Turton Urban District was split in two during local government reorganisation
in 1974. The districts remaining within the borough are Bradshaw, Bromley
Cross, Harwood and
Egerton and Chapeltown are part of Lancashire.
It's a mainly residential area.
The Last Drop Village is in the
area. Turton Tower, a mediaeval building lies
just over the border into Lancashire since the reorganisation, but attracts
many Bolton residents. This area is known as North Turton, part of Blackburn, and they
have a web site at
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Bromley Cross train station April 1999
The house over the line is occupied! It is a signal box and lower down is a
picture of the inside of this.
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Bromley Cross Signal Box internal c1997 By permission
This was donated by a kind viewer.
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Turton Leisure Centre April 1999
Although in Bromley Cross, the name is taken from the Turton area. This
sports and leisure centre can be contacted on 01204 595654.
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Chapeltown Road view north April 1999
This road leads north to Turton Tower.
A Druidical Circle on Chetham Close overlooking Egerton is the
earliest evidence for any settlers in the area, a circle 15 metres (51 feet)
in diameter and 323 metres (1060 feet) above sea level, and it dates to around
the Bronze age. Little remains today, for in 1871 a local farmer, a tenant of
Turton Tower took sledgehammers to the stones to this once more or less perfect
circle. Flattened stumps are all that remain today. The remains of a second
stone circle lie south of this one.
The name Turton is thought to be derived from the Saxon personal name of
Thori's Tun, although in 1257 the name is written as Thurton.
Bradshaw is known for it's tower without a church,
and the church without a tower. The church is on the left, and the tower can
be seen through the trees on the right.
The mill village of Eagley was developed during the
industrial revolution, although most of the mills have gone, many of the
cottages still remain.
To the north west of this district is Affetside.
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