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Donald Stewart  Clarke (1931-2005)                                            Politician                                                                                   Born 9 June 1931 Bolton                                                            Died 11 March 2005 Bolton                                                       Educated Bolton School                                                               Mayor of Bolton 1977 (Labour)                                                   A trained chef, he was co-owner of Percival's Catering firm in Bolton and Director and co-founder of Smithills Coaching House with his triplet brother Alan Ellis Clarke, Mayor of Bolton 1972-73. He retired in 1991 after 39 years in catering.


Jeremiah Clarke (-1772)                                                             Businessman and Inventor                                                            Died 9 December 1772 Bolton                                                    Invented cotton velvet process 1756.


Peter A  Clarke (1949-)                                                               Professional Footballer                                                                 Born 6 July 1949 Bolton.                                                            Goalkeeper - played for Bolton Wanderers 1969-1971 and Stockport County.


Philip Clarke                                                                           Professional Rugby League player.                                                 Blackrod, Bolton                                                                         Educated St Joseph's School, Horwich                                          Captained Wigan and Great Britain (Lions). Retired in 1996 after sustaining a broken neck. Was manager of Great Britain until 2006.   Sky Sports commentator from 1999.


Thomas Clarke (1884-1957)                                                        Journalist, Author and Broadcaster                                               Born 6 June 1884 39 High Street, Bolton                                      Died 18 June 1957 Great Bardfield, Colchester                           Educated Clarence Street Higher Grade School; Bolton County Grammar School; Ruskin Hall, Oxford.                                        Worked for the Northern Weekly, Daily Dispatch, Daily Sketch, Daily Mail, Melbourne Herald and was managing editor of the Daily News and Editor and Director of the News Chronicle.                               Wrote several books including studies of press barons Northclifffe and Beaverbrook and also on politician David Lloyd George. From 1935 he was head of King's College London Department of Journalism.                                                                               Broadcast to Latin America 1942-1948. Was made an honorary chief of the Ojibwa Indian tribe in Northern Minnesota in the 1930s. Brother of Charles Allen Clarke qv

Michael Patrick Clarkson (1988-)

Paul Thomas Clarkson (1988 -)

Producers and Writers 

Born 1988 Bolton

The twins  went to Thornleigh Salesian College

Known for The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), The Wheel of Time (2021), See (2019) Red Rose (2022).


Marshall Claxton (1811-1881)                                                    Painter                                                                                     Born 12 May 1811 Bolton                                                          Died 28 July 1881 155 Carlton Road, Maida Vale, London           Educated Royal Academy                                                         Worked in Australia - received a commission from the Queen to paint a 'General View of the Harbour and City of Sydney' - and later lived in India before returning to England.

Katy Clayton (1994-)


Born 14 Apr 1994 Oxfordshire

From Egerton

In Where The Heart Is, Shameless and Holby City.

A former Turton School pupil.

James Clegg                                                                      Annals of Bolton, James Clegg Published 1888 by The Bolton Chronicle

Alan Clews (1938-2018)                                                           Motorcycle designer                                                                  Died 2 May 2018.

Clews Competition Machines (CCM) based in Bolton, Lancashire

Thomas (Tom) Clough (1867-1943)                                               Painter                                                                                     Born July 1867 Bolton                                                                 Died 1943 Conway, Wales.                                                       Watercolourist of rural landscapes.                                                Exhibited at Royal Academy. Collection of his work in Bolton Art Gallery.

Col William F. Cody/Buffalo Bill (1846-1917)                              A legendary showman whose Wild West show was inaugurated in Omaha in 1883 with real cowboys and Indians.                             It played to large audiences in America and Europe for 30 years and was a feature attraction at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.   In the first week of October 1904, the travelling show stopped on the Easter Horse Showground, Manchester Road, Bolton.

Charles Clement Coe (1830-1921)

English Unitarian minister and writer.

Born1830 in King's Lynn

His was minister at Bank Street Unitarian Chapel n BoltonLancashire, from 1874 to 1895, when he moved to Bournemouth.

It was while at Bolton that Coe wrote a large volume, Nature Versus Natural Selection: An Essay on Organic Evolution (1895). He defended evolution but rejected natural selection. The biologist J. Arthur Thomson gave the book a positive review, commenting that it is a very interesting critique of natural selection written with much skill.

Sir William Menzies Coldstream, CBE (1908-1987)                        English realist painter and a long-standing art teacher.                      Born 28 February 1908 Belford, Northumberland, England.              Died 18 February 1987  Royal Homeopathic Hospital,  London, England                                                                                    He supported the Mass Observation social survey of Britain and participated in their 1938 painting trip to Bolton.                                                                                                                            Thomas Cole (1801-1848)                                                       Landscape Painter                                                                     Born 1 February 1801 Bolton                                                       Died 11 February 1848 Catskill, NY, USA                                     Educated Harvard; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts                 Emigrated with his family to Philadelphia and later Steubenville, Ohio in 1819.                                                                                  A founding member of the group of US landscape artists known as the Hudson River School.


Alice Collinge (1872-1957)                                                        Poet and Suffragist                                                                   Born 22 November 1872 Lasswade, Nr Edinburgh                         Died 28 August 1957 Bolton                                                       Lived in Bolton from 1896 - introduced to left wing politics by Sarah Reddish qv.                                                                            Worked as a teacher at Bolton Municipal School.

Adam Colonia (1634 – 1685)                                                    Dutch Golden Age painter active in London.                                    Born 12 Aug 1634 in Rotterdam.                                                  Died Sep 1685                                                                        His “Noah Leaving the Ark”  was at Mere Hall art gallery


Anthony Connell (1941-)                                                            Politician  

Born Sep 1941                                                                        Mayor of Bolton 2008-09 (Labour)                                             Machinist at Velden Engineering, Halliwell - retired 2007.

Luca John Connell (2001-)                                            Professional footballer 

Born 20 Apr 2001                                                                 He played as a defender or midfielder for Championship club Bolton Wanderers.


Thomas Connor (1896-1988)          

Politician                                                                                   Born 11 February 1896 Bolton                                                     Died 24 July 1988 Bolton                                                         Mayor of Bolton 1963 (Liberal)                                                     Commercial Traveller.

Constantine Brothers                                                                  Drapers and Funeral Furnishers


Alfred Heaton Cooper (1863-1929)                                            Landscape Painter and Book Illustrator                                            Born 1863 Swinton, Lancashire                                                Died 1929 Cross Brow, Ambleside                                               Educated Westminster School of Art                                               Brought up in Bolton from 1867.                                                   Travelled through Europe and married a Norwegian woman. They moved back to Daubhill in Bolton where his wife continued to wear full Norwegian folk costume. Later moved to Southport and finally to Coniston in the Lake District.                                                          Member of the Royal Society of Arts.


Charles (Charlie) Cooper (1941-)                                                Professional Footballer                                                                 Born 14 June 1941 Farnworth, Bolton.                                        Full Back - played for Bolton Wanderers 1959-1969 and Barrow.


Joseph Tyas Cooper (1852-1929)                                                Politician                                                                                  Born 18 October 1852 Charlesworth, Derbyshire                            Died 7 March 1929 Bolton                                                         Mayor of Bolton 1909, 1910 (Liberal)                                  Solicitor and accountant. Founded the accountancy firm Cooper, Nelson and Hamer in Silverwell Street which has continued to trade in various incarnations to the present day.

Sir Daniel Cooper (1821-1902)                                                Australian Politician and philanthropist                                           Born 1 July 1821 Bolton                                                           Died 5 June 1902 London                                                           University College, London                                                            First Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales 1856. Chairman of the London Committee of the Sydney International Exhibition 1881. Commissioner of Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London 1886.                                                                           Became a keen collector of postage stamps after retiring from politics. Royal Philatelic Society holds annual lecture in his name.                   Had an Australian fern (Cyathea Cooperii) and a hibiscus (Hibiscus Cooperii) named after him.


Tommy Cooper                                                                         British entertainer                                                                        Performed at Blighty’s Chapel Street, Farnworth

William Cooper (-1879)                                                              Bolton soldier                                                                            1879 (20 May) Hanged at Manchester by William Marwood for murder Ellen Mather.


Sara (Sarah Joanne) Cox  (1974-)                                                Radio DJ and TV Presenter                                                           Born 13 December 1974 Bolton                                                  Educated  Masefield CP School; Smithills School; Canon Slade School Bolton.                                                                     Born Sarah Joanne Cox. Brought up in Little Lever. Presented Radio One Breakfast Show 2000-2003. Given Honorary Doctorate for her contribution to broadcasting by University of Bolton November 2006.


David Anthony Crausby (1946-)                                                   Born 17 June 1946 Bury, Lancashire                                             Educated Derby Grammar School, Bury; Bury Technical College         MP Bolton North East 1997- (Labour)                                             Union official - Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.


Sir Philip Craven  (1950-)                                                            Paralympian Athlete and Sports Official                                       Born 4 July 1950 Bolton                                                           Educated Bolton School; Manchester University.                               Competed in Wheelchair Basketball and Swimming events. Multiple medal winner including a Gold at the Commonwealth Games 1970.  Awarded MBE for services to Wheelchair Basketball 1991. Knighted for services to Paralympic Sport 2005.                                           President of the International Paralympic Committee from 2001


Jim Crawford (1948-2002)                                                          Motor racer                                                                               Born  13 Feb 1948 Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland.                       Died 6 Aug 2002 Tierra Verde, Florida, USA aged 54.                   Although Scottish born, he grew up and resided for many years in Bolton, Lancashire.                                                             Grands Prix: 2 (1975)/F2 starts: 14 (1975-1981) / Indy 500s: 8 (1984-1995).                                                            Unfortunately a massive accident in turn one for qualifying for Indianapolis in 1987 not only forever derailed his full-time career and left him with permanent foot injuries, but it led to his death fifteen years later; he contracted hepatitis as a result of a contaminated skin draft after the crash and the hepatitis, mixed in with other issues led to his liver failure and death in 2002.


William Crewe (1901-1961)                                                    Professional Footballer                                                                 Born 28 November 1901 Little Lever                                             Died 1961                                                                           Left / Right winger. Played for Great Lever, Bolton Wanderers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers, Pontypridd, Merthyr Town, Southend United and Yeovil.


Samuel Crompton (1753-1827)                                              Inventor, Musician and Failed Businessman                                     Born 3 December 1753 Firwood Fold, Bolton                              Died 26 June 1827 17 King Street, Bolton                                     Inventor of the Spinning Mule which arguably kick started the industrial revolution.                                                                          Lived at Hall I'th Wood while working on design for the Mule. Subsidised his activities by playing a violin (he made himself) for money.                                                                                    Spectacularly unlucky in his business and financial dealings, he died in relative poverty.


Thomas Bonsor Crompton (1792-1858)                                        Industrialist and Engineer                                                             Born 20 May 1792 Farnworth, Bolton                                           Died 8 September 1858 Biggleswade, Bedfordshire                     Founding father of modern Farnworth. Son of John Crompton who founded Farnworth Paper Mills at Moses Gate in 1790's.                  Invented the continuous drying process for paper when he was only 26 and completely revolutionised the paper making industry.           First to utilise cotton waste in paper manufacture and supplied paper for the London and provincial press from Farnworth Paper Mills. Later became proprietor of the Morning Post.


Clive Crook                                                                             Journalist                                                                                  Yorkshire                                                                                 Bolton School; Magdalen College, Oxford; London School of Economics                                                                                Chief Washington commentator for the Financial Times. Was Deputy Editor of the Economist.


Ernest Crook (1927-)                                                                 Politician                                                                                Born 1927                                                                               Mayor of Bolton 1992 (Conservative)                                    Served in the Royal Navy and later worked in engineering.


John (Jack) Crook (1886-1968)                                                     Born 1886 Bolton                                                                     Died 1968 Fairbanks, Alaska USA                                                Pioneer Gold Miner in the Yukon                                                   Emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1905. 'A popular figure with bushy beard and colourful clothing.' Joined gold stampede to Livengood 1915 - joined US Army in 1918.


Joseph Crook (1809-1884)                                                        Born 17 April 1809 Bolton                                                       Died 8 December 1884 Bolton                                                    MP Bolton 1852-1861 (Liberal) - resigned                                      Owned cotton spinning firm. Member of Anti-Corn Law League. Co-founder of Bolton Mechanics Institute.

Joshua Crook (1779-1849)                                                    Founded a cotton spinning and manufacturing business in Blackburn Street, Bolton early in the nineteenth century.



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