Bolton Dungeon




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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   Windy Bank (now Bank Street)  Bolton

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   unknown

Year closed   unknown

Century of Operation   1600-1699, 1700-1799

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Potentially held prisoners taken after the 1644 Bolton Massacre in the first Civil War. Visible on a map of Windy Bank from 1797. In 'The History of Great and Little Bolton' (1823), John Brown mentions an 'Old Dungeon' contiguous to the shop of Israel Pemberton, a Primitive Quaker.

Description: Section of a map of Windy Bank dating from 1797, showing the position of the dungeon (shaded yellow), next to the Bird in Hand stable.

Photo by: © Bolton Archives and Local Studies, Albinson Collection, ZAL855

Description: The likely site of the dungeon at Windy Bank. Likely near water level. New bridge sits above.

Photo by: © Denis McCann (with permission)

Description: Dungeon site on Bank Street (formerly Windy Bank)

Photo by: © Denis McCann (with permission)


    John Brown, The History of Great and Little Bolton (Manchester, 1823) pp. 357-358
  • Map of Windy Bank from 1797, from the Albinson Collection (ZAL855), Bolton Archives, posted by Andrew Hodson in the Discussion Board for the Ancient Bolton-Pre 1800s Bolton Facebook Group (21 August 2018)



Archive name: Bolton Archives

Catalogue ref: ZAL855

Collection: Albinson Collection

Description: Map of Windy Bank

Dates: 1797


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    • Rosalind Crone

      Excellent, many thanks! I have corrected the reference, and also added an additional reference to the archive.

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