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As part of our Commemoration of 100 years since the End of World War I in November 1918, we are looking to collect and record as many family memories of Horwich men & women who served in the Great War as we can, and to find out what happened to those who survived.

If you can help, please contact:

Stuart Whittle on 01204 847797

Pauline Lord on 01204 692173

On Saturday 4th November we enjoyed another successful Craft & Gift Fair at the Horwich Community Centre (10am - 2pm). This year's theme (not surprisingly) was 'Bonfire Night.'

We were pleased to see a number of younger visitors getting involved in the face painting, dressing up, quizzes and 'Penny for the Guy'.

There was also a Bonfire Art display by Horwich Art Society, lots of interesting craft stalls as well as tombola and a raffle and not forgetting Carr's pasties & peas!

This excellent event was enjoyed by over 100 visitors and will be a welcome addition to our funds.



Welcome To Horwich Heritage Centre

Horwich Heritage was formed in 1985 following a series of public meetings aimed at re-establishing a sense of local pride in the wake of the closure of Horwich Locomotive Works the previous year.

The Society first began holding its meetings in the Public Hall, moving to Horwich Resource Centre in 1990 where its monthly meetings still take place. It opened its first Heritage Centre within the Resource Centre in 1995 and moved into its current premises in 2006. It gratefully acknowledges the support given by Horwich Town Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and the Resource Centre in the development of its activities.

Membership currently numbers around 200 and the Society not only runs its own Heritage Centre and meetings but produces its own books and DVDs on subjects of local interest.

The groups aims are:

  • To stimulate public interest in and appreciation of our area.
  • To provide suitable premises for the display of social and industrial history.
  • To secure the preservation, conservation and improvement of features of general or historic interest.
  • To promote tourism and encourage use of the surrounding countryside as part of a heritage framework.
  • To encourage research into the history of Horwich and Rivington and to publish the results.
  • To provide a social and educational service, giving advice and information and to act as a coordinating body to cooperate with local services.
  • To raise funds to enable the pursuit of our objectives.

On this website you will find details of how to become a member Horwich Heritage, dates of forthcoming meetings and events, a list of publications available frm the society and information about the exhibitions and archives at the Heritage Centre.

As the Society approaches its 31st year, we look forward to further developing our activites based on our much-admired Heritage Centre where we have the opportunity to do justice to the rich and varied history of Horwich and all the people who have helped to make us so proud of the town today.

We hope you find that Horwich Heritage has something to offer and welcome your interest, suggestions and support.

Stuart Whittle, Chairman



Download Our 2018 Programme

Our 2018 programme has now been finalised, featuring our popular Open Days, Monthly Meetings and Joining Information.

You can download your own PDF copy by clicking here: Horwich Heritage - Events Programme 2018



Val Leese's Family History Course: 2017

Do YOU have many 'Crysm' children in your family tree? Have any of YOUR ancestors been awadred a 'Virgin's Crown'?

Find out at the Horwich heritage Family History 10 Weeks Course, which begins in the Heritage Centre room on Monday 6th February at 10.30am and at 7pm.

The costs is £25 for the whole course payable to Carol Walker (treasurer) or Val Leese

The 10 Golden Rules

  1. How To Start YOUR Family Tree
  2. Civil Registration
  3. Census (1911 - 1881)
  4. Earlier Church Census and (1871 - 1841)
  5. Sources Of Information (e.g. Electoral Registers etc.)
  6. Individual Research
  7. Parish Registers
  8. Burial Records
  9. Wills 7 probate
  10. Visit to Bolton Family History Room - Julie Lamara's Talk

FREE Family History Magazines, Family History Society Booklets, Tea / Coffee & Biscuits and Chances To Win 2 Prizes

Conatct Val Leese on 0778 473 7660 or


SATURDAYS 10am - 1pm

February 24th 2018
60 Years Since the Winter Hill Crash

April 14th 2018
Family History

May 19th 2018
80 Years Of Aerospace at Lostock

July 21st 2018
Horwich: Past, Present & Future

September 8th 2018
Family History / Heritage Weekend

November 10th 2018
100 Years Since The End Of World War I

All 'Open Days' Admission - FREE



December 12th 2017
Christmas Entertainment - Sid Calderbank "A Lanky Evening"

January 9th 2018
Johnathan Ali - Life At The BBC

February 13th 2018
Elaine Taylor - Rivington Terraced Gardens

March 13th 2018
Paul Hindle - Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

April 10th 2018
Bill Naughton's Bolton Life

May 8th 2018
David Lloyd - A Tour Of Bolton in Old Photos

June 12th 2018
On The Go Theatre Co & Heritage Quiz

more what's on >

Latest News



This year's programme is turning out to be another good one and the leaflet with the list of speakers & Open Days for the second half of 2016 is now available from the Heritage Centre. Please renew your membership now. If you are not a member why not join? Only £10 for 11 talks.

HORWICH HERITAGE CENTRE is open every weekday 2- 4pm & Saturdays 10 - 12.30pm. It has a shop, shows and sells films about Horwich and has a range of professional exhibitions and displays to delight all the family. Help is also available for family history and other research. ADMISSION IS FREE!

The monthly OPEN DAYS provide additional exhibitions on topics of local interest. Special EXHIBITIONS currently running include: Horwich Loco Works, A Victorian Kitchen, The Way We Were, World War II, Winter Hill Mines & the Turnpike Roads. School Parties and other groups welcome. Contact 847797.


Happy New Year to all our members & friends - I hope it is a good one for us all!

The New Year kicks off in style with our first meeting on 10th January. Unfortunately Jonathan Ali is unwell so he can't give his WWI talk but we are pleased to welcome a more than adequate substitute in Roy Davies who will be talking about 'On the Bench' - with lots of interesting tales about his time as a Magistrate.

Our event planning starts right away with meetings of the Craft & Gift Fair & 'Lost Businesses of Horwich' Sub Committees this week and we hope to have the long-awaited Ted Brownlow book out in time for our February meeting. We are already looking for articles for the Spring magazine and are planning new ventures to do with further heritage walks and plaques around Horwich as well as presenting our new programme of speakers & Open Days/Exhibitions (see elsewhere on the web site).

So please join us as we embark on another exciting year at Horwich Heritage.

Best wishes, Stuart Whittle (Chairman)

Dear Members, I was just finishing my report on what has been another busy & successful 6 months of speakers, Open Days/Exhibitions & events when I received the sad news that our dear friend and founder member, Geoff Waine, had died.

Suddenly the images of what we have achieved as a Society over the past 31 years with Geoff as our 'elder stateman' flashed before me - and I felt so very proud to have shared all that with Geoff along the way. No doubt there will be many tributes from other organisations in the town who have benefitted from Geoff's guidance & expertise, but we at Horwich Heritage will always remember his special contribution to our Society. His dream was always to have our own Heritage Centre and thankfully he saw that happen.

Thanks Geoff. Rest in Peace. - Stuart Whittle

'The Founding Fathers of Horwich Heritage' - taken at one of our many appearances in 'period dress' at Horwich Carnival.

At the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Horwich Heritage