Bradshaw, Greater Manchester
Bradshaw is suburb of the unparished area of South Turton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. Historically part of Lancashire, it lies on the southern edge of the West Pennine Moors.
Bradshaw is famous for its "tower without a church and a church without a tower". This refers to St. Maxentius's Church in Bradshaw. This church was originally one of the earliest Chapels of Ease for Bolton Parish Church. The 16th-century tower is all that is left of the original Chapel of Ease. The present 1872 church building is near, but separate from the tower.
Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire from the 12th century until 1974, Bradshaw was a township (or civil parish) of the ancient Parish of Bolton-le-Moors, in the Salford hundred.
In 1837 Bradshaw joined with other townships (or civil parishes) in the area to form the Bolton Poor Law Union and took joint responsibility for the administration and funding of the Poor Law and building a workhouse.
In 1894 Bradshaw became part of the Bolton Rural District which took responsibility over matters such as planning, council housing, and playgrounds and cemeteries. The Rural District was dissolved in 1898 and its civil parishes were incorporated into various local authorities. As a result, Bradshaw became part of the Turton Urban District. Under the Local Government Act 1972, Turton Urban District was abolished in 1974 and was split with the southern part (including Bradshaw) included in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, and the rest remaining in Lancashire as part of the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen.
- "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names - B. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
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- Bolton Workhouse. URL accessed April 6, 2007.