Our Featured Meetings

Our meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Whilst these meetings have been arranged, it may be that Covid-19 regulations could change at any time. Please check here before travelling to find out about times and safely requirements for the meeting.

The Story of the Pretoria Pit Disaster, by Garth Ratcliffe

Garth tells us he is the Deputy Chair of the Westhoughton Local History Group and has done about 5 exhibitions and numerous presentations for the group.

His particular interest in Pretoria stems from the fact that several of his relatives were killed in the disaster i.e. two of his grandfather's brothers Thomas and William Ratcliffe and his father was in fact named after them.

In addition, his mother's grandfather Richard Mather and his son Daniel were also killed in the event.

Moorlands, Memories & Reflections, by Prof Paul Salveson

Prof Paul Salveson, visiting Professor of Bolton University, who describes himself as a writer, historian, social entrepreneur, general crank and creator of the Lancashire Loominaries website, visits us via Zoom to tell us about his latest book “ Moorlands, Memories and Reflections”.  Covering the stirring events of September 1896 which were virtually forgotten for several decades. The story of the ‘Winter Hill Mass Trespass’, which next September sees the 125th Anniversary.

Bolton Family History Society General Meeting followed by

Researching Criminals in Bolton, by Dr Alan Crosby

Dr Alan Crosby is a very well-known local and family historian living in Preston, and is a regular visitor to the Bolton Family History Society.

This talk uses the county’s quarter sessions records (which are held at Lancashire Archives in Preston) to explore some of the murkier aspects of the Bolton area and its people in the reign of Charles I

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

We hold our meetings at the Montserrat Room, [First Floor], Bolton Old Links Golf Club, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5SU. There is ample seating and also room for a helpdesk, and a stationery (for sale) table. Coffee and tea is available and the bar is open. The room opens at 7-00pm for the helpdesk and meetings start at 7.30pm.

Our Venue

Bolton Old Links Golf Club has ample car parking facilities but access to the first floor is by stairs only. The venue is easy to get to by car and meetings are always popular and well attended.

Important Things to Know


At present all our meetings are cancelled. We hope that the situation will change and that we can hold our early 2021 meetings as planned and reschedule the meetings listed below that were planned for 2020.


We may have to introduce a booking system when meetings resume, partly to ensure social distancing and to accord with any regulations that may be in force in the months to come.

Check first

As bookings are confirmed we shall provided dates for the meetings. Please check these pages and social media before travelling to ensure that the meetings are able to proceed as planned.

About Our Meetings

Bolton FHS meetings are usually held at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the

Montserrat Room, [First Floor],
Bolton Old Links Golf Club,
Chorley Old Road,
Bolton, BL1 5SU

The Society is a friendly group who are happy to welcome visitors [entrance fee £3, refunded if you join the Society on the night] and ALL members of the MLFHS.  Tea / coffee [£1] is available from 7.00pm, as are drinks from the bar.

The talk starts at 7.30pm. There is a table of free information/advice leaflets and old genealogy magazines and facilities to purchase stationery and various publications, and we have a Help Desk before and after every talk.