Here are some aerial views and detailed descriptions of what you can see,
most have been taken from top floors of open multi storey car parks
in Bolton, others from high vantage points surrounding the town. A separate
page has views from the top of St. Peter's
A set of views
taken from the air by Johnathan Webb are also available.
From the top of the Market Place car park
On the middle horizon is the tower from St Peter's
in Churchgate, in the foreground is the River
Croal, which runs underneath most of Bolton. This part of the river was
uncovered when the old "Co-Op" supermarket was demolished, but is seen
disappearing underneath a multi storey car park. The frontage of the
demolished building has been retained (left) supported by scaffolding for
historical reasons. Update February 1997: The frontage has been removed, brick
by brick when it became unsafe. The site has now been acquired and the open
river is now being covered over prior to building work commencing.
Victoria Hall and its tower on the left, and shop fronts from the northern
end of Knowsley Street. The rising skyline middle
right is known as Daubhill (pronounced "dobb-ull") a residential suburb.
This church was originally built for the user of Little Bolton parishioners,
but was no longer needed when Little Bolton merged with Great Bolton in 1838.
It is now used to house a number of shops with 'craft' type themes. You can jump inside the craft centre, and go out onto the virtual walk.
From the top of the Bow Street car park
Taken from Bow Street car park, on the left is the former Bolton Co-operative
Society Building, a drapery store on Higher Bridge Street corner with St.
George's Road built in 1904 with a striking terracotta decoration. Centre
horizon is a mill. Right of centre is a former Wesleyan Methodist Church on
St. George's street, built in 1803 but vacated in 1971, and now a casino.
This shows the Market Hall. In the foreground, the
River Croal goes underground until its reappearance near Queens Park. In the foreground was where the "Co Op"
store mentioned above used to be. The Spire of St Paul's can be seen on the
From the top of the Octagon car park
This is a composite image from two photographs. On the left is part of the
octagonal roof of the Octagon Theatre and behind
that is the Museum and library building in the Crescent. Left of centre is the Wellsprings, a recent
development, also housing Oscar's bar. To the right
of the clock tower, the horizon shows the line of the Pennines leading to the
Peak District. Far right is the tower of St.
Peter's in Churchgate.
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Ashburner Street Market seen from top of Octagon car park 1997
The relocated market in Ashburner Street.
Into the Croal Valley
Looking south-east from the top of Smithills Moor, the highest point within
the borough. Far right you can see the church and tower of St. Peter's, right
of centre the clock tower of the town hall, and far right, Trinity Church. On
the left far horizon are the Manchester and
Salford cities. There is a similar night time
view in the gallery.
This is taken looking west from Watling Street, Affetside, South Turton. The road leading off centre is Derby
Street, leading into St. Helen's Road. If you download the high resolution
version, to the right of that road, you should be able to make out the clock
tower of the town hall, behind that the tower block of Bolton Institute.
This picture will be included in the 'new' set of old pictures of Bolton
This view is a slightly different aspect to the one above.
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