All Souls' Church, Bolton, Lancashire

Address: Astley Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8EH
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A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community

All Souls' is a brick masterpiece by Paley and Austin, dating from 1880-81, which in its early years enjoyed the benefactions of the local mill owner Thomas Greenhalgh, the 'founder’ of the parish.

With its bold west tower, it rises majestically above rows of 19th-century terraced houses and the lofty cathedral-like interior is equally impressive, an aisleless hall with a central vault and a small eastern apse, lit by large windows set high.

All Souls' has now been transformed into a vibrant new centre for community life through a major project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund using innovative pods to create 'a building within a building’ whilst leaving the historic fabric largely untouched.

The innovative pods now allow office and meeting spaces, within the the church, as well as a coffee shop and a cutting-edge multi-media exhibition that tells the stories of Boltonians both today and throughout the town’s history.

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Road directions

Astley Road, off Blackburn Road (A666), 1 mile north of town centre

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Bolton (2 miles)

OS Reference No.

SD 714 108

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06/12/14 Decade-long 4.9 million pound regeneration project complete

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PDF iconCheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester & Merseyside County Guide (PDF, 4.6mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester & Merseyside. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Rebecca Haslam (30 Apr 2014, 09:41)

    My great grandfather Mr Fogg provided and made the bricks for your church from his Bolton factory. Do you have any information about this for my mother to look at? We would be really interested.

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All Souls' Church, Bolton, Lancashire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.