SD7109 : The Victoria Hall, Bolton Methodist Mission

taken 15 days ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

The Victoria Hall, Bolton Methodist Mission
The Victoria Hall, Bolton Methodist Mission
A view from the back of the main hall (see SD7109 : The Main Hall, Bolton Methodist Mission (Victoria Hall)) for a reverse view.

The Victoria Hall was opened in 1900 with more than 1,250 seats. It was designed in the style of a music hall so everyone would feel welcome, including those who were not regular church-goers. Although the seating and platform area have been modernised, the auditorium features much of the original Victorian décor. There is a gallery around three sides, carried on plaster-encased columns with enriched Ionic capitals and volutes. The windows feature yellow and white stained glass (dated 1900 in the west window).
Bolton Victoria Hall
The Victoria Hall was opened in 1900 in the style of a music hall with over 1,250 seats so everyone feels welcome.

In 1897, Bolton was to become the first town in the country to have a Central Hall, in keeping with the ‘forward movement’, which was the last great attempt to reach those alienated from all the churches. Architects Bradshaw Gass were commissioned to build “the finest hall in England”, based on the design of the popular Music Halls. It was felt that non- church people would feel more comfortable in such surroundings. The new Mission Hall was to be built on land belonging to Ridgway Gates Chapel which had opened in 1776 and was visited by John Wesley on 16 April 1777 when he gave it his official blessing. At the time it was considered to be the second largest Methodist Chapel in England.

A terrace of eight shops were bought with the middle four being demolished so that a red brick and terracotta entrance to the main hall could be created from the main street. The other shops were let to provide an income for the Mission. The main body of the hall lies behind the shops. Victoria Hall Methodist Mission was opened on 14 March 1900.

In addition to Worship, the Hall was used for many other activities including penny concerts and silent films were held on Saturday nights and the audience were invited to return on Sunday for worship. Concerts lasted around two hours, opening with a hymn and prayer, followed by several nationally famous soloists, musicians and often a comedian, and ending with the invitation and a benediction. Today, the Victoria Hall remains primarily a place of worship on Sundays, but on other days it plays host to a variety of musical events, lectures, meetings, school presentations etc. The main hall is noted for its fine acoustics.

The hall (including the shops at the front) is designated as a Grade II listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1388093 LinkExternal link ).
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Date Taken
Monday, 3 February, 2020   (more nearby)
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Monday, 10 February, 2020
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
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Indoor 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 715 094 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.8464N 2:25.8707W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 715 094
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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