Farnworth is located in Greater Manchester
 Farnworth shown within Greater Manchester

25,264 (2001 Census)

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Metropolitan Borough

Metropolitan County
Greater Manchester

North West


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United Kingdom

Post Town

Postcode District

Dialling Code

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester

North West

EU Parliament
North West England

UK Parliament
Bolton South East
Farnworth is a town and an unparished area within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, England.

It is located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) southeast of Bolton, 5 miles south-west of Bury (7 km), and 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Manchester.

Historically in Lancashire, Farnworth lies on the River Irwell and the River Croal, and according to the United Kingdom Census 2001 it has a population of 25,264 people.


Farnworth derives from the Old English fearn, fern and worth an enclosure.

Farnworth was recorded as Farneworth and Farnewrth in 1278 and 1279 and Ffornword in a land survey of 1282.

Middle Ages:

Farnworth was originally a hamlet in Barton.

In the 13th century it was held by the Lords of Barton and Manchester.

By 1320 Adam Lever, Richard Hulton and Richard Redford held the manor as tenants.

Later the manor was acquired by the Hultons of Over Hulton.

In 1666 there were 91 hearths in Farnworth liable to pay tax.

The commons were enclosed in 1798.

There was a watermill on the River Croal.

Industrial Revolution:

The town expanded rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries around the coal mining industry.

The collieries were part of an extensive mine complex, the Worsley Navigable Levels whose underground canals stretched from the Delph at Worsley and linked the mines to the Bridgewater Canal.

Other industry included iron foundries and cotton mills.

The owner of Farnworth Paper mills, T.B. Crompton, patented a continuous-drying process which contributed to the mechanisation of papermaking in 1821.


Lying within the boundaries of Lancashire since the early 12th century, Farnworth constituted a township and chapelry within the ecclesiastical parish of Deane.

In 1837 Farnworth became part of the Bolton Poor Law Union which took responsibility for funding the Poor Law in that area.

In 1863, a Local board of health was established for the township and in 1866, it also became a separate civil parish.

In 1899, under the Local Government Act 1894, Farnworth became a Urban District.

In 1939, the district was granted by a charter to become the Municipal Borough of Farnworth.

In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, Farnworth became an unparished area of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester.

Under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, the Radcliffe-cum-Farnworth constituency was established with one Member of Parliament (MP).

The constituency was abolished in 1918 with Radcliffe becoming part of the Heywood and Radcliffe constituency, and Farnworth having its own Parliament constituency.

The Farnworth constituency continued until it was abolished in 1983 and became part of the Bolton South East constituency.


Farnworth measures about two miles from east to west, and one from north to south with an area of 1,502 acres (608 ha) on land sloping towards the north-east by the River Croal which forms the boundary.

Will Hill Brook forms the northern boundary.

The underlying rocks are the coal measures of the Manchester Coalfield.

Districts in Farnworth include Dixon Green and New Bury.

The town has grown along the Manchester to Bolton road, the A666 and the A575 road to Worsley and Eccles.

Plodder Lane, the B6199, goes west past the Royal Bolton Hospital.


Farnworth is situated north of junctions 3 and 4 of the M61 motorway.

The main roads run through the town are the A666 (Farnworth & Kearsley By-Pass), the A575 (Egerton St/Albert Rd/Worsley Rd), the A5082 (Buckley Lane/Long Causeway), the A6053 (Bolton Rd/Market St/Manchester Rd), and the B6199 (Plodder Lane).

Farnworth and Moses Gate railway stations are served by Northern Rail who operate services on the Manchester to Preston Line.


Farnworth has nine primary schools and three secondary schools.

Harper Green School is home to the Alan Ball Sports Hall, as well as the Peter Kay Theatre.

In 2006, Peter Kay filmed a music video at Harper Green with the Scottish band Texas.

All Saints C of EPrimary105238N/A
St. Peters C of EPrimary105239 website
The OrchardsPrimary105187 website
Highfield Primary SchoolPrimary105182 website
Our Lady of Lourdes RCPrimary105245N/A
Plodder LanePrimary105183 website
QueensbridgePrimary133925 website
St Gregory's RCPrimary105244 website
St James C of EPrimary105208N/A
Harper Green SchoolSecondary105257 website
Mount St Joseph Secondary105263 website
St James's C of E Secondary105266 website

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