June 8, 2012 9:09 PM
Below names of persons
who lived here and were either Baptised, Married or once a Scholar at
188 Elizabeth Jepson
188 Michael William Jepson.
Amongst the lords of the manor of Great Bolton before
the enclosure of Bolton Moor in 1792, was the Earl of Derby.
So that when Bolton Moor was enclosed in that year by
an act of parliament the Derby family were beneficiaries.
The main streets on the moor were named after the five
lords of the manor, and to the Derby family fell the honour of giving
a name to the most important one of them.
The 7th Earl of Derby (1607-1651) was beheaded in Churchgate,
Bolton, in 1651, and it is said that the family has since spurned the
It may be so, but the 17th Earl of Derby had been the
first of his line to have trodden the Churchgate pavement since.
Derby St is certainly one of the main entrances and exits
from the town. Factories, businesses and dwellings along it have been
built at various times.
It rises over a Bolton Moor which is now forgotten by
name, but which was responsible for the beginning of the communal effort
which made the town what it became in the 19th century.
The Derby name in the 1930s still "topped the hill"
where the lords of the manor of Great and Little Bolton were concerned.
Other families may still have drawn bigger rent rolls
from the town, but the 17th Earl could still have been relied upon to
George Stephenson, inventor of the famous "Rocket,"
had an office in the street when he was surveying for the local railway
for the first local railway from Bolton to Leigh.