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Coordinates: 53°32′N 2°22′W / 53.53°N 2.37°W / 53.53; -2.37

Kearsley North.jpg
Kearsley looking north from St Stephen's church tower
Kearsley is located in Greater Manchester

 Kearsley shown within Greater Manchester
Population 9,287 [1]
OS grid reference SD755055
Metropolitan borough Bolton
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BOLTON
Postcode district BL4
Dialling code 01204
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Bolton South East
List of places: UK • England • Greater Manchester

Kearsley (or archaically Kersley)[2] is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies about 12 km north west of the City of Manchester and about 6 km south of Bolton.

It is bounded on the west by Walkden, the east by Whitefield, the north by Farnworth and the south by Clifton.

Kearsley was once a township in the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Deane, in the Hundred of Salford of Lancashire. Kearsley was an urban district of Lancashire from 1894 until 1974.[3] In 1933, part of Clifton was added to Kearsley Urban District. Part of Outwood of Radcliffe became part of Kearsley in line with the 1933 Lancashire Review.



Kearsley Mill, a former textile mill at Stoneclough.

The area now known as Kearsley was mentioned as an industrial area in 1752, when James Brindley worked on water drainage problems at the Wet Earth Colliery on the borders of Kearsley and Clifton. In 1780, a mill was built at the point where the River Croal meets the River Irwell[4] The first real mention of Kearsley was in 1830[2] when it was described as:

"Kersley, a township in the parish of Deane, Hundred of Salford, 7 miles N.W. from Manchester. Inhabitants 1833. In this township is Kearsley Moor, an extensive common, under the surface of which there are many valuable coalmines".


Today Kearsley has little industry, the one remaining mill is now a multi occupancy building housing both retail and light engineering. There are three small industrial estates concerned mainly with the transport industry.

  • Europa Industrial Estate, Stoneclough Road
  • Fishbrook Industrial Estate, Stoneclough Road
  • Lion Industrial Estate, Moss Road

There is a small shopping precinct and some isolated shops along Manchester Road.

In the mid 1800s, the area was busy with the coal mining industry. Several street names such as Moss Colliery Road bear testimony to this. The largest coal mine was the Unity Brook Colliery. On 12 March 1878 an explosion[5] in the mine killed 43 men and boys.[6] Nineteen of the dead were buried in the Parish Church.[7] By 1900 the coal mining industry had all but disappeared from the area.

On the area now known as Nob End, a chemical works was built by Harrison Blair.[8] The works produced vitriol (sulphuric acid).

In the late 1920s a coal fired power station was built. Kearsley Power station used water for cooling taken from the River Irwell. The power station closed, and was later demolished, on May 12, 1985. The power station had a dedicated rail line,[9] which has since been removed and forms part of a pedestrian trail.


Kearsley sprang up on the main A666 from Manchester to Bolton. Today it lies on the A666 at a point where the Kearsley Roundabout connects it and Farnworth to the M61 motorway via the Kearsley Spur Link Road.

Kearsley railway station is located on aptly named Station Road, from here there is a service northbound to Wigan Wallgate and southbound to Rochdale railway station via Manchester Victoria. In 1878, the mineral railway line to Kearsley was opened, at a cost of £100.[10]

It is on the main bus route from Bolton to Manchester. In earlier days, it was on the main tram route. On 3 June 1881, trams ran the full length of the system: Town Hall Square, Bolton to Farnworth & Kearsley. the main bus routes that run through kearsley are the number 8 bus and 22.

Notable people


For its size, Kearsley has a disproportionate number of churches.[11] The main church being the parish church of St. Stephens.


St Stephens

Church of England, located on Manchester Road, St Stephen's Church was the vision of Harrison Blair.[8] who owned the chemical works at Nob End. The church has a graveyard which hold the remains of 19 miners killed in the Unity Brook Colliery disaster, The church was founded in 1870 erected in 1870-71 by the family of the Harrison Blair who died before his vision could be finished. It cost £3,600 and has seating for 538 parishioners.[11] The Bishop of Manchester, Dr Fraser, finally consecrated the newly built Church on 1 July 1871.[8]

Congregational church

A United Reformed Church, founded before 1890. It is now closed.

New Jerusalem church

Located on Bolton Rd, founded in 1836, the church has a now disused graveyard.

St John Fisher

Catholic Church, founded in 1969 on Manchester Road.

Kearsley Mount

A Methodist Church of Great Britain, built in 1891 on Manchester Road faces the Parish Church of St Stephens.

Schoenstatt Shrine

After two years in planning and ten months of building, the Schoenstatt Shrine was dedicated on 1 October 2000 by Bishop Terence John Brain of Salford. The opening was attended by visitors from as far away as Mexico, Australia and South America as well as Schoenstatt members from Ireland, Scotland and its native Germany.[12]


The schools in Kearsley are under the control of Bolton Education Department. The pupil and ID numbers are extracted from the Bolton MBC web site

Pre school

The area has two nursery schools, Rompers which is a private nursery taking 33 children[13] and Spindle Point School.[14] During 2009, Rompers Nursery was demolished for a housing development project. On Sunday 3rd January 2010, the luxury apartment site was on fire for several hours with Police closing Manchester Road to give the firefighters room to put out the fire.[15]


There are two primary schools both under the direction of Bolton Education, Spindle Point School (pupils 247 Ofsted Id 105/105196, Dfes Number 2075) and the church attached St. Stephens Church of England Primary School (pupils 222, Ofsted Id 105/105240, Dfes Number: 3354)


There is one secondary school in Kearsley, George Tomlinson School on Springfield Road. (Pupils 541, Ofsted Id 105/105268, Dfes Number: 5402). Its age rage is 11–16 years of age, and allows mixed genders.


Keasley Ward is in the Parliamentary district of Bolton South East. In 2007, the Member of Parliament for the Ward is Dr Brian Iddon (Labour Party).[16]

The local councillors for Kearsley in 2007 are Councillor John Rothwell and Councillor Margaret Rothwell, both Liberal Democrats.[17]



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