All Souls' Church, Bolton, Lancashire
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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.
A Victorian beauty in a modern setting
A Gothic gem set in a diamond-shaped churchyard
An oasis of calm among modern buildings
Disabled access information
Steps up to chancel and altar. There is a wheelchair lift to upper floors.
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.
Astley Road, off Blackburn Road (A666), 1 mile north of town centre
Nearest railway station: Bolton (2 miles)
Useful information Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester, & Merseyside County Guide 2012
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.
Community information forAll Soul's Church, Bolton
All our Lancashire churches are in CCT's North region.
The day-to-day running of this church is now in the hands of All Souls Bolton, an independent charity established with the support of The Churches Conservation Trust, with whom we work very closely.
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