Historic kerb stones to be preserved in Bolton town centre development

Historic kerb stones to be preserved in Bolton town centre development

The kerb stones at the corner of St Helena Road and Bark Street

Cllr John Walsh looks at the markings on the kerb stones at the corner of St Helena Road and Bark Street

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

KERBSTONES which are marked by Bolton’s industrial heritage will be preserved in a new apartment complex.

Markings which display where tannery cartwheels ground into the pavement almost 200 years ago will be kept as part of the planned 10-storey building at the junction of Bark Street and St Helena Road.

Cllr John Walsh received assurances from developer Bark Street Investments during a meeting of Bolton’s planning committee.

The building which will consist of seven storeys and 10 storeys will include 16 three-bedroom apartments, a food store, a warehouse and offices.

Cllr Walsh, who represents Astley Bridge, said he was thrilled that the developers had listened to his concerns about the landmark, thought to be dated as early as 1815.

He said: “It’s part of Bolton’s rich industrial heritage, and sadly we have lost many examples of our heritage. Protecting it is important.

“The carts would have been laden with cattle skins to go to the tannery to be made into leather, so it would have been very heavy to have a grinding effect on the road.

"I don’t know of anywhere else that has these markings — to find them on a hill, and on a bend to slow down the carts, is unusual.

“I’m glad I had my opportunity to raise it in planning committee — now we’ve got to make sure it happens.”

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12:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Good news our council normally cant destroy our history quick enough.
Good news our council normally cant destroy our history quick enough. Wolfie190
  • Score: 18

1:30pm Sat 15 Mar 14

hal pel says...

Is this a joke?
Is this a joke? hal pel
  • Score: 5

1:58pm Sat 15 Mar 14

hal pel says...

The next time somebody complains about the state of Bolton's roads, I'll refer them to this article.
The next time somebody complains about the state of Bolton's roads, I'll refer them to this article. hal pel
  • Score: 8

4:04pm Sat 15 Mar 14

soup153 says...

Well now some people know where they are can't see them being around much longer.
Well now some people know where they are can't see them being around much longer. soup153
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Sat 15 Mar 14

soup153 says...

Anyway with the attempt to keep some of the wooden market block flooring. Can't wait to see this offering.
Anyway with the attempt to keep some of the wooden market block flooring. Can't wait to see this offering. soup153
  • Score: 4

10:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Bazzerd says...

maybe the same ruling should have been applied before the odeon was demolished..eh?..or the old firestation?? eh?
maybe the same ruling should have been applied before the odeon was demolished..eh?..or the old firestation?? eh? Bazzerd
  • Score: 10

10:31pm Sat 15 Mar 14

steveG says...

New tack by the council - preservation?? Usually destruction.
New tack by the council - preservation?? Usually destruction. steveG
  • Score: 5

10:24am Sun 16 Mar 14

marco999 says...

How wonderfully Kitsch.
How wonderfully Kitsch. marco999
  • Score: 1

11:45am Sun 16 Mar 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Yes we should be preserving much of our towns architecture, to simply demolish and replace with concrete buildings, is not the way forward.

Also glad to see the old side stones are still in situ in Smithills Dean Road near Barrow Bridge chimney.

They were used to give the horse a rest, so the cart, laden with bleached cotton, would not slide back down the slope. especially in icy conditions, as they travelled up or down the road to and from the Bleach Works. The horses were stabled, in what are now, redeveloped properties, on Moss Lane adjacent to Moss Bank Park.
Yes we should be preserving much of our towns architecture, to simply demolish and replace with concrete buildings, is not the way forward. Also glad to see the old side stones are still in situ in Smithills Dean Road near Barrow Bridge chimney. They were used to give the horse a rest, so the cart, laden with bleached cotton, would not slide back down the slope. especially in icy conditions, as they travelled up or down the road to and from the Bleach Works. The horses were stabled, in what are now, redeveloped properties, on Moss Lane adjacent to Moss Bank Park. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 6

1:32pm Sun 16 Mar 14

wellIhopeso says...

Get rid of the bowling greens but keep the damaged kerbstone? No wonder the town doesn't progress.
Get rid of the bowling greens but keep the damaged kerbstone? No wonder the town doesn't progress. wellIhopeso
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
Yes we should be preserving much of our towns architecture, to simply demolish and replace with concrete buildings, is not the way forward.

Also glad to see the old side stones are still in situ in Smithills Dean Road near Barrow Bridge chimney.

They were used to give the horse a rest, so the cart, laden with bleached cotton, would not slide back down the slope. especially in icy conditions, as they travelled up or down the road to and from the Bleach Works. The horses were stabled, in what are now, redeveloped properties, on Moss Lane adjacent to Moss Bank Park.
Please note it should read Smithills Croft Road near Barrow Bridge chimney.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: Yes we should be preserving much of our towns architecture, to simply demolish and replace with concrete buildings, is not the way forward. Also glad to see the old side stones are still in situ in Smithills Dean Road near Barrow Bridge chimney. They were used to give the horse a rest, so the cart, laden with bleached cotton, would not slide back down the slope. especially in icy conditions, as they travelled up or down the road to and from the Bleach Works. The horses were stabled, in what are now, redeveloped properties, on Moss Lane adjacent to Moss Bank Park.[/p][/quote]Please note it should read Smithills Croft Road near Barrow Bridge chimney. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

They look dreadful. Why add more costs to the project. I am all for preservation. But let's focus on things that are important.
They look dreadful. Why add more costs to the project. I am all for preservation. But let's focus on things that are important. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: -3

10:57pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
They look dreadful. Why add more costs to the project. I am all for preservation. But let's focus on things that are important.
Build build build some soulless concrete or fabricated monstrosity thats unoccupied for years ?
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: They look dreadful. Why add more costs to the project. I am all for preservation. But let's focus on things that are important.[/p][/quote]Build build build some soulless concrete or fabricated monstrosity thats unoccupied for years ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 1

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