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St Saviour's Church, Kearsley.jpg
St Saviour's Church, Ringley
Stoneclough is located in Greater Manchester
 Stoneclough shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD755055
Metropolitan borough Bolton
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M26
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
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Greater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°32′45″N 2°22′09″W / 53.545774°N 2.369031°W / 53.545774; -2.369031

Stoneclough is a suburban area of Kearsley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It is located 3.7 miles south-east of Bolton,4 miles south-west of Bury and 7.9 miles north-west of Manchester.[1] It is located on the banks of the River Irwell to the southeast of Bolton.

Historically part of Lancashire, there are a number of listed buildings and recognised ancient monuments in the villages including Ringley Old Bridge, the village stocks, Kearsley Mill, St Saviour's Church and clock tower and the large stone railway bridge on the Manchester to Bolton railway line. The disused Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal also passes through this area.

Stoneclough is mostly residential, housing has replaced most of the old industry. These industrial sites included the Kearsley Paper Works owned by Robert Fletcher and Sons and Kearsley Power Station located on Hulme Road. These have been demolished.

Public houses[edit]

Ringley Stocks, in Ringley village.
Pack horse bridge over the River Irwell.

There are five public houses around Stoneclough, the Hare and Hounds, the Grapes and the Market Street Tavern are on Market Street. The Horseshoe (next to St Savior's Church) and the Lord Nelson are either side of the river and are linked (to pedestrians) by Ringley Old Bridge. The Lord Nelson has closed and reopened as an Italian restaurant called La Roma.


Stoneclough's football team plays in the West Lancashire Football League, its ground is next to the Hare and Hounds in the village. Last season the team managed jointly by Trevor Ball and Andy Tite won the West Lancashire first division title the first division cup and the West Lancashire team of the season, they also came runners up in the Bolton Hospital Cup to Ramsbottom United of the North West Counties League capping a very successful period in their history, this gained them promotion to the Premier Division and also in their short time in the West Lancashire League they have won the second division cup and the second division runners up title. Other notable achievements are winning the Bolton Combination Premier Division twice and the Premier Division Cup.


There are two primary schools in the area, St. Saviour's, a Church of England primary school in Ringley and Prestolee County Primary School.


The area is served by Kearsley railway station (formerly named Stoneclough railway station)[2] which is on the Manchester to Preston Line (via Bolton) railway line.


  1. ^ "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names - S. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  2. ^ Love 1839, p. 234.


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