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What is now Deane Road was called Blackburn Street from here to Cannon Street where it became Pikes Lane until it reached the then Borough boundary at Gate Pike, where Wigan Road now starts.


Behind us is Moor lane and to the left is Derby Street and Crook Street.


The sign is the Woodman's Cottage, 2 Deane Road which closed in 1959.


On the left the white building is The Milestone Hotel, 5-7 Deane Road, closed 1965. Next door to the left (no 3) was the White Swan, closed 1908. Immediately round the corner, off picture, on Derby Street, was the Britannia Hotel.

We look back into Moor Lane with Flash Mills an Flash Street off to the right.

The Milestone Hotel, 5-7 Deane Road, closed 1965. Next door to the left (no 3) was the White Swan, closed 1908.

Woodman's Cottage, Deane Rd closed 1959

This picture prior to ternimation of tram service 1947, could be 1920s.

experimental road junction April 1953

Yet another pub at the bottom of Deane Road.

The Windmill Inn, 60 Deane Road

Next door is "The Tank Temperance Bar"

Christ Church on the corner of James Street and Deane Road. It was founded in 1841. (Apparently it was originally called Ebenezer Chapel and was renamed Christ Church on Sunday 2 May 1841.) It closed in 1933 (final service Sunday 31 July 1933, church demolished in May 1936). A football  team was started here called Christ Church Football Club in 1874 by the Reverend John Farrall Wright and schoolmaster Thomas Ogden, and moved after a argument with the vicar, to Pikes Lane 1877 where the pitch was established  which is regarded as Bolton Wanderers’ first home. It adopted the name Bolton Wanderer in 1877 because of the difficulty it had experienced in finding a permanent pitch to

play on, using three venues in its first four years of existence. Founder members of the Football League, Bolton have spent the highest number of seasons of any club in the top flight without winning the title (the 2011–12 season was their 73rd, non-consecutive year in the top flight). The closest they have come to the title is third in the First Division on three occasions (1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25). They played at Burnden Park from 1895 to 1997.


The above account may be slightly inaccurate. It seems that the argument with the vicar resulted in the management of the club moving its meetings (to which the vicar had right of attendance because it was an organisation in his church, indeed he was the president of the football club) to the Gladstone Hotel a couple of hundred yars further up Pikes Lane (Deane Road) (they later made the Britannia Hotel on the corner of Deane Road and Derby Street their headquarters.)

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The interior of Christ Church, 1926

Posted on Facebook by Pam Smith

1956. Christ Church has been demolished and the site is becoming Christ Church Gardens on the corner of Deane Road and James Street. What obviously was or had been a school on the left of the picture was at some point locally known as "The Band Room".

It is thought that this had been the Horse and Vulcan 59-61 Deane Road.


At this time it is a site in the early history of the Reebok empire.


Another "album" picture.

Crossing over the road, on the right as you go away from town, 76 Deane rd, The Wheatsheaf Inn.

Deane Road with John Street on the left which was a handy cut through from Derby Street especially if you had taken the trolley bus down from Daubhill on your way to the Regal cinema. For all our desires to preserve "our heritage" these premises really needed to go!


This picture has obviously been in an album and my not always sufficiently careful note keeping does not say whose picture it is. Yours?

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29th August 2013 (C) WDC

Christ Church Gardens

The sign points left along College Way, now University Way towards Derby Street.

To the right is the diverted Mayor Street towards Park Road and Chorley New Road.

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On left, Christ Church Gardens and Kirk Street, JW Foster is to the right of the next block before the lean-to. The Regent Cinema is visible to the right.

Picture from someone's album. Whose?

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Regent cinema and John Gladstone Hotel

posted on Facebook by William Sheehy


The sign shows a right turn down the original Mayor Street.

the Regent Cinema (apparently nick-named the Cosy). For a short while after film showing ceased, it did Bingo. It was demolished 1967.

The Duke (Archduke Charles, closed 1998 but the building still stands) and the Conservative Club whose site is now occupied by steak on a plane (previously a bus).

The Duke on the corner of Mayor Street.

Just down Mayor Street, the Hebron Hall, a Brethren Assembly.

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On the right as you go down Mayor Street is Mason Street with its corner shop typical of the area.

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South of Deane Road roughly opposit Mayor Street was  Punch Street. This is the scene of devastation on 12th  October 1941 after a bombing raid. One bomb was dropped on each of Punch Street and Ardwick Street (quite close but nearer Moor Lane) killing eleven people and injuring 66.

(During WWI a zeppelin dropped 21 bombs on Bolton killing 13 people in Kirk Street on 26th September 1916.)

(Between 1st September 1940 and 14th April 1942, 64 bombs dropped on Bolton in ten raids, a total of seventeen people were killed, 29 seriously injured and 84 less seriously hurt.)

Black and white photograph of damage to Punch St works, 10 October 1941. Photograph depicts destroyed works building and large bomb crater.


Number 01567 and date 13-10-41 on bottom right in white.


This image is from the Museum's Local History collection

Punch Street Bolton Corporation Emergency Food Van 13 Oct 1941 - note the blackout headlights.


The vans were "provided by Mr Henry Ford & Mr Edsel B Ford and voluntarily maintained by Gordons Ltd" (from Bolton remembers the war))

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To the north of Deane Road and a few hundred yards west of Mayor Street was a small area known as "Pocket" or "The Pocket". Apparently that was where Mark Street was. I have not actually found this street on a map but on the 6 inch OS maps a few streets round that area are not named.


Picturesque and nostalgic but no doubt almost uninhabitable - though just imagine what COULD have been done with them.

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Deane Road, corner of Cannon Street. A now well established Hindu Temple in what was previously a Unitarian church

Bottom end of Cannon Street. The gable just left of centre with a just about discernable half-round window is the Unitarion Church. 1940. The coloured picture below was also part of the Then & Now article. The obliterated sign on the left had been the Cottage Inn (thank you Ron Hesford)

A more recent and slightly nearer view of the Cannon Street junction with Deane Road with the Unitarian clearly visible.

Looking down Deane Road to Cannon Street. The very pale grey block is the BIHE multi-storey building.

Pikes Lane Board School c1910. The turning on the right is Board Street (as in Board School , administered by a Board, NOT Boarding School!


Deane Road with Pikes Lane School on the right.

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Pikes Lane School, typical Victorian, now demolished and replaced by a health centre,

late 1940s. It is quite a magnificent building but apparently not what is required these days for a primary School. There is a new Pikes Lane School

behind the health centre.

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Pikes Lane School


A few yards further up Deane Road looking back past the school towards town, Gibraltar Rock, lady with wicker basket, shawl, and possibly clogs

1975 picture from David Whenlock's collection. The Gibraltar Rock Hotel, now a convenience store.

Slightly higher up Deane Road, again on the north side, The Cross Guns Hotel in the 1920s.

Gilnow Lane. Gilnow Mill is on the other side of the Middlebrook and the railway.

An earlier picture of Gilnow Lane with houses on the right still standing and a "corner shop" on the corner of Gibraltar Street.

Pikes Lane football field - an early home of Bolton Wanderers. This was behind the houses on the other side (south side) of Deane Road from Gilnow Lane.

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On the right off Deane Road the building which had been the Co-op laundry. At this time it is occupied by the Initial Swim School and a couple of other private businesses.

The laundry has been replaced by Amir Khan's "Wedding Venue". At the time of this picture February 2017 work has been paused and some discussions were on-going as to whether the building might ultimately have a different purpose.

This block of shops on the south side of Deane Road (left hand side as you leave Bolton) is almost entirely occupied by Bolton Wholesale Electrical Factors. Different shops including carpet sales have occupied this block since. Hove St at the left of the block, Saviour's Church was to the right.

Bolton Wholesale Electrical Factors and St Saviour's Church with Bankfield Street beyond it.

Picture posted on Facebook by Vince Wayne.

Saviour's Church was built between 1882 and 1885. It cost about £20,000 (£1,930,000 as of 2015), and was paid for by Thomas Greenhalgh, an Evangelical mill-owner. Thomas inherited the money from his brother Nathaniel, who had died in 1877, aged 60. It was one of two churches in the area financed from this inheritance, the other being All Souls Church. Both churches were designed by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. St Saviour's was demolished in 1975. The church was faced in red brick with Longridge stone dressings. It had a west tower with a stepped pierced parapet, and pinnacles rising to a height of 137 feet (42 m). The nave was 86 feet (26 m) long and 50 feet (15 m) wide, in five bays with large transepts on the sides of the eastern bay. The transepts led to aisles on the north and south sides of the chancel. The church provided seating for 804 people. It had a seven-light east window containing stained glass by Burlison and Grylls, and a west window with glass by Shrigley and Hunt. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner referred to the church as "one of their [Paley and Austin's] noblest churches". (Wikipedia)

This picture was taken before the properties to the left (Wholesale Electrical) were built but the properties beyond Bankfield Street are already there. This is the Church of the Saviour, more usually called (The) Saviour's Church. It is sometimes, incorrectly called St Saviour's a title given to it in Wikipedia which also places it in Astley Bridge (confusing it with All Souls). There is a St Saviour's in Ringley, Stoneclough.

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John Street looking across to Kirk Street. Demolition here in preparation fo the building of College Way (now University Way) along the line of John Street. (Other pictures appear on the Derby Street page.)


The remaining houses would be demolished shortly afterwards and replaced by University buildings plus lawn and car park.


© John Westhead - included by permission.

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Junction of Deane Road with Bankfield Street, St Saviour's Church immediately down from Bankfield Street. Picture posted on Facebook by Linda Webb.

1971 Junction of Deane Road with Oriel Street.  The Council had just decided that there were too many advertising hoardings defacing Bolton’s roads. The immediate intention was the removal of 61 displays on Deane Road and Wigan Road, said to be inappropriate and visually offensive. This is Deane Road’s most cluttered gable end on Oriel Street just above the Church of the Saviour. Ironically, the adverts are still there but the Church is long gone, as is Belle Vue, but adverts for beer and baccy have now also been removed.

The first street on the right is Gordon Avenue which is the dividing line between Deane Road and Wigan Road.


The hoardings are to the left of the garage - Aranda Garage? - but now a Tesco local with petrol sales.


Gordon Avenue.

Image from Google Maps StreetView which will be replaced



Looking across Middlebrook to Saviour’s Church and Merton Mill

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Looking from the start of Wigan Road into Deane Road, Deane Methodist church on left, Saviour’s Church on right.


Deane Road and town with Breightmet and Affetside in the distance.

The Parish Church is to the right of the Town Hall and to its left is the gasholder just off Folds Road.

Caledonia Used Cars - was the name inspired by Caledonia Street just up the hill opposite? For quite a few years this has been Bolton Blinds. Late 2020 it remains Bolton Blinds but shares with another firm. Gordon Street is opposite the lower edge of this site.


The people are standing on what was locally known as Spion Cop. One version of this picture was labelled Nebo Street, the alternative "the top of Quebec Street/Horeb Street" is essentially the same place.

Church right in the middle is Emmanuel  church, just off Cannon Street, converted into flats about 1999. The mills to the left mostly gone, but some parts left, facing on to Deane Road owned by Holt’s Hosiery (though a mill that has their name on is closer to Derby Street), where Damart was for a few years up to 2009. The many chimneys make a typical Bolton view. The moors are just visible beyond the town.

David Dawber supplied the following information: Chimneys left to right: Big Bertha (destructor chimney), Egyptian Mill, Cannon's Mill with smoke, Power Station twin chimneys (one hidden by the smoke), the cooling tower with the big power station chimney in front, Denvale Mill, St Helena Mill, Bark Street Tannery, Ryder Bros., Holdsworth's, Dart Mill, Carter's, Peel Mills, Flax Mill, Holt's, Victoria Mill (Dean Street), Tillotson's, Eagle Mill and Flash Mills.  I think Slater's Bleachworks chimney must be behind Carter's chimney.

Churches visible are: St Paul's Deansgate, St George's, St George's Road Cong, and Emmanuel (in front of Holt's chimney).

Bankfield Street, looking down to Deane Road.


Bankfield St from the corner. We have lost the chimney but gained Saviour's Church viewing from this angle. Posted on Facebook by Gene Watts.


March 1963, Oriel Street, another steep hill down to Deane Road, the next one up from Bankfield Street.

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Deane Road runs from mid-left to upper right. parallel to it across the top left corner is the railway and the Middlebrook with Heaton Cemetery beyond. There is surprisingly little building.

On the next page we continue up Wigan Road.

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