Bromley Cross

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Bromley Cross
Bromley Cross is located in Greater Manchester
Bromley Cross
Bromley Cross
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSD729131
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBOLTON
Postcode districtBL7
Dialling code01204
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°36′50″N 2°24′40″W / 53.614°N 2.411°W / 53.614; -2.411Coordinates: 53°36′50″N 2°24′40″W / 53.614°N 2.411°W / 53.614; -2.411

Bromley Cross is a suburb of the unparished area of South Turton in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.[1] It gives its name to the larger Bromley Cross electoral ward, which includes Eagley, Egerton, and Cox Green.[2] Historically a part of Lancashire, Bromley Cross lies on the southern edge of the West Pennine Moors.

Bromley Cross railway station is on the Ribble Valley Line.

Bromley Cross got its name from an ancient cross, which has long since gone, originally named Kershaw's Cross after a tenant farmer who lived in the neighbourhood whose landlords, Bromley or Bromiley, owned land in Harwood and Bradshaw. From this family the cross was renamed Bromley Cross.[3]

Bromley Cross is a residential area, but in the 19th century it was part of the township of Bradshaw which in 1898 became part of Turton Urban District.[1] The village of Bromley Cross grew in the 19th century in association with many factories and bleachworks, which used water power obtained from the Eagley Brook and its tributaries.[3]

In the northern area is the "Last Drop Village", a collection of old farmhouses and farmbuildings which were restored in the 1960s into a pub, restaurant, bistro, craft shops, hotel and conference centre.[4][5]

In 2002 youth workers discovered young people congregated in abandoned underground World War II air raid tunnels belonging to Eagley Mills. The tunnels have since been sealed.[6]

In September 2011 it was noted that the area of Bromley Cross was rated the fifth best place in Britain to raise a family, taking into account the rates of crime, schooling, amenities and affordable homes.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names - B. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2007.
  2. ^ Bolton Council (2007). "Bolton ward profile: Bromley Cross" (PDF). Bolton Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Billington, W.D. (1982). From Affetside to Yarrow : Bolton place names and their history, Ross Anderson Publications (ISBN 0-86360-003-4).
  4. ^ Last Drop Village ( URL accessed April 6, 2007.
  5. ^ Last Drop Village ( Archived 2002-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. URL accessed April 6, 2007.
  6. ^ "Underground world of village's teenagers". The Bolton News. Newsquest Media Group. 5 August 2002.
  7. ^ "Devon village gets top family-friendly rating". BBC News. 26 September 2011.

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