Surviving records of the trustees passed to Bolton Corporation as the successor local authority in 1850, to Bolton County Borough in 1889 and to Bolton Metropolitan Borough in 1974. They were transferred to Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service in June 1974 by the Chief Executive of Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Great Bolton, Lancashire
Great Bolton, Greater Manchester
Administrative / biographical background:
The first trustees for the township of Great Bolton were nominated in the Bolton Improvement Act of 1792 32 George III ch.lxxi. They were responsible for "widening, paving, lighting, watching, cleansing and regulating the Streets, Lanes, Passages and Places...and for supplying Water and for providing Fire Engines and Firemen and for removing and preventing Nuisances, Incroachments and Annoyances and for licensing and regulating hackney Coaches and Chairs". Rents of allotments of building land on Bolton Moor, enclosed by the Act, were allocated to defray the cost of the improvements.
The trustees acquired additional powers under the Great Bolton Improvement Act of 1817 57 George III ch.59. Attempts by political opponents to convert the trustees into an elected corporate body were unsuccessful. Following the establishment of the Borough of Bolton in 1838, the powers of the trustees waned and they were finally abolished in 1850 under the Bolton Improvement Act of that year 14 Victoria ch.40