North of the town centre is Astley Bridge. This area used to be known as Lower
Sharples, but now takes its name from its bridge over the Astley Brook, the
valley of which has the Valley Entertainment Centre. The derivation of Astley
is 'ley' (Old English 'leah'), a clearing, and Ast for Ash trees, so is
thought to be 'the clearing in the ash trees'. On Thorns Road was built the
East of here is Hall'Ith'Wood off
Crompton Way, and west is
Sharples and Smithills.
South takes you down towards Bolton on Blackburn Road.
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Pineapple pub and Crompton Way view east May 1999
Onto Crompton Way.
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Belmont Road and Blackburn Road junction view north May 1999
Forking left leads to Sharples to Belmont. The building in the centre is the Three
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Blackburn Road junction view south May 1999
Onto Blackburn Road to town.
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Blackburn Road south April 1999
You can see the green tower of the mill below.
This is the last mill to be built in Bolton and was at Astley Bridge on
up towards Eagley and
Dunscar, the A666.
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Blackburn Road north April 1999
A turn off to the right as the road dips leads to Eagley.
The Astley Bridge Theatre Church have a web site at
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Theatre Church Seymour Road, Astley Bridge (c) 2000, Robert Massey
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