

Edwardian Bolton: Drinkers, Swindlers, Hangmen and Suffragettes brings to life the history of Bolton Town Centre, starting and ending in Churchgate, a vibrant promenade in 1901 crammed with pubs, theatres and laughter.

“Gas lit the streets, pride had decorated the buildings for the old Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and confidence inhabited the hearts of Boltonians. The Empire was at its greatest extent and there was work and fun to be had. But watch out! Soon those suffragettes will cause mayhem, but not before a murder brings tragedy and shame!”

Local historian, Dave Burnham has led many walks around Bolton over the years. However, when the pandemic struck these in-person guided walks were no longer possible. Undaunted, the Worktown Walks team set about reimagining them, producing downloadable directions and commentary instead.

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