This elephant, weighing 1062kg and made out of cast iron, sits proudly on the
canopy in Victoria Square, and is one of a pair
here, that used to sit atop the gateposts of the Bolton Bleachworks until
There are many elephants, and castles, in and around Bolton, most inspired
from the Coat of Arms. In 1890, Major Ottley Perry
incorporated the elephant into the former Bolton County Borough arms in
respect of the (unproven) connection between Bolton and the ancient Diocese of
Mercia, in the old county of Coventry, created by Lancastrian King Henry VI.
The Diocese included Bolton, and for that reason a Lancashire Red Rose, and
the elephant is shown in the Armorial Bearings.
However, the symbol of the elephant has been in use in Bolton for much longer,
and one of the first recorded uses was in the official stamp of the Clerk to
the Board of Trustees in 1799.
Bolton Metropolitan Council has produced an activity booklet called the
Elephant Trail, recently updated. I am currently working on a much extended
internet version which will appear here.
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Elephant on top of crest on the Bank of Bolton August 2000
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Elephant topped bollard August 2000
At Ashburner Street Market.
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Crest featuring elephant on bin August 2000
In Victoria Square.
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Elephant on war memorial August 2000
This is one of a pair either side of the war memorial in Victoria Square.
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Coat of Arms etched in canopy glass September 2000
This 'engraving' is in one of the panels of the canopy.
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Crest over Ashburner Street market hall September 2000
This stone carving is in remarkable condition considering its age. It is at
one corner of the building at the junction with Blackhorse Street.
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Coat of Arms over Old School Rooms, September 2001
The elephant can be seen in the Coat of Arms over the Old School Rooms in
Great Moor Street.
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Plaque on Bradford Street Bridge December 2000
This is in the Springfield area on Bradford
Road, on the bridge going over St. Peter's Way.
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Railings on library September 2000
Look closely at the railings, they are like elephant's tusks.
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