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Vanished Streets Of Bolton

While researching my family history, I found that some of the streets people had lived on in Bolton no longer existed. I compiled a list and then used census searches to locate surrounding streets that still exist, along Old Maps Online, to pinpoint their locations. This is by no means a complete list of all Bolton’s lost streets and if you would like me to add any others, let me know. I will be adding to the list as I come across more ancestors’ addresses.

Map of Bolton in 1938 from Old Maps Online

Note that ‘Back’ of any street it listed under the main street name. I may have inadvertently included some streets that still exist today.

  • Apple Street, Bolton
    Daubhill area. Ran between Rothwell Street and Back Hammond Street, about where Ashbury Close is today (thank you to David Dawber for the correction).
  • Aspden Street, Bolton
    Was in the area where Halliwell Road meets Blackburn Road, just above Egyptian Street. Aspden Street was one of several short streets that linked Moss Street and Victoria Street – both of which also no longer exist. Today the area contains modern housing running off Kentford Road.
  • Bull Lane, Bolton
    Daubhill area. Was off Lever Street, ran parallel with Snipe Street and Grecian Crescent, at the side of Robin Hood Mill, it is now the entrance to Bolton Plastic Components goods yard
  • Carey Street, Bolton
    Daubhill area. Was near Fletcher Street and Edgar Street, behind the old railway station goods yard, there’s now an Aldi on the site.
  • Chemist Street, Bolton
    Ran between Kay Street and Waterloo Street, around where B&Q is today.
  • Gilbert Street, Bolton
    Ran off Quebec Street and into Delph Street. Now playing fields bordered by Quebec Street and Edward Street.
  • Grecian Street, Bolton
    Ran off Lever Street, near to Robin Hood Mill. Grecian Street is now part of Grecian Crescent.
  • Hammond Street, Bolton
    Ran between Parrot Street and Derby Street at the end of Bantry Street heading in the direction of Pilkington Street (see photo below). Was replaced by new streets of houses in the 70s and 80s.
  • Isabel Street, Bolton
    Ran between Quebec Street and Gibbon Street, just north of Burnaby Street. Now playing fields bordered by Quebec Street and Edward Street.
  • James Street, Bolton
    Was partially demolished by German bombing duringWW2, the rest of the street was demolished in 1965 to make way for the Bolton Institute of Technology. It ran between Deane Road and Derby Street, directly opposite Fletcher Street. The site is now part of the University of Bolton.
  • John Taylor Street, Bolton
    Demolished in slum clearances in the 1950s. It was located between Coe Street and Foundary Street.
  • Lyon Street, Bolton
    It and all the surrounding streets have been demolished and the area remodelled. It was located above Queens Park, near to Vernon Street.
  • Mason Street, Bolton
    Ran off Mayor Street, parallel with Wellington Street, between Deane Road and Queens Park. Today the area has completely changed and been replaced with new housing and industrial units.
  • Peel Street, Bolton
    Ran in between and parallel to Parrot Street and Bantry Street (see photo below). There are 70s houses there today.
  • Pilkington Street, Bolton
    Whilst Pilkington Street still exists today, it used to be longer, running on past St Peter & St Paul Catholic School and up to Derby Street. When Fletcher Street was widened and redeveloped in the 1980s, the top end of Pilkington Street was lost (see photo below)
  • Raby Street, Bolton
    Ran between Rix Street and Walley Street, roughly where Pinewood Close is today.
  • Taylor Brow, Bolton
    Was located off Deansgate, near to the present Market Hall, around the Crown Street and Bridge Streets areas. The area was a collection of narrow passages and was demolished in slum clearances long ago. There is a description of living conditions in Taylor Brow in 1847.
  • Walter Street, Bolton
    Ran between Quebec Street and Gibbon Street. Now playing fields bordered by Quebec Street and Edward Street.
  • York Street, Bolton
    Ran between Nile Street and Coe Street on the south side of Bridgeman Street in the Daubhill area of Bolton. The street was demolished and replaced by industrial units.

You can find some interesting old photos of Bolton at Bolton Worktown, which has Mass Observation pictures, recording everyday life in the late 1930s. St Mark’s Church and School which has photos and information of the old streets and buildings around the Fletcher Street area. Lost Pubs Of Bolton has a large amount of information and photos of Bolton’s pubs, which includes pictures of the streets the pubs were on. There are also a couple of Facebook groups that share old and new photos of Bolton – In and Around Bolton and I Belong To Bolton.

Pilkington Street, Bolton in 1937, showing how the houses continued on past the school. Taken by Humphrey Spender for Mass Observation, copyright Bolton Council.

Peel Street and Hammon Street Bolton

Looking down Bantry Street and Peel Street, Bolton towards Hammond Street. Copyright Bolton Council.

38 Comments

  1. Michael Stringfellow

    Sydney St, Ran between Bridgeman st and Thyne St, I lived at number 19 then 46 and last was 110 . Number 46 was the old Lord Hill Pub, we ran a Guest house, and 110 was the General Havalock pub. Then I left and moved To Sydney, Australia.

    • Rose Bremner

      I recently found out my great uncle lived at number 9 Sidney Street ..surname Clark

  2. Erica

    Thank you. That’s really useful. I have a relation born in Grecian Street and didn’t know where it was.

    • Sharon

      I’m always fascinated by where people lived (almost as much as by who they were). My 2xgreat grandmother lived on Grecian Street in 1891.

  3. Joseph Adams

    I am looking for Madeline Street Great Lever any help would be appreciated..

    • Sharon

      On the 1911 census, Madeline Street is listed as ‘off Hyde Street’, though I haven’t been able to find either on any old maps. The only Hyde Street I can find on a modern map is a small alley that runs between St Helens Road and Back St Helens Road (if that’s the same Hyde Street then it must have crossed St Helens Road in the past because it’s too short for any other street to have run off it). Sorry I can’t be of more help. If I do find a map that covers that area I’ll check again.

    • Michael Essien

      Madeline street was off FYLDE street, presumably the Moses Gate one , can’t find a FYLDE street in the greater Bolton area.

    • David Horsley

      I lived at 5 Madeline st Great Lever, Bolton. It was demolished as part of slum clearance about 1965. Madeline street was off Fylde street at Moses Gate. It was next to Gladys Street which still exists. The top of the street met Corson street which still exists but was curtailed with the new bypass which cut across the top part of Madeline street. The Fylde street disaster was in 1957 but Madeline street was saved but the houses on Fylde street were lost.

    • David Horsley

      I lived at 5 Madeline street, Great Lever. It is off Fylde Street near Moses Gate. It was demolished in about 1965 as part of slum. clearance. It was parallel to Gladys Street, a part of which is still there. At the top it joined Corson street which still exists but was cut short by the new bypass. Continue a line from Corson street to Gladys Street and Madeline street came off parallel to Gladys Street down to Fylde Street. There are pictures on the net of the 1957 Fylde Street disaster but none I think contain Madeline street.

  4. Chris Hampson

    Hello – I have relatives who kept a shop at 2-4 Joseph Lee Street, which seems to have been near Vicarage Street, perhaps again in what is now the playing fields between Edward Street and Quebec Street. They were there from about 1880 to the late 1890s. Does anyone know more exactly where it was, when it was demolished and whether there are any photos?
    Thanks

    • Rafiq Adam

      Hello
      I hope this will help
      Edward st was at back end of Emmanuel church
      Joseph Lee street was parallel to Edward street
      then parallel to Joseph lee street was Osbourne street vicarage street was where Bcom is

      • David Dawber

        Edward Street and Vicarage Street are still there, but the old houses have gone.

    • Rafiq Adam

      There was parliament street
      Delph st
      Gilbert street
      Walter street
      Isabel street
      Burnaby street
      Gibbon street
      Milner street
      Oak street
      Nuttall street
      Ramwell street
      Rankine street
      Birkdale street
      Robert Stanley street
      Thomas Rostron street
      Bamber street
      Holt street

      Plenty more

      • Douglas

        Can you tell me whereabouts Oak Street was
        Regards

      • David Dawber

        Of that above list, the following still exist (minus their old houses): Delph Street, Burnaby Street, Gibbon Street and Holt Street. The houses at the upper end of Gibbon Street are still there. The old Co-op building at the corner of Gibbon Street and Burnaby Street survives as well.

  5. Paul Houghton

    Has anyone a photo of where my grandparents “Rowlinsons” lived? my Gran was born & lived at 10 Grecian Street, by age of four, she moved in with her aunte (Sarah Jane Mayoh-Jackson / mother sister) and family at 4 Back Cannon Street, married in Warrington then became a Houghton, her fathers name Henry Rowlinson, mother Mary (Mayoh), Any one a photo of either or both streets? of has a connecting name.

  6. Glynis Woodcock

    I’m trying to locate Devonshire street is there anyone out there to throw light on it,

    • Michael Essien

      Madeline street was off 13 FYLDE street,
      Devonshire street was off LUTHER street. off Waterloo street

    • Jm

      Devonshire street was roughly between the current Howard street and Calvin Street parallel to Waterloo street at the bottom of the junction of Halliwell Road and Blackburn Road.

  7. Rose Bremner

    Hi I’m trying to find Taylor’s Yard in Bolton were my grandmother lived in 1917. I am thinking it’s near Lever St in Great Lever. Any help appreciated The Thanks.

  8. Denise Porter(Hulme)

    I’m trying to find it there is still a Chemist street in the parish of little Bolton. My 2x Gt parents and 1 x grand father lived there on the 1851 census. William and Mary Hulme their son Thomas Hulme.

  9. ROLAND Heald

    Can anybody email me any photographs of Lyon Street Bolton. Lyon Street was demolished in the early 60s
    Thank you Roland

  10. David Dawber

    Apple Street ran from Rothwell Street to Back Hammond Street (not Shaw Street).

  11. Jaymay

    Does anyone have any information of when the houses in Providence Street were built.? they were there in 1865 and demolished around the 1960s . I was born here in 1960 and they were slums then!!!

  12. Jaymay

    PS Sorry, Providence street ran parallel to Thynne street and Moncreiffe street
    in Bolton where the GUS building now stands.

  13. Kevan Swift

    Looking for Isabel street

  14. Richard Owens

    I use to live in yarrow place 60 years ago l remember we were opposite a park which we use to play and the terrace house was not far from a place we took our animals in vernon street. Was wondering if anyone would remember the area.
    I moved to North Wales when I was 7 years old

  15. Barbara clarke

    Has anyone any knowledge of George Street Sharples in 1888?

  16. Brenda

    My husband’s great grandfather left the army in 1879 to live in Little John Street Bolton – can any tell me where it was please. Many thanks.

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