Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton
The Mayors of BoltonOnce upon a townA municipal palaceA (very) grand openingElephants and lionsTime for everyoneThe sincerest form of flatteryA place to gather togetherA new beginningAlso starringThe Albert HallsThe Festival HallThe Festival Hall CorridorThe Hall of Remembrance
The Banqueting HallThe Blue RoomThe Reception RoomThe Council ChamberThe Mayor's Parlour

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The Mayor's Parlour

The Mayor's Parlour and The Mayoress's Parlour are used to receive and entertain guests.

They are also an opportunity to display some of the many gifts accepted on behalf of the Borough from visiting dignitaries over the years.

Between the two parlours and also in the external corridor there are several cabinets displaying civic silverware, insignia and historic artefacts connected to the borough and to past Mayors of Bolton.

Mayor's Parlour


Click for larger image View of the Mayor's Parlour.

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Click for larger imageView of the Mayoress's Parlour.

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Click for larger image View of the Mayoress's Parlour.

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Click for larger image Cabinet display of Civic silver and plate, including the Civic Maces.

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Click for larger image Corridor outside Mayor's suite. The oil portrait on the near left is of the first Mayor of Bolton, Charles James Darbishire.

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Click for larger image Display cabinets in corridor outside the Mayor's suite which include many objects connected to HMS Dido

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The best autograph book ever...

The Mayor's visitors book has been signed by hundreds of people since the tradition was begun in 1875. Royalty (all the reigning monarchs from George V onwards), politicians, philanthropists, musicians, authors, sportsmen and women, celebrities and ordinary visitors from all round the world can be found in its pages.

Here are just a few examples:

P T Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum was a world famous American showman and manager. Co-founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus - "The Greatest Show on Earth".

James Keir Hardie

James Keir Hardie was the first leader of the Labour Party.

Henry Irving + Bram Stoker

Sir Henry Irving was the leading actor-manager of his time and the first actor ever to be knighted.


Bram Stoker was Irving's manager and later became world-famous as the author of 'Dracula' (the title character being supposedly based on Irving). They visited Bolton to lay the cornerstone of the Theatre Royal on Churchgate.

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was a US steel magnate who spent his later years and considerable fortune trying to make the world a better place. He donated (and opened) three branch libraries in Bolton on the same day - 29 September 1910. He also paid for Farnworth and Westhoughton Libraries!

Lalbahadur Thapa VC

Lalbahadur Thapa was serving as a Subedar in the 2nd Gurkha Rifles when he led a successful attack on enemy positions in Tunisia in April 1943, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. Groups of Allied troops were often welcomed as honoured guests of the Mayors of Bolton during the Second World War.

George Tomlinson

George Tomlinson was Labour MP for Farnworth and Minister of Education.

Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee was deputy Prime Minister during the Second World War and became Prime Minister in the first post-war government.

Wilfed and Vera Pickles

Wilfred Pickles was an enormously popular radio presenter and performer. His radio show '"Have A Go" - co-starring his wife Mabel Pickles - ran for over 20 years. Among his acting credits was a role in the film "The Family Way" set and filmed in Bolton.

Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain was a novelist, pioneer feminist and a lifelong pacifist. Her best known work is the semi-autobiographical novel "Testament of Youth", chronicling her experiences as a volunteer nurse during the First World War. She was the mother of politician Shirley Williams.

Charles Groves

Sir Charles Barnard Groves was an internationally respected classical musician and conductor with the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.



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