Bolton is a large city in Greater Manchester, north of the Mersey Estuary in North West England. Historically and traditionally a part of Lancashire, Bolton has been a textile manufacturing centre since Flemish weavers arrived in the region during the 14th century and began producing wool and cotton textiles. The growing of the town and the expansion of its industry were closely linked with the invention of textiles during the Industrial Revolution. Bolton was a 19th-century boomtown, and at its height in 1929, it boasted 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing operations, making it one of the world’s largest and most productive centres of cotton spinning. After the First World War, a large number of cotton mills had closed in Bolton. By the 1980s, cotton manufacturing had virtually ceased there.

Bolton, which is 10 miles (16 km) north-west of Manchester and lies between Manchester, Darwen, Blackburn, Chorley, Bury, and Salford, is located to the west of the West Pennine Moors. It is nestled within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, which includes a number of cities and towns. The town of Bolton has a population of 139,403 people, whereas the metropolitan borough has a population of 262,400 people. Bolton le Moors is an area on the moorland near to Bolton that was initially inhabited by small communities. The town was a Parliamentarian outpost in a strongly Royalist region and was taken by 3,000 Royalist soldiers under Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1644 during the English Civil War. In what became known as the Bolton Massacre, 1,600 people were killed and 700 were kidnapped.

Bolton Wanderers are a professional football club, who play at the University of Bolton Stadium and Amir Khan, the WBA World light-welterweight champion, was born in the town. The Octagon Theatre and the Bolton Museum & Art Gallery are among cultural attractions, as well as one of the first public libraries established after the Public Libraries Act 1850.

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