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A former mill town, Bolton has been a production centre for textiles since Flemish weavers settled in the area in the 14th century, introducing a wool and cotton-weaving tradition.

Burgage plots were laid out on Churchgate and Deansgate in the centre of the medieval town close to where Ye Olde Man & Scythe public house, dating from 1251, is situated today.

A parliamentary garrison in the town was attacked twice without success but on Prince Rupert's Royalist army with troops under the command of the Earl of Derby attacked again.

In 1067 Great Bolton was the property of Roger de Poitou and after 1100, of Roger de Meresheys.

It became the property of the Pilkingtons who forfeited it in the Civil War and after that the Stanleys who became Earls of Derby.

The mule revolutionised cotton spinning by combining the roller drafting of Arkwright's water frame with the carriage drafting and spindle tip twisting of James Hargreaves's spinning jenny, producing a high quality yarn.

Self-acting mules were used in Bolton mills until the 1960s producing fine yarn.

The town of Bolton has a population of 139,403, whilst the wider metropolitan borough has a population of 262,400.

Historically part of Lancashire, Bolton originated as a small settlement in the moorland known as Bolton le Moors.

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) is a town in Greater Manchester in North West England.

Bolton was a 19th-century boomtown, and at its zenith in 1929 its 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing works made it one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning in the world.

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