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‘Worktown’ Revisited: A Saturday Stroll in Bolton




‘Worktown’ Revisited: A Saturday Stroll in Bolton

Saturday 11 June 2022

Start time/place: 10.45am/Museum and Art Gallery entrance hall

Finish time/place: 2.45 pm/Museum and Art Gallery

Steve Marland will lead a walk of Bolton town centre. We finish with a curator led visit to the Museum and Art Gallery exhibition of plans and drawings by Bolton’s celebrated architectural partnership Bradshaw Gass & Hope.

Bolton was immortalised as Worktown by the social researcher Tom Harrisson, when he undertook his ground-breaking Mass Observation study of everyday life there in 1938. A town with a proud history of manufacturing from the 19th century to the second half of the twentieth century, it boasts a varied and interesting town centre with buildings of interest from virtually every decade since 1914.

Highlights include: the impressive Le Mans Crescent, Bradshaw Gass & Hope, (1932-39); the Octagon theatre, Geoffrey Brooks borough architect, (1966-67, rebuilt 2018-21); former Co-op department store, Bradshaw Gass & Hope, (1931); and the Market Place shopping centre, Chapman Taylor (1980-88).

There will be a break for lunch (not included).

Illustrated notes will be provided as a record of the event.

Steve Marland is an explorer and Modern Mooch blogger. Tour research is by Eddy Rhead and David French.

Members: £8.  Non-members: £10

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Above: Le Mans Crescent and Museum & Art Gallery, Bradshaw Gass & Hope, (1932-39).  Photograph: AKP Photos / Alamy