Bolton Area Guide

Bolton is a town in Greater Manchester in the North West of England. A former mill town, Bolton has been a production centre for textiles since Flemish weavers settled in the area in the 14th century, introducing a wool and cotton-weaving tradition.

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About Smithills


Smithills is a residential suburb of Bolton. It is situated on the lower south facing of the West Pennie Moors. It has 2 schools. St Peters Smithills Dean Church of England Primary School and Smithills secondary School. There are a couple of different places to visit, Smithills Farm, which welcomes all ages. Smithills Hall and Smithills Estate, which is he largest sire the Woodland Trust has acquired. It steeps history and is shadowed by the famous Winter Hill.

About Heaton


Heaton is in the south of Bolton, bounded by Deane, Markland Hill, and Halliwell. Heaton is only 2 miles away from Bolton Town Centre. Within Heaton lies Bolton school, which is one of the oldest schools in Lancashire. It originally was a Boy’s school and it can be traced back to 1516. The divide of the school happened in 1877 when The Bolton Girls Day School established. The private school caters for children and students ages from 0 – 18. Heaton is generally a nice area to live in Bolton and house prices range from anywhere between 3 million – 50 thousand pounds.

About Barrow Bridge


Barrow Bridge is a model village in Bolton. It was built in the industrial revolution but since the demolition of the mills it became a residential village. There once was a cotton mill generated by waterpower with powered spinning mules invented by Samuel Crompton. The two brothers John and Robert lord opened the mill and built 13 cottages near the mill for the workers. In 1830 Thomas Baxley and Richard Gardner bought and destroyed the mill, replacing it with Deans Mills. They then built a model village for the mill workers on the hill top accessed by a flight of stone steps.

About Farnworth and Kearsley


Farnworth and Kearsley all offer the benefits of a characterful and community focused small town or village environment, whilst having quick and easy access by car or public transport to the many amenities, attractions, employment opportunities and transport links offered by neighbouring giants Bolton and Manchester.


Being located between these two major conurbations affords Farnworth and Kearsley excellent transport links, both into the town and city centres but also further afield via the M60 and M61. Close to home there are a good range of amenities for everyday needs as well as a choice of public houses. Farnworth boasts a regular market, theatre and leisure centre as well as a 750 acre country park, Moses Gate, which runs along the banks of the River Croal attracting fishing, water sports and visitors to it’s nature reserve.
Sporting interests are well catered for in each of the locations. Farnworth Cricket Club was founded in 1870 and participates in the Bolton Cricket League. The local football club offers competitive matches and conducts regular training at the local high school, Harper Green.


Children of all ages have a wide range of schools to choose from in each area. Farnworth has nine primary schools to choose from, four of which were rated as ‘Good’ in recent Oftsed reports. For older children there are three high schools, with St James’ CE School classed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and Mount St Joseph rated as ‘Good’.


Kearsley also offers some respected schools, with St John’s CE Primary School, Kearlsey West and Spindle Point all rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’