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"A very familiar sight even if the trams are by now a very distant memory."That is what I wrote when I first started showing people old pictures. Now it has all gone.


The station canopy and clock, the glass canopy on the left for passengers at the tram stops, this remained for the buses well into the 1960s. Trinity Street Station was opened in 1904, eighty years after Great Moor Street Station.

Picture posted by Peter Lodge


Tram stops and tram on Trinity Street bridge


On the left the Snack Bar and the entrance to the footbridge.

Tram jam


Picture posted on Facebook by David Whenlock

The bus stops on the Trinity Street bridge, Snack Bar and the start of the footbridge to Great Moor Street.

"The Triangle", Preston line to the left, Blackburn line to the right. The footbridge from the station behind us across to Johnson Street and Great Moor Street with St Patrick's RC Church.

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April 1986 - Trinity Street bridge has now been rebuilt but we still have the old station.

The Triangle looking to the back of Newport Street on the left, Newport Street towards the right.

Picture from David Whenlock


The footbridge being demolished.


In the distance St Patrick's, County Grammar School, Parish Church

The Triangle. The Blackburn line going under Bradshawgate. Kings Hall.


First posted by Gene Watts

A clean, clear view of the old station with no station canopy and no bus shelters on the nearer side of the bridge.

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A fairly familiar view for anyone who took the footbridge across from Trinity Street to Great Moor Street. The station canopy still exists and buses still have their stops on the bridge.

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"The Triangle", Preston line to the left, Blackburn line to the right. The footbridge from the station behind us across to Johnson Street and Great Moor Street with St Patrick's RC Church.

May 1988 - The old station has been demolished and the new station is in use. The station clock has been rebuilt at a lower level close to the new station. The link line from the Preston line to the Blackburn line which formed "the triangle" has been removed allowing access to the central area which is now a car park.

Trinity Street Station 1920s


Picture posted on facebook by D Hitchen.

No canopy 1980s

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Trinity Street Station interior


Probably around New Year 1939 but anyone familiar with the station in the 1950s 60s would recognise this.

Trinity Street Station interior 1960


no change from its pre-war appearance.

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Buses now instead of trams but there is still a gantry for the tram wires which is surprising since trams stopped in 1947. Perhaps you remember the taxi cabin.


We have a 28 bus for Seymour Road. fleet number 262? and a number 8 for Manchester

Trinity Street Station




The station canopy comes down

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The bridge has been rebuilt and widened, the station clock has already been moved across the street, the old station building will be demolished soon.


Bland, boring and blank compared with previous views.

May 1988    The station clock in its new position

May 1988        The station with the old clock is now operational on the other side of the road. The old station building has been demolished giving a clear view through to Manchester Road, The Technical College, the FOCUS DIY shop and the mill just down Bridgeman Place.

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We continuue down Trinity Street looking towards Bradshawgate on the left, Manchester Road on the right and Bridgeman Place straight on.


We see R D Threlfall’s and  J Parker Ellison’s Pelso works. They made pram rugs, quilts etc and invented the Karri Kot in 1935. It was quite recently a golf shop and Lomas’s Copyplan before being burned down in July 2008 (more later). On the left is World of Fashion which replaced the Queen's Cinema.

This water tank for refilling steam trains was always visible from the top of the bus as you went down Trinity Street, remember it having Magee’s Ales painted on the side. It was behind the Queen's Cinema. later World of Leather and World of Fashion, now Waynes Meat Market. This view is from the other side of the tank looking towards Trinity Street It was demolished in 1996. Threlfall's chimney and Bolton College can be seen.

I wonder who remembers the buildings to the left of Trinity Street, adjoining the rear of the Queen's. There was a block of rather high buildings, three or four storeys plus basement. They housed a number of businesses including a stamp dealer (philatelist) and a printers at whose door was one of those thermometers with its large glass bulb on a vitreous enamel plaque advertising Stephen's Ink. These buildings appear to the left of the next picture featuring the Queen's Cinema.

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The Queen’s Cinema opened 2 December 1912, closed June 1966 then opened as a bingo hall in August 1969. It showed films again for a short time in 1970, then showed Asian films until its final closure in 1979. It was demolished in January 1981.

The picture to the left appears to be August 1969 when Bingo first started.

The same corner 24th September 2009.

This was demolished c2018 and the site remains empty July 2020 waiting for the Council's grand gateway to Bolton plans.

On the next page we will briefly go down Bridgeman Place and along Manchester Road. On the page after that we will travel along Bradshawgate.

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