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Workhouse registers

Below are lists of indexes for workhouse registers in:

People from the townships of Bradshaw, Breightmet, Darcy Lever, Edgworth, Entwistle, Farnworth, Great Bolton, Great Lever, Halliwell, Harwood, Heaton, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Bolton, Little Hulton, Little Lever, Longworth, Lostock, Middle Hulton, Over Hulton, Quarlton, Rumworth, Sharples, Tonge-with-Haulgh, Turton and Westhoughton were admitted to the Bolton Union Workhouses from 1839 onwards

The earliest workhouses were at Fletcher Street in Great Bolton and at Goose Cote Hill in Turton. These closed in 1861 and their inmates were all transferred to the new purpose built union workhouse at Fishpool in Farnworth. This building is now part of Royal Bolton Hospital (Townleys).

Although Anglezarke and Rivington were part of the ancient parish of Bolton, they were in the Chorley Poor Law Union (records at the Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston). Blackrod was in the Wigan Union (records at the Wigan Record Office, Town Hall, Leigh)

For details of other records of the Bolton Poor Law Union, see our publication “A Guide to the Bolton Archive and Local Studies Unit”. To see items marked with an asterisk (*) please ask at the Bolton History Centre.


Fever Wards Admissions 1847-1848 Original GBO/9*
Deaths 1847-1848 Microfilm D9:21
Fletcher Street Admissions 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:25-27
Births 1839-1860 Microfilm D9:21
Birth Index 1839-1860 B929.3 UNI
Deaths 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:21
Discharges 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:25-27
Inmates (Index) 1820-1833 B362.5 LAM
Kingsgate Casual Wards Admissions 1939-1940 Original GBO/9*

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Fishpool Admissions 1861-1880 Microfilm D9:27-31
Admissions 1880-1948 Original GBO/9*
Births 1861-1926 Microfilm D9:21
Birth Index 1861-1926 B929.3 UNI
Burials 1905-1908 Microfilm D9:21
Deaths 1866-1888 Microfilm D9:21
Deaths 1896-1941 Microfilm D9:21
Discharges 1861-1880 Microfilm D9:27-31
Discharges 1880-1948 Original GBO/9*

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Goose Cote Hill Admissions 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:24
Births 1839-1858 Microfilm D9:21
Deaths 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:21
Discharges 1839-1861 Microfilm D9:24

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