Bolton is a large town in the north-west of England. Located close to the West Pennine Moors, it is the largest settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester,[1] and has a total population of 139,403.

Historically part of Lancashire, Bolton rose to prominence during the 19th century as a mill town centred on textile manufacture and cotton spinning. At its zenith it was one of the largest and most productive centres of cotton manufacture in the world.