Everything you need to know about Lancashire

Everything you need to know about Lancashire

Everything you need to know about Lancashire

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BOLTON Council has been told it will soon be allowed to put "Bolton, Lancashire" on street signs - but do you know the history of the county?

First established as a county in 1182, Lancashire takes its name from the city of Lancaster meaning "Roman fort on the River Lune".

The county was divided into the six "hundreds" of Amounderness, Blackburn, Leyland, Lonsdale, Salford — of which Bolton was a member — and West Derby.

Bolton was granted a charter in 1253, and in 1838 the county borough of Bolton was formed with the merging of Great Bolton, Little Bolton and the Tonge with the Haulgh township. It was independent of administration of Lancashire County Council, but remained part of the county for judicial and policing purposes.

On April 1, 1974, Lancashire was reduced as a consequence of the Local Government Act, as Cumbria was created, the south east became Greater Manchester and south west joined Merseyside.

On November 27 Lancashire Day is marked every year, marking the day in 1295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament. Back in 2008 Bolton Council resolved to commemorate it every year, following a campaign by Cllr Walsh.

TOWNS IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.

GMC vs AGMA

From 1974, the Greater Manchester County Council was created as a "top tier" local government authority, in charge of regional public transport, planning, emergency services and waste disposal.

Its aim was to "harmonise" the efforts of the 10 Greater Manchester authorities — of which Bolton is a member — and give strategic planning.

However in 1986 it was abolished and replaced with the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AMGA), in a bid to give more power back to local councils.

A voluntary organisation, AGMA now coordinates economic development, housing, planning and health, but its decisions depend on the input of member councils.

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5:55pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification..

Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP.
The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification.. Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP. Phil from Smithills
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6:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Commuter 168 says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification..

Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP.
My grandfather was a sergeant in Lancashire Constabulary in Bolton division (Westhoughton) posted there from
Bury in 1961.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification.. Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP.[/p][/quote]My grandfather was a sergeant in Lancashire Constabulary in Bolton division (Westhoughton) posted there from Bury in 1961. Commuter 168
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7:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Hulton Park says...

Bolton County Borough was not formed in 1838 - that was just the Borough of Bolton, formed from the townships of Great and Little Bolton, plus parts of others. That does not mean that Bolton was previously two towns - "townships" were the smallest administrative unit and performed the role of parishes in Lancashire, where the latter could cover huge areas.

The county borough arrived at the same time as Lancashire CC, in the late 1880s.
Bolton County Borough was not formed in 1838 - that was just the Borough of Bolton, formed from the townships of Great and Little Bolton, plus parts of others. That does not mean that Bolton was previously two towns - "townships" were the smallest administrative unit and performed the role of parishes in Lancashire, where the latter could cover huge areas. The county borough arrived at the same time as Lancashire CC, in the late 1880s. Hulton Park
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1:58pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Commuter 168 wrote:
Phil from Smithills wrote:
The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification..

Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP.
My grandfather was a sergeant in Lancashire Constabulary in Bolton division (Westhoughton) posted there from
Bury in 1961.
Regards to being in the Lancashire Constabulary , he was based in Westhoughton which was not include into Bolton until 1974 with the other local towns all policed by the Lancashire Constabulary.

Bolton had its own Bolton Borough Police Force with its own Chief Constable which policed inside the Borough, although Lancashire Police had a police station in Castle Street, Bolton.

I also had a relative, an uncle who was in the Bolton police force. in the late 40's and 50's.he joined after the wa,r as he was a military policeman during WW2.
[quote][p][bold]Commuter 168[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: The section on policing in Bolton, needs clarification.. Bolton had its own police force which was separate from its Lancashire counterparts, and in about 1969 was amalgamated into the Lancashire Constabulary for about three years before leaving and helped to create the GMP.[/p][/quote]My grandfather was a sergeant in Lancashire Constabulary in Bolton division (Westhoughton) posted there from Bury in 1961.[/p][/quote]Regards to being in the Lancashire Constabulary , he was based in Westhoughton which was not include into Bolton until 1974 with the other local towns all policed by the Lancashire Constabulary. Bolton had its own Bolton Borough Police Force with its own Chief Constable which policed inside the Borough, although Lancashire Police had a police station in Castle Street, Bolton. I also had a relative, an uncle who was in the Bolton police force. in the late 40's and 50's.he joined after the wa,r as he was a military policeman during WW2. Phil from Smithills
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4:42pm Fri 23 May 14

swager123 says...

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Ohhhh Lancy Lancy !! Lancy Lancy Lancy Lancy Lancashire !!!! swager123
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