Around Lancashire by Train Part 12


The Nineteenth Centuries Spinning Capital.

The Bolton Railway station is a 4 track 2 platform station. Platform three and four for the Preston Manchester line, and platforms one and two for east bound trains running on the Trans-Pennine line. It is staffed 24/7 though the ticket office opens between 06:00 and 21:00 hours. The front office has automatic ticket machines, toilet facilities and phones a cafe and waiting rooms are on the island platform of one, two and three whilst platform 4 is for northbound trains only.

Like many Lancashire towns, Bolton is made up of a number of smaller towns or villages. In the case of Bolton, it is the villages of Great Bolton and little Bolton. Also a number of other villages on the moors to the north in the valley of the River Croal running to the south. The town is 10 miles northwest of Manchester in the foothills and moors of the Pennines. With excellent transport links to the rest of the county and indeed the country.

Bolton has been known for textiles since the 15th century, developing a wool and cotton weaving tradition. During the “Industrial Revolution”, the introduction of textile manufacturing grew rapidly here. Two principle developments Richard Arkwright’s water frame and Samuel Crompton’s spinning mule were developed here. Crompton a native of Bolton and Arkwright having moved down from Preston to Bolton. In the 19th century, it hit its peak with more than 200 cotton mills and 20 bleaching and dying works making it the most productive cotton-spinning town in the world. Today the town has little or no heavy industry and a number of business parks surround it providing hi-tech electronics, light engineering, and call centers.

The town center has a vibrant nightlife clubs, casinos, cafes and bars new and old hotels, providing comfortable surroundings and entertainment.

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