Following on the success of last year’s Cotton, Culture and Characters, Bolton-based arts and heritage organisaton, Live from Worktown is launching the second of its free online series of historically themed guided walks.
Edwardian Bolton: Drinkers, Swindlers, Hangmen and Suffragettes brings to life the history of Bolton Town Centre, starting and ending in Churchgate, a vibrant promenade in 1901 crammed with pubs, theatres and laughter.
“Gas lit the streets, pride had decorated the buildings for the old Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and confidence inhabited the hearts of Boltonians. The Empire was at its greatest extent and there was work and fun to be had. But watch out! Soon those suffragettes will cause mayhem, but not before a murder brings tragedy and shame!”
Local historian, Dave Burnham has led many walks around Bolton over the years. However, when the pandemic struck these in-person guided walks were no longer possible. Undaunted, the Worktown Walks team set about reimagining them, producing downloadable directions and commentary instead.
Dave Burnham says, “I hope people will find the stories of Bolton’s Edwardian history fascinating while they enjoy getting the exercise we all need for both our hearts and our heads during this difficult time.”
Along with Dave, who researches and writes the walks, Bolton FM presenter, Brad B. Wood voices them, organises the project and takes care of the technicals. The team is completed by Peter Firth and Dave Bryce who trial the walks, feedback improvements and compose and perform the music, plus new recruit, Emily Cooke who’s provided additional voices.
Impressed by the project, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust have got involved to fund this second walk’s production. BWCT’s Strategy Lead (Education & Inclusion), Adam Warriner said, “These walks are a great opportunity for people to get out and exercise while engaging with the heritage and history of our town.”
Having trialed it with local families, BWCT’s Beth Warriner said, “Our families loved the walk with the Lomax family saying how brilliant it was seeing their town’s history come to life!”
Subsequent Worktown Walks will offer further comprehensive narratives woven around specific, local themes, as well as featuring introductions to places that even locals may not know about. The third walk, Turton, the Barlows and the beginnings of Football will be released later in the year.
Visit livefromworktown.bandcamp.com, to download the walk with map, directions and audio commentary.
For more informa8on/interviews contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07779 239 779
This walk is supported by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust as part of the ‘Communities United’ project, funded by the English Football League Trust and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government