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Egerton Village is located in North Bolton, Lancashire
just south of Darwen and Blackburn.

The village takes its name from the former landlord of the area, Sir Thomas Egerton, Baronet.  It was developed in the 1830s when John and Edmund Ashworth set up their cotton mills.

Philip Ashworth the son of Edmund and Charlotte Ashworth, of Egerton Hall, Bolton, died 17th January 1871, aged 26 years. Buried in the English Cemetery in Malaga, Spain.

Rumour has it that Egerton was the birthplace of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, which started there as Christ Church FC in 1874.

Best places to bring up kids
Village News
According to a new survey Bromlet Cross (BL7) is the 5th best place in the UK to bring up children. 

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Friday, September 30 @ 10:32:23 UTC (1119 reads)
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Local Football for all ageg
Village News If you or your children (boys or girls) are interested in getting involved in football locally then visit and find out more details.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Tuesday, September 27 @ 14:50:39 UTC (1109 reads)
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Egerton Park Update
Village News If you are interested in joining the Egerton Park Action Group then watch out for details of the first meeting to be held at Egerton House Hotel in the October issue of Here4You! Magazine.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Tuesday, September 27 @ 14:48:45 UTC (1379 reads)
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Egerton Park
Egerton History
Egerton Park was given to the local community in the 19th century as a "thank you" to the mill workers for not striking whilst negotiating working conditions. It was used by many local groups for a range of recreational activities.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Wednesday, March 02 @ 13:56:07 UTC (1161 reads)
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Walmsley Church AODS - A potted history
Egerton History
Walmsley Church AODS began life as Walmsley Sunday School Operatic Society with its first officially recorded meeting being January 9th, 1928. The opening minute records that it was… ”proposed and seconded that we keep the society together, working with the church as before”.

Life in Egerton during the 20s and 30s was very different from the present. The population of the area was a fraction of what it is today, and the social impact of the motor car was still on a limited scale. Audiences travelled to and from Egerton on buses, and it was even in the minutes of one meeting that the bus company was to be asked to double its services during show week!

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Hall was home of Deakin family
Egerton History
In 1956, Egerton Hall was demolished. It was formerly home of the Deakin family of Egerton Dye Works, but was vacant from 1936 until 1940, when it was occupied by a section of the North London Homes for the Blind; they stayed until September, 1953, when the hall became empty again and was then bought by a contracting firm, for demolition purposes. 'The house had been built in about 1826 by Edmund Ashworth, JP, who had purchased the land from the Egerton Dye Works and who lived there until a year or so before his death in 1881.  He was succeeded in the tenancy of the hall by his son, who died 20 years later.

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A history of the Ashworth family
Egerton History
The Ashworth family, who first came to Bolton to escape the Great Plague of London in 1665, worked a large farm at Birtenshaw, and were one of the first families to specialise in textile production in Bolton. John Ashworth (1696-1767) bought cotton in Liverpool and Manchester and sold, or gave it out on credit, to the local cottage spinners and weavers. He then bought back the finished cloth.

The soil and climate in Turton were poor for farming, so the switch to textiles manufacture was more rapid than in other areas. The Ashworths and neighbouring gentry became manufacturers, while the labourers and cottagers became domestic spinners and weavers. Henry Ashworth (1728-1790) shared in the local development of the cotton industry, while retaining his farming interests and also starting what was to become the family occupation of land and property agent. He had a warehouse in Bolton town centre, on the corner of Fold Street and Chancery Lane, and one in Manchester. He had an extensive business in the manufacture of a coarse durable fabric called Thick Sets Fustians and Jeans, using a linen warp called Hambro Yarn and a cotton weft. After the introduction of Arkwright's water-frame a cotton warp was used. It is believed that Henry once employed the inventor of the cotton spinning Mule, Samuel Crompton (1753-1827), and also Crompton's future wife. After Henry's death in 1790, his two sons John (1772-1855) and Edmund (1776-1856) continued the family business. John became a member of the Edgworth Quakers in 1793.

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Cheetham's Close
Egerton History Early evidence of man in the Bolton area is shown by the Stone Circle on Chetham Close, Egerton.  The circle is 1050 feet above sea level and is thought to date from the early Bronze Age.

Low stumps are all that remains today after a farmer tenant of Turton Tower demolished the more or less perfect 51 feet circle with a sledgehammer.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Wednesday, March 02 @ 11:54:34 UTC (1131 reads)
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Egerton Flood - 30th July 1874
Egerton History DURING the thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon, at Egerton the rain descended in torrents followed, it is said, by a shower of very large hailstones.  Two lambs belonging to Mr Alfred Ashworth, of Egerton Hall, whilst lying under a tree in the Church Field, were killed by lightning. A poplar tree in the near Independent Chapel, and a large oak tree near the Old Globe field, were also struck by the electric fluid and considerable damaged.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Wednesday, March 02 @ 11:49:44 UTC (2103 reads)
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Hygiene in Egerton
Village News
For those of you that tend to eat out in Egerton I'm sure that food standards and hygiene are something that will come to mind at one point or another.  Luckily Egerton food and drink outlets seem to be in very good hands and we can all sleep safe at night knowing that what we've been eating is prepared with care.

Each business is given a ‘hygiene rating’ when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law.

When you eat out or shop for food, you might see a sticker in the window or on the door, or a certificate on display, showing you the hygiene rating for that business. Businesses are encouraged to display these stickers and certificates at their premises in a place where you can easily see them when you visit.

Posted by egerton_webmaster on Monday, February 07 @ 20:58:28 UTC (4110 reads)
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