Crompton Way cost £230,000 to build. Members of the Town Council assembled at the Town Hall, where they were then driven in busses to the Bury Road end of the highway. A ribbon stretched across the road, which was cut by Sir Henry Maybury using a pair of scissors presented to him by the Mayor.
As can be seen by these photos, the opening event is clearly a big occasion if the size of crowd can be anything to judge by. Dignitaries then drove along the road, returning to the Town Hall where light refreshments were served : information from Bolton Journal and Guardian 27th April 1928
New Avenue of trees at Hall i’th’Wood 1928
As indicated in these columns last week the nine acres of land immediately surrounding Hall ‘i’th’Wood , which the Corporation are purchasing are to be laid out in part for the Crompton celebrations. The Centenary Committee has approved a suggestion that sapling trees bearing commemorative plates shall be planted along the site of a short avenue which is to be constructed from the new arterial road Crompton Way to Hall ‘i’th’Wood One tree will be planted by a representative from each of the 14 countries sending delegates to the meetings of the International Cotton Spinners Federation, and the Mayor of Bolton (Sir Thomas Flitcroft), the President of the Textile Institute (Mr Wm. Howarth) and the Chairman of the Centenary Committee (Lt. Col. B Palin Dobson) will also plant a sapling each. The new roadway, presumably, may be termed Crompton Avenue, though this would involve changing the name of a street off Bury Road at present bearing that title. When the whole of the grounds surrounding the Hall, have been laid out, a big improvement will have been affected, and the historic building will be not only more impressive to visitors but a credit to the Corporation. Some delay has occurred in the issue of the souvenir programmes of the celebrations, by the way, but at the time of writing it was anticipated that the booklets would be in the hands of the public by the end of the week.”
Above transcript article: Bolton Journal and Guardian 10th June 1927 Image (below) courtesy Bolton News
We know from additional articles that the countries represented by the delegates were Japan, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the trees planted were cherry trees. With an oak tree planted by the English representative, President of the Lancashire Master Spinners Association.
The article above “New Avenue at Hall i’th’Wood” really caught our attention, originally we thought it referred to the trees along Green Way. However further reading showed they stretched from the museum and then down Crompton Way.
Such a shame the trees did not survive. They were Cherry Trees. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see them all still in bloom proudly displaying a plaque from each countryman. The Research Team