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Rev Canon James Slade (1783-1860)                                  Born 2 May 1783 Daventry, Northamptonshire                        Died 15 May 1860 Crompton Fold, Breightmet, Bolton             Educated Emmanuel College, Cambridge.                            Vicar of Bolton 1817-1856                                        Founded Bolton Church Institute - predecessor to Canon Slade School.                                                                       Retired to West Kirby 1856 - died in Bolton while visiting his brother.


John Slater (1798-1861)                                                       Politician                                                                       Born 1798 Bolton                                                                Died 21 November 1861 Back o' th' Bank, Bolton              Mayor of Bolton 1844 (Liberal)                                    Proprietor of Little Bolton Bleach Works at Back o' th' Bank, Bolton.

Kathleen Mary Smart (nee Cleary) (1931-2017)

Chairman and Managing Director.                                          Born Apr 1931                                                      Managing Director of Greenhalgh's Craft Bakery.

Married William Allan Smart 31 Mar 1951.

William Allan Smart (1924-2003)

Baker and businessman     

Born 22 Apr 1924 Bolton, Lancs.                                           Died 26 Jul 2003 Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire.                      Company director Greenhalgh's Craft Bakery

Married Kathleen Mary Cleary 31 Mar 1951.


Brian Smith (1955-)

Professional Footballer                                                        Born 12 September 1955 Bolton                                           Midfielder - played for Bolton Wanderers 1974-78, Bradford, Blackpool, Bournemouth and Bury.


Geoffrey Smith (1945-)                                                 Politician                                                                           Born 1945  Bolton                                                               Educated Hayward Base School, Bolton; Horwich College of Further Education                                                          Mayor of Bolton 1990 (Conservative)                                       Engineering fitter, maintenance engineer and general manager.

Jack Quentin Smith (c.1937-1948)                                        Murdered 12 Apr 1948                                                       The 11-year-old was found murdered on a railway embankment for the Manchester to Bolton line near his home in Bradford Road in New Bury, Farnworth on Monday 12 April 1948. He had been stabbed sometime between 4.20pm and 5pm. His companion, a 9-year old boy was also stabbed, but survived. The boys were both pupils of Highfield School.

Pte 52929 James Smith (1891-1917)

The only Liverpool Pal to be executed in the Great War.

The only Boltonian to be ‘shot at dawn’ after being found guilty by a military tribunal of desertion and cowardice.

He was one of 306 Britons who were executed in the war, granted pardons by Parliament in 2006.

Born 1891 77 Noble Street, Bolton, Lancs

Pte 52929: Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn

Executed at Kemmel Chateau, Belgium Wednesday 5th September 1917 aged 26.

Buried: Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery Grave M.25.


James Smith (1912-1994)                                                    Politician                                                                            Born 15 July 1912 Westhoughton, Bolton                                Died 1 December 1994  Bolton                                     Mayor of Bolton 1980 (Conservative), Chairman of Westhoughton Urban District Council: 1968-69 (Conservative)      Worked at the City of Manchester Building Department from 1950 and was clerk of works for several regeneration sites in the city. Founded his own Packaging Business in 1970.

Joe Smith                                                                           Crewe Alexandra  forward Joe Smith never made an appearance for his first club and joined Wanderers in 1908. He stayed for 20 years and scored over 250 goals, holding the club’s scoring record until he was surpassed in the 1950s by the legendary Nat Lofthouse.                                               Smith might well still hold the scoring record were it not for the First World War, which robbed him – and Wanderers – of six prime seasons. In the lead up to the War he finished top scorer in three season out of four, and once peace returned he kept on scoring, breaking the club’s record in 1920-21 with 38 goals. Throughout the rest of Smith’s time at the club the Trotters consistently finished in the top six


Philip Smith (1899-1964)                                                     Politician                                                                           Born 1899                                                                        Died 9 August 1964 Fairhaven, Ringley Road, Whitefield, Lancashire.                                                                        Mayor of Farnworth 1962 (Labour).                                       Owner of furniture shop on the corner of Peel Street and Market Street, Farnworth. Had business interests in Farnworth for more than 40 years.


Dame Janet Hilary Smith (née Holt) (1940-)                         High Court Judge                                                                 Born 29 November 1940  Stockport, Cheshire                    Educated Bolton School.                                                      Chaired the official inquiry into the activities of serial-killer Dr Harold Shipman.                                                        Called to the bar in 1972. QC by 1986. Recorder by 1988 and a High Court Judge by 1992. Created a DBE in 1992.


Samuel Smith                                                                      A multiplane, probably inspired by Horatio Phillip's work, was actually built by Samuel Smith of Bolton, Lancashire, UK in 1910-12.                                                                                   Some further details about this plane can be found on page 279 of the book 'British Aircraft Before the Great War' by Goodall & Tagg.


Antonia Sotgiu                                                                   Opera Singer                                                                   Bolton                                                                                Educated Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester    Mezzo Soprano. Has appeared at Glyndbourne, Welsh National Opera and Opera North and won many awards and scholarships.                                                                       Won trhe Leslie and Dorothy Blond Award for Operatic Singing 1997.


Ronald (Ron) Spencer (1930-1998)                                     Comic illustrator                                                                   Born 31 December 1930 Preston, Lancashire                          Died July 1998 Bolton                                                         Educated Bolton Art School.                                                  Illustrated various strips in the Beano, Dandy and other D C Thompson comics, including 'The Bash Street Kids', 'Little Plum' and 'Baby Face Finlayson "The Cutest Bandit in the West".'         Moved to Bolton when he was 8 years old. Served as a tank operator in the Korean War.

Humphrey Spender (1910-2005)                                          British photographer, painter, and designer.                               Born: 10 April 1910, London                                                Died: 11 March 2005, Ulting.                                              Spender became a member of the Mass Observation movement, taking pictures of daily life in working class communities. His most famous photographs are of the 'Worktown Study'. (Worktown was the Mass Observationist's codename for Bolton). Taken in a period between 1937 and 1940, his photographs cover the full range of Mass-Observation’s interests – politics and elections; religion; street scenes; industrial landscapes; the public house; market scenes; new buildings and developments; observers in action; sport and leisure time; work in the textile mills; on holiday in Blackpool; street hoardings and advertisements. Spender was joined in this project by the artist, Graham Bell. Toward the end of his involvement with Mass Observation, Spender also took on work as a photographer for the recently established, highly successful photographically illustrated magazine Picture Post.

Dave Spikey (1951-)                                                           Comedian, Comic Actor and Writer                                       Born 6 October 1951 Farnworth, Bolton.                              Educated Oxford Grove Council School; Smithills Grammar School, Bolton.                                                             Played compère Jerry 'The Saint' St Clair in 'Phoenix Nights'. Real name David Bramwell. Appeared in various TV game/panel shows. Wrote and starred in TV comedy series 'Dead Man Weds' and wrote TV comedy drama 'Magnolia'            Sometime chief biomedical scientist in haematology at Bolton Royal Hospital.                                                                    Author of 'He Took My Kidney, Then He Broke My Heart' 2009 and his autobiography 'Under The Microscope' 2010.

Rt Hon Edward George Villiers (Lord Stanley) Stanley (1865-1948)                                                                          Born 4 April 1865 London                                                    Died 4 February 1948 Prescot, Lancashire                                MP Westhoughton 1892-1906 (Conservative)                     Post Master General 1903-1905 - Under Secretary for War 1916 - Secretary of State for War 1916-1918, 1922-1924 - Ambassador to France 1918-20.                                           Became 17th Earl of Derby 1908.

James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, KG (1607 –  1651)

of Lathom House in the parish of Lathom in Lancashire,

English nobleman, politician, and supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War.

Born 31 Jan 1607 Knowsley

Died 15 Oct 1651beheaded at the market cross in Churchgate, Bolton, near the Man and Scythe Inn, for his part in the Bolton Massacre.

Buried in the Derby Chapel in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Ormskirk.

Squadron Leader Laurence William Fraser (Pinkie) Stark (1920-2004)                                                                               WWII Fighter Pilot                                                               Born 16 November 1920 Bolton                                           Died 1 August 2004 Medway, Kent                                       Educated Bolton School; College of Technology, Manchester      Joined 609 Squadron in 1943 flying Typhoons - shot down 6 enemy aircraft. Posted to 263 Squadron as Flight Commander in 1944 ground attack duties in support of D-Day and after - awarded DFC and later a bar to the medal.                            Shot down in France but quickly found his way back home to England with the help of the Resistance. Returned to command 609 Squadron as Squadron Leader. Survived 255 operational sorties.                                                                              Refused promotion (to keep flying) and retired from RAF in 1963.


James Taylor Staton (1817-1875)                                        Author and Newspaper Editor                                                Born 16 January 1817  Bradshawgate, Bolton                          Died 26 May 1875  Manchester, Lancashire                           Educated Chetham's College, Manchester.                               Prolific writer including many humorous Lancashire dialect stories and sketches as (among others) Bobby Shuttle.                          Worked as an editor for the 'Lankishire Loominary' in Manchester and for the Bolton Evening News and Farnworth Observer.           Works include 'Th' Visit to th' Greight Parris Eggsibishun of Bobby Shuttle un 'is woife Sayroh', 'Owd Wisdom's Lankishire Awmanack for th' yer 1860' and 'The Song of Soloman in the Lancashire Dialect as Spoken at Bolton'.

Henry Stead (1844-1884)


Born 1844 Bolton

Died 1884 Joppa near Edinburgh


John Fletcher Steele (1867-1941)                                           Politician                                                                          Born 13 February 1867 Bolton                                              Died 19 July 1941 Bolton Royal Infirmary                    Educated   Bolton Grammar School; Rennes, France                  Mayor of Bolton 1924 (Liberal).                                             Provision Merchant.                                                          He died from injuries received after the car he was driving collided with another car at the junction of Bradford Street and Castle Street, Bolton.

Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)

Born 16 October 1803, Willington Quay, Wallsend

Died 12 October 1859, London

The only son of George Stephenson.

He drove the Lancashire Witch into Bolton on 1 Aug 1828 when the Bolton and Leigh Railway was opened.


James Stevenson (1887-1963)                                               Politician                                                                            Born 1887 Farnworth, Bolton                                                 Died 7 May 1963 7 Tulip Avenue, Farnworth                          Mayor of Farnworth 1940 (Labour), Chairman of Farnworth Urban District Council: 1934-36 (Labour). Made Freeman of the Borough of Farnworth 21st September 1961.                          He had 52 years’ service with Farnworth and Kearsley Co-operative Society and was also Secretary of the Farnworth branch of the National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers for 14 years.

Donald Stirling (1954-)                                                        Golf professional.

Born 22 May 1954 Bolton.                                                Educated at Turton School


Richard Stockdale (1809-1886)                                             Politician                                                                            Born 1809 Hebden, Yorkshire                                               Died 13 July 1886 The Grove, Heaton, Bolton                         Mayor of Bolton 1864, 1865 (Liberal)                                   Linen draper. Brother-in-law of William Walter Cannon, Mayor of Bolton 1871-73.


Edmund Clifton Stoner FRS (1899-1968)                                British theoretical physicist                                                    Born 2 October 1899  Esher, Surrey, England  the son of cricketer Arthur Hallett Stoner.                                                 Died 27 December 1968 Leeds, England                            He won a scholarship to Bolton School (1911–1918).             He is principally known for his work on the origin and nature of itinerant ferromagnetism (the type of ferromagnetic behaviour associated with pure transition metals like cobalt, nickel, and iron), including the collective electron theory of ferromagnetism and the Stoner criterion for ferromagnetism.


Gordon Stones (1934-)                                                    Professional Footballer                                                        Born 18 November 1934 Kearsley, Bolton                             Centre-half - played for Accrington Stanley 1954-61.


James Stones (1868-1935)                                                 Born 6 April 1868                                                               Died 17 September 1935                                                   MP Farnworth 1931-1935 (Conservative)


John Stones (1804-1859)                                                     Politician                                                                            Born 1804   Halliwell, Bolton                                               Died 19 February 1859 Bolton                                              Mayor of Bolton 1852 (Conservative)                                     Cotton Spinner and Doubler - John Stones & Co Ltd, Astley Bridge.


Minnie Stott (1923-1940)                                                  Grocery shop manageress.                                              Born 18 Aug 1923 at  214 Whitegate Drive, Blackpool            Found strangled to death at the age of 17 through an archway on Parker’s Garage in Bradshawgate, Bolton  on November 16, 1940.                                                                            Her green scarf, which was believed to have been used in the murder, has never been found. Another item of clothing, her blue satin cami-knickers, were never discovered.                             It was a case that was covered nationally but Minnie's murderer has never been caught.

She worked at Hanburys branch shop near the junction of Elgin Street and Eskerick Street, and lived at 124 Clarence Street, Bolton.

Buried at Heaton cemetery.


Roger Stott (1943-1999)                                                       Born 7 August 1943  Littleborough, Lancashire                         Died 9 August 1999 Wigan, Lancashire                                  MP Westhoughton 1973-1983 (Labour)                                 Later became MP for Wigan. CBE.


Sydney Stout (1903-1977)                                                   Politician                                                                          Born 7 August 1903 Leigh, Lancashire                               Died August 1977                                                               Mayor of Farnworth 1964.                                                    He was one of the few people in the country to have been Mayor of two towns. In 1950 he was also Mayor of Swinton.

George Edmund Street RA (1824-1881)

English architect

Born 20 June 1824 Woodford, Essex

Died  18 December 1881 London aged 57.

Designed All Saints Church, Bolton (1869-1871).


Sandy Strickland  (1911-1975)                                             Born 5 January 1911 Bolton                                               Died November 1975 Bolton                                               'Syncopating Sandy' - Piano Marathon King                        Real name James Strickleton. Played piano non-stop for 193 hours 50 minutes in Castillian club in Higher Bridge Street 1951.                                                                         Toured as marathon piano player until 1964.


James Strickleton                                                               See under Sandy Strickland


Gregory (Greg) Strong (1975-)                                               Professional Footballer                                                           Born 5 September 1975 Bolton                                         Defender - played for Bolton Wanderers 1995-2000, Wigan Athletic, Blackpool, Motherwell, Hull City, Cheltenham, Scunthorpe, Bury and Boston United.


Katie Summers ( -2008)                                                         Mum-of-four Katie Summers was stabbed to death by her ex-partner Brian Taylor at her home on Masefield Drive in Farnworth on October 9, 2008 while their two youngest children were still in the house.


Danny Swailes (1979-)                                                        Professional Footballer                                                           Born 1 April 1979 Bolton                                                  Defender - played for Bury and Macclesfield Town.


George Sykes  (1874-1958)                                                 Politician                                                                          Born 1874 Hull, Yorkshire                                                    Died 5 March 1958 Haslingden, Lancashire                    Mayor of Bolton 1931.                                                        Worked as a grocer with George Fawell & Sons Ltd before joining a small group of businessmen who took over Hampsons confectioners, then becoming a director of that company.

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