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Burnden is located in Greater Manchester
Burnden shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD727075
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bolton
Postcode district BL3
Dialling code 01204
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°33′50″N 2°24′46″W / 53.563932°N 2.412723°W / 53.563932; -2.412723Coordinates: 53°33′50″N 2°24′46″W / 53.563932°N 2.412723°W / 53.563932; -2.412723

Burnden is a district in the town of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England. It is located about 1 mile (2 km) southeast of Bolton town centre and the same distance north of Great Lever.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Burnden derives its name from two Old English words. The first part "burn" means a stream or a brook and is more popularly used in the Scottish Lowlands. The second part "dene" or "denu" means a valley. Combined together they mean a brook flowing through a valley.[1] Burnden Brook was a small tributary of the River Croal, but has since been culverted and now runs beneath Manchester Road.[1]

In the late 18th Century, Burnden was the site of the Burnden Poorhouse which was used by many townships of the parishes of Bolton le Moors and Deane to house their paupers.[1]

For just over a hundred years Burnden was the site of Burnden Park, the home of Bolton Wanderers. The area was described as a ghost town after the stadium, the Normid superstore and the greyhound track closed in quick succession in the late 1990s.


  1. ^ a b c Billington, W.D. (1982). From Affetside to Yarrow. Egerton: Ross Anderson Publications. pp. 14–15. ISBN 0-86360-003-4. 

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