2008 Opening of Police Post within the Public Hall
2006 Spirit of Sport officially unveiled
2005 Opening of new Heritage Centre at Horwich Resource Centre
2004 Opening of new police station at Middlebrook
2004 Opening of the Pathway Centre: Rivington & Blackrod High School and Lord Street Primary School
2002 Commonwealth Games - Cycling & badminton events in Horwich
2001 Bolton Arena opens - Horwich Celebration benches installed outside of Public Hall
1999 Horwich Parkway Railway Station opened
1997 New Fire Station opened. First Bolton Wanderers match at the Reebok Stadium
1995 Horwich Heritage Centre opened within the Resource Centre
1991 Horwich Resource Centre opened
1990 Horwich and Crowborough entered a town twinning agreement
1983 Horwich Loco Works closed
1980 Old Station Park was officially opened on the site of the former railway station
1976 Railway Mechanic's Institute burned down
1974 The Town Council succeeded the Urban District Council
1972 The building of the rest of the Leisure Centre started
1968 Horwich Leisure Centre Swimming Pool opened
1967 Horwich Railway Station closed
1958 35 people killed in an air crash on Winter Hill
1955/6 The television station was erected on Winter Hill
1948 Lord Leverhulme's bungalow demolished
1940 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II visited Horwich in recognition of the town's contribution to the war effort
1937 De Havilland factory started
1922 Horwich RMI Band became Champions of Great Britain and the Colonies
1904 Victoria Mill founded.
1903 Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men became World Champions
1900 William Hesketh Lever, later Lord Leverhulme, bought the manor of Rivington and built a bungalow and magnificent gardens on thehillside below Rivington Pike
1894 The Urban District Council was formed
1891 Population had risen to 12,850
1889 The first newly built locomotive (Number 1008) left the works
1887 A bakehouse in Beatrice Street becomes a chapel for the congregation which later built St Catherine's Church
1886 St Mary's Catholic Parish established
1884 Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway purchased land for a new railway works at Horwich
1878 The Public Hall built as a Leisure Centre by Peter Martin, his widow presented it to the Local Board who used it for Council work
1874 The Local Board was formed. The start of Local Government
1850 Horwich Flood
1840 Horwich has its first policemen
1830 The foundation stone of the present Holy Trinity Church was laid
1818 Horwich Moor enclosed
1774 Lee Chapel built (now Lee Lane Church)
1763 The Turnpike Road through Horwich was improved
1733 The present tower on Rivington Pike was constructed
1719 New Chapel built
1660 Horwich Church registers exist from this date
1651 It is likely that Horwich men were involved in the Bolton Massacre, for which the Earl of Derby was executed in Churchgate, Bolton
1643 Horwich men fought at the Battle of Middlewich
1622 Account from the constable of Manchester of two men escaping from the Horwich stocks
1611 The manor of Rivington sold to Robert Lever and James Breres
1588 Rivington Pike Beacon lit to announce the coming of the Spanish Armada
1566 Rivington Grammar School was founded by Bishop Pilkington
1552 The King's Commissioners visited Horwich Church
1547 Five shillings paid for the new curfew rope for Horwich Chapel
1473 Thirteen houses had been built
1322 Sixteen plots for pasture in Horwich
1282 The forests of Horwich valued at £24
1280 A document refers to the highway, now Georges Lane
1277 Martin Grelley, Baron of Manchester prosecuted Martin de Rumworth for carrying off deer in Horwich chase
1102 Albert Grelley became Baron of Manchester and Horwich became his private hunting forest
1500BC Date of Bronze Age burial mounds on Winter Hill
2500BC Date of axe found in Tiger's Clough


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mapHorwich is situated in the beautiful rural setting of the West Pennine Moors, 5 miles north of Bolton.

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Horwich Live!

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Horwich Council Meetings

Meetings of the Horwich Town Council are held in the council Chamber, Public Hall, Lee Lane, Horwich on the second Monday of the month (except in July) and usually on the Thursday of the week following it.

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Members of the public are welcome to attend and may also speak under the rules of the Council.

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Meet The Mayor

Horwich Town Mayor Town Mayor
Chair of the Council

Cllr Jim Bullock, became Town Mayor on 12 May 2016 and his term of office will last one year.

You are welcome to invite the Town Mayor to events in the Parish of Horwich, and he will also try to visit anyone who is celebrating a significant birthday or anniversary.

Please contact the Town Clerk.