Great Lever

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Great Lever
Great Lever is located in Greater Manchester
Great Lever
Great Lever
Location within Greater Manchester
Population16,969 (2020.Ward)
OS grid referenceSD717074
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBOLTON
Postcode districtBL3
Dialling code01204
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°33′43″N 2°25′41″W / 53.562°N 2.428°W / 53.562; -2.428Coordinates: 53°33′43″N 2°25′41″W / 53.562°N 2.428°W / 53.562; -2.428

Great Lever is a suburb of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. Historically in Lancashire, it is 2 12 miles (4.0 km) south of Bolton town centre and the same distance north of Farnworth. The district is served by frequent buses running to Bolton town centre, Farnworth and the Royal Bolton Hospital. The population is 16,969.[1]


Parish church of St Michael (with St Bartholomew)

The parish church of St. Michael (with St Bartholomew) is a Grade 2 listed building.


On Green Lane are two large public houses: Southfield's, a pub and restaurant with tennis courts and grassland, and the Brooklyn with a bowling green. Both were houses built for local mill owners.

Beehive Mill on Crescent Road is Grade II listed.

On the opposite side of Green Lane from the park are the grounds of Bolton Cricket Club. The two conjoined Doe Hey Reservoirs are used for private fishing. Will Hill Brook, which drains into the Doe Hey Reservoirs, forms the southern boundary between Great Lever and Farnworth.


Primary schools in Great Lever include Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School, Essa Primary School, Lever Edge Primary Academy, St Michael's CE Primary School, SS Simon and Jude CE Primary School and St William of York RC Primary School. There are also numerous play-centres for pre-school children.

The main secondary school in the area is Essa Academy for pupils aged 11 to 16.


Footballer Albert Shepherd played for Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United. Former Manchester City striker Paul Moulden owned a chip shop in the area and ex-Bolton player Roy Greaves ran a pub called Monteraze here for many years. Ralph Gubbins, a forward with Bolton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Hull City, lived in Great Lever during his time with Wanderers. Another resident was Wales and Bolton Wanderers striker Wyn Davies who also went on to represent both Manchester clubs.

The architect Charles Holden (1875–1960), known for many London Underground buildings, was born in Great Lever.

Band leader Jack Hylton was born Great Lever in 1892 as John Greenhalgh Hilton.


  1. ^ "Bolton Ward population". Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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