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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Time for everything...

The Baroque clock tower reaches a height of 198 feet (60.35 metres) and each of the four glass clock faces is 12 feet (3.65 metres) across and illuminated from within at night.

The original clock mechanism was built by William Potts of Leeds. The clock has been electrically powered for many decades so it doesn't tick!

The bells were cast by Warner & Sons of London who also provided the quarter hour bells for the Palace of Westminster (but not 'Big Ben', the hour bell). Bolton's hour bell weighs in at just over 4 tons while the four quarter hour bells are 1.5 tons each. The chimes are also similar to the world-famous Westminster Palace chimes.

 

Clock bells

 

At its peak as a centre of manufacturing industry, Bolton ran on 'Town Hall Time' - that is, the local factories, businesses and schools set their own clocks against the Town Hall clock. Many people couldn't afford pocket watches so checking the clock was the next best option. If the clock ever stopped or went adrift in its time-keeping the matter was treated with deadly seriousness in the pages of the local press.

It was once suggested that the Mayor of Bolton should 'live over the shop' and actually move into an apartment in the Town Hall during his or her term of office. It never happened.

The only couple who have ever taken up residence are a pair of peregrine falcons who have used the Town Hall clock tower as a nesting site on and off since 2008.

They are treated as honoured guests and great care is taken to ensure that their visits to Bolton are both successful and undisturbed.

 

Click for larger image It was once suggested that the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton should 'live over the shop' and actually move into an apartment in the Town Hall during their term of office. It never happened.

The only couple who have ever taken up residence are a pair of peregrine falcons who have used the Town Hall clock tower as a nesting site since 2008. They are our honoured guests and great care is taken to ensure that their visits are both successful and undisturbed.

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Bell Striker

 

 

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