Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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William Knowles

Chairman of Turton Urban District Council: 1948-49, 1957-58

Represented Edgworth Ward from 1937.

Builder and undertaker.

Began the family firm after returning from service in the First World War - turning the enterprise over to his brother Percy in 1947 but taking control again following his brother's death a few years later.

As Chairman he escorted the Queen Mother (then Queen Elizabeth) from Turton Station to Turton Tower during her tour of Lancashire in 1948. The Queen presented a signed portrait of herself which hung in the Council Chamber there.

Also during his first term of office he presented the Council with a medallion - a replica of the Chairman's own - for the use of the Chairman's Lady. A matching chain was later donated by Andrew T Jardine.

Chairman of the Health Committee.

Representative of Turton on Bolton Joint Sewage Board.

Congregationalist - he worshipped at Edgworth Congregational Church.



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