OUR FORCES WILL NOT FLIE THROUGH EIGHTY MUSQUETEERS THEY CONFLICT WITH THE ENEMIE TO OUR GREAT LOSSE. GOD FIRES OUR MAGAZINE UPON THE COMMON AT HOUGHTON CHAPPEL 1642.
This town was brought into the Bolton Borough in 1900, a
market town with some local industry. Mining was a principle occupation, and
it was a hazardous occupation. On December 21, 1910, at Pretoria Pit in the
town, an underground explosion killed 344 people leaving just 3 survivors.
Mining was a family occupation, and the disaster was felt very hard.
The town lies about 4 miles south west of Bolton. The M61 Manchester to Preston motorway runs along the northern boundary. Market days are Thursday and Saturday. Various shops line Market Street, early closing day (when some shops close for the day from lunchtime) is Wednesday. A market square provides car parking, a supermarket and a number of other retail outlets, and a Chinese restaurant.
You can go inside a few shops and buildings in the town.
Westhoughton Youth Drop In is at 6 Bolton Rd, they have a website at http://wydi.co.uk/
An independent toy shop in the town http://www.tinniswoods.co.uk/ has a web site so you can have a virtual visit.
Westhoughton Folk Club have quite a reputation in the North West for bringing big names to their local venue, they have a website at http://www.folkclub.org.uk/.
The Westhoughton Rotary undertake a lot of charity work throughout the year. Their web site is at http://www.westhoughton-rotary.org/ .
Stephen Clarke has set up howfen.net as a local business directory, using a locally used slang name for Westhougton of Howfen. You can find it at http://www.howfen.net/
Quite recently Market street has undergone refurbishment, replacing the road surface, streetlamps and pavement, with the addition of discrete traffic calming. The town centre bypass road Cricketers Way leads east towards Chequerbent, or west to Dobb Brow (down Wigan Road). North along Bolton Road leads to Chew Moor.
Another story suggests that a cows head, left over from an oxroasting
celebration after the Napoleonic Wars of 1815, was mounted on a pole, while
two opposing factions in the town fought over it.
Westhoughton likes to call itself "the little apple", with Central Park and Carnegie Hall, an attempted twinning with New York was turned down some years ago!
Westhoughton Sports and Leisure Centre has a swimming pool. The phone number of the centre is 01942 814030. Westhoughton High School have a web site. They also run an online newspaper at http://www.informer.org.uk/
Hall Lee Bank Park leads about a mile south to Daisy Hill, consisting of mixed woodland with a stream running though the middle.
The White Lion Inn, at the corner of Market Street and Bolton Road was the house of Mr Grundy according the 1841 Census. It has also been a Post Office, letters were displayed in the window to the far left of the building.
As with many towns, developers have been trying to buy up the last remaining bits of green that actually make somewhere pleasant to live. Westhoughton has, or used to have quite a lot of green area and there is not much of it left. A local residents pressure group called SWAN (Save Westhoughton Act Now) have an ongoing campaign to preserve the quality of life, and they have a web site at http://www.swanonline.co.uk/.
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