All Souls' Church, Bolton, Lancashire

Address:
Astley Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 8EH
How to find us
Opening times:
Open daily. For precise opening hours please call the church team on 01204 385868.
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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 nineteenth-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 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.

This church is now managed by All Souls Bolton, an independent charity established with the support of The Churches Conservation Trust, with whom we work very closely.