All Souls' Church, Bolton, Greater Manchester
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 nineteenth-century terraced houses and the lofty cathedral-like interior is equally impressive, an aisle less hall with a central vault and a small eastern apse, lit by large windows set high.
All Souls' has been transformed into a vibrant new centre for community life through a major project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that saw the installation of an innovative pod design - 'a building within a building'; - which leaves the historic fabric largely untouched.
The innovative pods house training, learning and performance spaces and the church also host a cutting-edge multi-media exhibition that tells the stories of Boltonians both today and throughout the town's history.
Our churches cost on average £2,500 per year, to keep them clean, conservation work, maintenance checks, and in a safe condition for visitors to come and enjoy.
Please help us to keep our churches open by donating a gift of £5 or £10 by texting the numbers below or visit our donations page here.
Text BOL to 70970 to donate £5
Text BOL to 70191 to donate £10
Your generous donation will help us to protect a beautiful part of local and national heritage. Thank you.
Find out more about what's on at All Souls:
Please note due to the historic nature of our buildings the floors and surfaces may be worn and uneven. Please take care while enjoying the building.
Disabled access information
There are no restrictions for disabled access as the main enterance is at street level. There is two disabled accessible toilets and a lift to the first and second floors of the pods.
Facilities & Hire
During opening hours our dedicated staff team are always happy to help should you need any information or assistance during your visit.
The building is heated, with free WIFI, toilet facilities and cafe.
All Souls is available to hire for meetings and corporate events, all with a range of catering and refreshment options. The building offers a magnificent setting with the latest AV equipment to deliver your meeting or event to the highest standards.
All Souls - Bolton is 1 mile outside Bolton Town Centre. Follow the A666 towards Blackburn.
Bolton Interchange is 1 mile
Bus Number 1 & 534
History & Further Information
Our history wall looks at the church, Bolton from 1881 to the modern day.
Conservation and Regeneration
In 2014 All Souls - Bolton reopened after a £4.9 million restoration and regeneration project. This resulting in 2 modern pods being inserted inside the building housing conference rooms and office space which is tenanted out to local businesses. A cafe operates on the ground floor below pod 1 serving a wide range of dishes.
If you are interested in volunteering opportunities at All Souls - Bolton please email Richard Miller, Centre Manager.
- Community information