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Late 1920s


A postcard from David Whenlock's collection. A view along Bradshawgate from its junction with Trinity Street.


The name QUEENS is lower down and less visible than later. The film on show is "What Price Glory" released in 1926. In the distance the Prudential building sports its conical roof. On the right, the Kings Hall, the Brown Cow and the Queen's Hotel. The chimney of the Transport Department towers over the scene. This was later shortened. Parker's Garage and Commercial vehicle depot. The arch led to a brewery (more later) and the carts look like they may be for the transport of beer barrels. The nearest building appears to be the one which survived along with the arch until the fire pictured later.



1953 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. On right, the huge size of the Kings Hall and Chapel are obvious and slightly closer we can see the Brown Cow pub and the much larger Queen’s Hotel (with OBJ).



September 2009 from almost the same spot.

Everything has changed.On the right we see the modern car show rooms, In the distance an old building which is now Cash Generator and the apartment building called the Picturehouse which replaced the LIDO cinema. On the right is a bed shop which becames JD Sports beyond which are older buildings which are not too much changed.

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The site 24 September 2009 (WDC)


Pictures from the Bolton News Fri 25 July 2008


It is reported that a fire started around 2.50am on Thursday. The building was totally destroyed and was demolished and cleared soon afterwards. It was believed to be an arson attack. The owner said, “We have had the building since 1993. Copyplan is a family business. It was started by my father in 1969.” Some people might remember Copyplan in Mawdesley Street before it came to Bradshawgate.


As we turn from Trinity Street into Bradshawgate, the first building on the right, on the corner of Bridgeman Place was part of Pelso Mill for many years occupied by Lomas's Copyplan and Golf Shop.



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A little later than the first picture of this building, Lomas have now into the whole block and the premises labelled Bolton have moved nest door and become Elliotts. Between the two buildings is a stone arch. The arch survived the fire but sadly was demolished when the site was cleared afterwards. In earlier days a brewery existed behind here, as indicated by the keystone in the arch which features a barrel labeled  MCD 1826

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On the left hand side as we go towards Prestons corner is the Clarence Hotel on the corner of 176 Bradshawgate and Byng St, built 1844 demolished early 1990s.


Immediately to the left of the main building of Parkers Garage (the white building on the extreme right of the picture) is a single storey antrance to the garage workshop then the imposing Queens Hotel. It is likely that the Queens Cinema took its name from the hotel.



The tiny building to its left is the Brown Cow pub.


A Bury Corporation Tram possibly 1947 though that is the last year that trams ran in Bolton. The chimney on the extreme left was at the Transport Offices, before it was shortened in the 1950s. Shiffnall Street is the street joining Bradshawgate there. Parker's Garage to the left of the tram.

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Discovery is now X-RECORDS. Sitting on the pillarbox is the owner of this picture, Julie Vanion.


The Alma Inn in the 1970s.


At this time it has a single frontage, and no picture sign


More recent picture from Google Streetview. Now double fronted and has a pictorial sign commemorating the battle of Alma.

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<<<<<< Wesley Chapel, Bradshawgate, from the collection of DavidWhenlock


Above: 1907 Bradshawgate, Breightmet Street. The King’s Hall, an absolutely massive place, a Methodist mission and hall opened after the Victoria Hall had proved to be a success. It opened in February 1907 having been built alongside Bradshawgate Wesley Chapel.  It closed 22 Jun 1958 but was not demolished until 1964.

Bradshawgate / Breightmet Street (to the right) Waddington’s >>>>>>>>>>>


Above: A recent shot of that building from Google StreetView.


We are looking along Bradshawgate towards Preston's corner. On the left we have Moyles (John Willie's, Revolution) and the Balmoral Hotal either side of Great Moor Street then the Prudential Building and the Pack Horse in the distance.


      King’s Hall interior                Demoliton of King's Hall, picture posted on Facebook by Philip Shuttleworth

                                                               Click on a picture  for a larger view

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Picture posted on Facebook by Edward Thompson


Breightmet Street tram sheds

BZMOTMAN copyright picture


Breightmet Street tram sheds

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On our left as we continue our journey, Carters Hat Shop on Bradshawgate, Posted on Bygone Bolton by Alan Jones. To the left of the lamppost is the junction of Bradshawgate with Great Moor Street. The buildings on both corners are still standing, Crompton House closer to us and the Balmoral Hotel beyong Great Moor Street. Somewhat later that this picture people will remember in the low buildings a newsagent and the Bolton Model Shop. The low buildings are lightweight constructions on the railway bridge over the railway from the station and the Triangle going up to Tonge Moor and Blackburn.



Bollings Yard is between the low buildings and the three storey Crompton House.

Posted on Facebook by Alan Jones


Bradshawgate looking back to Carter’s. Bollins Yard on the right of the picture.

Copyright Bolton Council


Looking up Bollings Yard with Bollings Corn Mill on the left.

The street is still there. About 50 metres along the County Grammar School (now School Rooms apartments) would later be constructed on the right.

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Bollings Corn Mill. Posted on Facebook by Gene Watts

1920 The corner of Bradshawgate and Great Moor Street. Bolton News picture.


The Balmoral has changed only slightly since this picture, at the far end of the block is the Prudential Building with its witch's hat, then the rebuilt Pack Horse. On the left is Richard Moyles outfitters. This building became known as Crompton House.

2003 a more recent view of the corner.

Moyles, John Willies is now revolution

One of Bolton's best known fashion shops for more than 80 years was Richard Moyle Limited based in Crompton House in Bradshawgate. The shop closed down in 1960 with the roomy premises and extensive workrooms on the upper floors sold to another firm, John Willie (Furnishers) Ltd.


This store, on the corner of Great Moor Street and Bradshawgate had, at one time, more than 60 employees including shop assistants, dressmakers and milliners.It looks a fine store judging by the incredible window displays and large notices advertising furs, dresses and mantles.There appear to be hats in one window as well as dresses and what looks to be children's outfits in another.

Sadly we do not know the date of this photograph. (Bolton News)


More information about Moyle's at the foot of the page.

Customers always came first at women's fashion shop Moyle's                                Write-up from Bolton News Looking Back


MANY of our readers have fond memories of shopping at Richard Moyle Limited in Bolton. Others have contacted us about their enjoyable days working for the firm. But today we have a fascinating account by one Bolton resident, Michael Turner; whose father ran the family-owned exclusive women's clothing and accessories store.


Michael's father; George Henry Brown Turner (known affectionately as Harry) came to work for his uncle by marriage, Richard Moyle, in Bolton. George's parents ran Turner Brothers' shoe shop in Preston, where they did not only sell shoes they made them as well, but George was enticed to Bolton and "absolutely loved" his work, says his 87-year-old Son.


Richard Moyle had married Michael's grandmother's sister —Julia Brown — and although they had a business in Liverpool they saw great potential in Bolton in the late 19th century.


The town was an up-and-coming shopping venue and seemed the ideal location for a top class dress and clothing store for discerning women. It would not be an ordinary store, for at Moyle's the customer always came first and their needs were of primary concern.


Michael's father went to work for his uncle in around 1895 at a time when Britain was still to stiffer from the horrors of World War One. The store was created from a former home. The two houses would he developed into a fine building; with an imposing mahogany staircase. It would become Crompton House in 1879 and was situated on the corner of Great Moor Street and Bradshawgate -- today it is a disused public house.

Richard Moyle's title was mantle maker; referring to the coats he manufactured and sold. Richard and Iris wife, Julia, lived in a large Victorian house called Willow Bank overlooking Lostock Junction Station. The property and grounds have long since disappeared to make way for a housing development.

Richard Moyle Limited became, says Michael, one of the "best known furriers, costumiers, milliners and fashion stores in the town". The hosiery, knitwear, millinery and lingerie departments were on the ground floor along with a glass-sided cash desk. The fancy staircase led to the first floor where the dress and coat showrooms were housed and a second staircase in the private part of the building led to the offices and director's dining room.

When Richard Moyle died in 1916 his nephew took over the running of the business.

During the 1930s the company employed a manager, two office staff, 30 sales women, four alteration hands, two cleaners, two porters and a cook. Michael said: "The shop opened at 9am so staff were expected to be behind their counters by 8.45 am. Closing times were 7pm on Mondays, 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Friday and Saturdays 9pm or whenever the last customer decided to leave. Wednesdays were half days until 1.30pm."

Staff members were loyal and many had a long record of service. 'There were two Miss Staveleys who had managed 40 years each before their retirement in the late 1950s. Mary, who was the elder sister, supervised the coat and suit alterations in the workroom. She had her hair pinned into a bun her figure disguised by an ankle-length black gown. "A tape measure was usually draped around her neck and sometimes she would be seen wearing gaiters," he says.

As buyer for the lingerie department Nellie Staveley had some odd ideas, says Michael. "Her stock had to be both practical and hard wearing. She had no time for frivolities "with bits of lace showing more than was wise".

Phyllis Parker had served the company long and well. She was the milliner who occupied one of the workrooms upstairs. Perhaps the most honoured member of staff was the buyer for the knitwear department, Mrs Gownlock. Michel said: "She had the privilege of having tea with my parents in the directors, dining room and usually prolonged her break by playing Ludo with them afterwards."

Edwin Roberts was the store manager. He came to Moyle's in the early 1900s From Affleck and Brown's Ltd in Manchester "He wore steel-rimmed, pebble glasses. He was good at his job which entailed staff supervision, buying for the coat department and the fur department and bookkeeping," explains Michael.

There would be three or four occasions a year when the directors' meetings were held in the plain office on the first floor.


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The next page continues along Bradshawgate.

Great Moor Street will have to wait until later.

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