Below is an interview with Andrew Cardwell that was featured in the Bolton News regarding the BL7 postcode being regarded as one of the best places to raise a family. The BL7 postcode area includes Egerton, Bromley Cross, Edgworth, Chapeltown and Dunscar.
“The BL7 postcode area is consistently one of the most popular areas that clients advise us that they are seeking to move to, so these results do not surprise me at all.
“There is a high standard of Primary Schools whilst Turton High School on Chapeltown Road has an excellent reputation locally.
“The area enjoys superb travel links, and there is some of the most stunning countryside in the region with the Wayoh, Entwistle, and Jumbles Reservoirs all local beauty spots worthy of particular mention.
“This is a wonderful area to live and raise a family.”
Here is the link to the full article:
BL7 is one of Bolton’s most popular postcodes for people looking to buy or rent properties. It’s areas include; Bromley Cross, Egerton and Edgworth which is one of Bolton’s three most expensive places to buy a house along with Lostock and Heaton. BL7 has a population of 15,290 made up of 6,519 households (2011 census). Cardwells have been successfully selling properties in BL7 and renting properties in BL7 since 1982.
BL7’s Residential Areas
Bromley Cross (BL7) is a popular village in the South Turton part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. A great family and social location it boasts good transport links, shops, sporting facilities, pubs and restaurants. Cardwells have been successfully selling and letting homes here and nearby since 1982.
Named after an ancient cross (now sadly gone) Bromley Cross was originally named Kershaw’s Cross for a tenant farmer who resided here and whose landlords, the Bromley family, owned land in Harwood and Bradshaw. The cross was renamed Bromley Cross in their family name.
A study conducted by investment mutual Family Investments in September 2011 found (using criteria that compared crime rates, schooling, average incomes, affordable house prices and amenities) that Bromley Cross was rated the fifth best place in Britain to raise a family.
It is no wonder that when there is property to let in Bromley Cross we have a consistently high level of demand. As letting agents, Cardwells manage a number of properties in Bromley Cross and often find ourselves with tenants waiting for properties in Bromley Cross. If you are thinking of letting or selling a property in Bromley Cross please either fill in the form or call us on 01204 381281 and we would be delighted assist you.
For families and children there are quality venues such as fidgets play centre, the village hall, and Turton sports centre which offers many activities from swimming to karate to roller skating and everything in between! There are local football teams and several cricket clubs (Egerton CC, Bradshaw CC, and Edgworth CC) all nearby.
Bromley cross is also served by an eclectic mix of night time venues ranging from the traditional pubs such as “the Sportsman”, and “The Spread Eagle”, and the very popular “Flag”. There is also “The Bleachworks” which is a member only club and private hire event venue. If live music is more to your taste Bromley Cross has possibly the UKs best small live venue in “The Railway” but don’t just take Cardwells word for it (or our Manager who loves the place!); “Bolton’s Railway is an excellent venue, one of the country’s finest. For it’s size, it’s up there with the best & is certainly one of the most friendly & convivial. But what I like most is their unwavering dedication for showcasing new & up & coming bands…” Rob Evans – Classic Rock Magazine.
Bromley Cross has its own hotel in the famous Last Drop Village, a collection of barns on farmland that in the 1960s was converted into a picturesque hotel, restaurant, bar, event venue and gym with swimming pool, popular for its boutique shops and events throughout the year.
Bromley Cross has a Co-Op supermarket, several shops, beauty salons, hairdressers, barbers, pet grooming salons and a Sainsbury’s Local.
Travel and commuting from Bromley Cross is simple and convenient as it has its own train station which serves Blackburn, Manchester and Bolton. Whilst via the road network the A666 runs through nearby Egerton and is the road that can (eventually) link Blackburn and Manchester, and provides easy access to Darwen and St Peter’s Way to join the motorway network. It also has several bus routes into Bolton and the surrounding areas.
Belmont (BL7) is a picturesque village approximately five miles broadly to the north west of Bolton falling with the Blackburn with Darwen Council authority area roughly within the civil parish of North Turton and within the West Pennine Moors and as such enjoys wonderful countryside and in many cases exceptional views, Winter Hill is nearby and is really imposing. The postcode prefix is BL7.
From Bolton the easiest way to access Belmont is via road is by Blackburn Road A666 and once through the traffic lights at the junction with Asda bear left onto Belmont Road A675 and continue through Sharples and into Belmont village.
Property for either sale or to let in Belmont has always been consistently popular with Cardwells clients. As Estate Agents in Belmont we find there is a consistently high level of demand in both the sales and rental markets and we can you sell your property in Belmont, as we have done so on very many occasions since 1982. Cardwells also operate as commercial agents in Belmont and there is a real variety of commercial properties within the area, particularly around the old Dye Works accessed off Egerton Road.
The countryside surrounding Belmont is much admired. There are various reservoirs, brooks and streams including: the “Blue Lagoon” / Wards reservoir, Springs Reservoir, Dingle Reservoir, Gale Brook, Wards Brook, and Belmont Reservoir & Ornamental Reservoir. Whilst Winter Hill and the peaks and walks of Rivington are all within easy reach.
In the heart of Belmont village is the Parish Church of Saint Peter’s, a Church of England parish, this is very prominent from the road, is a picturesque stone building set in its own grounds and provides wonderful community facilities.
There is no Golf Club in Belmont but Dunscar Golf Club and Turton Golf Club will only be a short drive away offers superb facilities for Golfers and people travel from far and wide to play the scenic courses. Bolton Sailing Club is based on Belmont Reservoir which is just to the north of Belmont off Belmont Road. This club has been established since around 1952 and offers sailing facilities for the whole family and any ability group. It is also a lovely venue for a private function / party.
There are a number of restaurants and pubs in Belmont which will hopefully cater and provide for every occasion. One of the most popular is the San Marino restaurant positioned on Belmont Road. There is also The Wilton Arms on Belmont Road with a sizeable car park. There are two community favourite pubs both of which serve food, The Black Dog and The Bulls Head.
A wonderful village, in part a conservation area set on the edge of the West Pennine Moors (often usurped by & known as Turton which is rather the district than the village itself) made up of picture postcard stone cottages and the development spread of some more modern high end detached houses. We at Cardwells Estate Agents have been successfully selling and renting properties in Chapeltown since 1982.
The village is dominated by St Annes Church (known locally as the cathedral on the hill.) A beautiful stone building dedicated to St Anne the mother of the Virgin Mary. The chapel of Turton existed since 1111, built by Roger De Poitu.
In 1630 Lord Chetham purchased the manor of Turton and re built the chapel. In 1799 it was rebuilt yet again and the present church was built between 1840 & 1841. Today the church provides a wonderful place of worship and a final resting place for many people.
The Chetham Arms is the one remaining public houses in Chapeltown (and a particular favourite of our Chairman), located on High Street and serves good pub grub and fine traditional beers, a dog friendly place where all are welcome. Opposite is Tower Street, this leads down to two football pitches. The second oldest football pitch in England, dating back to the late 1830’s where local history records show that FIVE of the England Football Team lived on High Street, and used the Chetham Arms to get changed (2nd floor).
Turton Tower is very close by and must be mentioned. A wonderful historic medieval country house set in private grounds located off Chapeltown Road. The house is open to the public at a nominal cost and the tower kitchen; the grounds are open all year round and free of charge to explore.
Chapeltown used to have its own railway station but this is now closed, the old mill was knocked down and up market designer homes were built on site. Locals must now travel about a mile to Bromley Cross or Entwistle railway stations.
Crowthorn is a beautiful rural village set within the West Pennine Moors, in the heart of substantial countryside and farmland. Crowthorn is just beyond Edgworth if you were to drive towards Belthorn (Blackburn), around six miles away from Bolton town centre. Crowthorn has the postcode prefix BL7.
There has been a great deal of investment and development in Crowthorn throughout the last decade, at the centre of this has been the conversion of the old Crowthorn School and the ancillary buildings. The buildings have been thoughtfully converted to retain their traditional exteriors but quite often have beautiful contemporary interiors. This conversion has really lifted the area and created a much more eclectic mix of properties in Crowthorn, as there are the modern family size conversions, stylish apartments and away from the Crowthorn School site there are traditional farm houses and small holdings.
Cardwells Estate Agents have sold various properties in Crowthorn over the years including the large detached farmhouses and small holdings. If you are looking for an estate agent in Crowthorn look no further than Cardwells (01204 381281). We often have people registered with us who are looking for property in Crowthorn, please tell us your requirements too and you too can be one of the first to know when a property in Crowthorn comes to the market.
The Toby Restaurant is situated in the heart of Crowthorn (Broadhead Road) and from the dining rooms the wonderful views can be fully enjoyed, as can the steaks, pizza, past and fresh fish. The Toby is a firm favourite with The Cardwell family and all of the staff at Cardwells. Further afield in Edgworth and Chapeltown there is a variety of restaurants and public houses including: The King William on Chapeltown Road, the Chetham Arms, the Black Bull or White Horse. In Edgworth is the local primary school (Edgworth Primary School) which has a very good reputation. The older children of Crowthorn often attend Turton High School, Canon Slade, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School or Bolton School.
For recreational facilities Edgworth Cricket & Sports Club is nearby, which offers a whole variety of sports and facilities including cricket, football, bowling, adventure parks etc. It is also a wonderful venue for a private party. Cardwells proudly sponsor Edgworth Cricket and recreational Club.
Dunscar is a small area in north of Bolton close to Egerton, Bromley Cross, Eagley and just beyond Sharples as you drive away Bolton town centre on the A666. The area situated just short off three miles to the North of Bolton in Greater Manchester with the Postcode prefix of BL7, approximately 12 miles North West of Manchester City Centre. Positioned within the greater region of the West Pennine Moors, Dunscar enjoys some outstanding local countryside, and is an excellent place to enjoy a countryside walk. Dunscar Wood was acquired by the Woodland Trust in around 1999 and forms part of The Red Rose Forest.
Dunscar benefits from one of North Bolton’s most popular industrial estates, situated just off Blackburn Road, the A666. Dunscar Industrial Estate is around 19,000 square foot of land and approximately 19 units of varying sizes. There is car parking for visitors on the site and the site is well illuminated from the main road. Dunscar Industrial Estate is currently the home of a wide variety of businesses including: Fidgets Play Centre, Hot Chilli restaurant, Dunscar Timber Engineering, Anglezark Ltd, Convival Hotels Ltd, and The Bleachworks.
Eagley Sports club is accessed through the Dunscar Industrial Estate; this is the home of Eagley Football Club which offers a variety of age group specific football teams, there is a cricket pitch, archery facilities and a wonderful club house / bar that may be ideal for Private Functions. Dunscar Golf Club offers superb facilities for Golfers and people travel from far and wide to play the scenic course. Annually Dunscar Golf Club is home to a beer festival and other social events, and could be an ideal place for a private party.
There are a number of restaurants and pubs in Dunscar which all contribute to the eclectic night life; The Hot Chilli restaurant is situated on Dunscar Industrial Estate and offers take away food. There is also The Bleachworks which is a bar / night spot aimed at the discerning customer.
Further afield in Egerton there is The Thomas Egerton restaurant and bar which takes its name from Sir Thomas Egerton who was land owner and Captain of The Cotton Industry in the 1800s. The Masons Arms, The Bistro 341, The Cross Guns and Ciao Baby all offer an excellent variety of drinking and dining options as you travel a little further into Egerton. In the other direction towards Eagley on the A666 is the Brew House restaurant and pub, which offers a variety of drinks and food across the menu and is home to numerous events including a popular quiz.
A north Bolton village nesting on the edge of the west Pennine Moors. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and dominated by the Wayoh reservoir with wonderful walks enjoyed not only by local people but day visitors alike. The centre of the village is the crossroads of Bolton Road, Bury Road, Blackburn Road and Broadhead Road where there are a limited number of local facilities i.e. White Horse public house, The Butchers shop (fantastic quality meats, personally recommended) The Post Office, a hairdressers and Holden’s ice cream parlour. World famous for fabulous ice cream where there is always a queue at the weekends. Socially, the Edgworth Cricket Club and the Barlow Institute offer many attractions, cricket for various ages and levels, social gatherings, a football club (Turton FC), tennis courts, ladies rounder’s and darts teams, snooker and a crown green bowling club, private parties and even an annual beer festival. Cardwells are proud to Sponsor Edgworth Cricket Club and are proud to give a little back to the wonderful community in Edgworth.
Interestingly, property in Edgworth has a Bolton address and a BL7 postcode prefix, the area falls within the Blackburn and Darwen Council area yet the landline numbers often start with the 01204 (Bolton) prefix.
There is an abundance of good restaurants in Edgworth without travelling too far ranging from good pub grub to high end dining. The Toby restaurant (Broadhead Road) is always a firm favourite for fresh fish, pizza & steak of very high quality as is the food at the King William on Chapeltown Road. For pub grub try the Chetham Arms or the Black Bull. To be fair wherever you choose locally you will not go wrong as all offer high level of quality and value. It’s one of the many attractions. Why not try a visit to historic Turton Tower, off Chapeltown Road. There are also woodlands, play areas, historic house and gardens, plus a lovely little café with ample parking available.
Egerton is a village situated around three miles to the North of Bolton in Greater Manchester with the Postcode prefix of BL7, approximately 12 miles North West of Manchester City Centre. Positioned within the region of the West Pennine Moors, Egerton enjoys some outstanding local countryside and an array of first class everyday facilities.
Property that is either for sale or to let in Egerton have always been consistently popular with our clients and there is a consistently high level of demand. If you are looking for an estate agent in Egerton, look no further than Cardwells as we have been successfully selling and renting property in Egerton since 1982.
One of the facilities of Egerton that the residents can be very proud of is Egerton Park. There are zip wires, swings, slides, a trampoline, outdoor gym equipment, a tennis court, open play spaces and Egerton Bowling Club use the bowling green positioned to the rear of the play areas. There are several sports clubs based in Egerton including Egerton Cricket Club which has several junior teams, plus the club house can be a fantastic venue for a private party. Turton Golf Club and Dunscar Golf Club are both near to Egerton and offer an excellent choice for golfers. Delph Sailing Club is situated on the Delph reservoir, just off Longworth Road.
Travel and commuting from Egerton is very easy as the nearest train station to Egerton is in Bromley Cross, this is serves Blackburn, Manchester and Bolton. Whilst via the road network the A666 runs through Egerton and is the road that can (eventually) link Blackburn and Manchester, and provides easy access to Darwen and St Peter’s Way to join the motorway network.
There are a number of restaurants and pubs in Egerton which all contribute to the eclectic night life; The Thomas Egerton restaurant and bar takes its name (as does the village) from Sir Thomas Egerton who was land owner and Captain of The Cotton Industry in the 1800s. The Masons Arms, The Bistro 341, The Cross Guns and Ciao Baby all offer an excellent variety of drinking and dining options.
Entwistle is a beautiful hamlet set just beyond Edgworth within the West Pennine Moors, in the heart of substantial countryside just north west of the Wayoh Reservoir and east of the Entwistle reservoir, situated approximately six miles away from Bolton. Interestingly properties in Entwistle have a Bolton address, including a post code prefix BL7 and a Bolton landline number (01204) but fall within the Blackburn with Darwen Council area.
Entwistle is an ideal hamlet for exploring the areas wonderful natural countryside including the Entwistle and Wayoh reservoirs, countryside walks and wonderful open space. Entwistle is an ideal semi rural location which still benefits from being within easy reach of the excellent everyday amenities of Edgworth and beyond.
There is a train station in Entwistle which we understand serves Manchester City Centre, Bolton, Blackburn and Bromley Cross, so could be ideal for those wishing to commute into work but live within a beautiful rural position. The Strawberry Duck pub restaurant is just near Entwistle train station and offers a wonderful and varied menu set within a historical setting, it is well worth a visit if you have never been.
There is a real variety of property in Entwistle from large traditional terraced homes, semi detached, detached properties, farm houses and substantial detached residences. Cardwells have been estate agents in Entwistle since 1982 and have a successful track record of selling and renting properties in Entwistle. If you are looking for an estate agent in Entwistle look no further than Cardwells Bolton 01204 381281. Locally there has been tasteful investment in Entwistle, Crowthorn and Edgworth and this has created an even greater eclectic mix of property in the wider area.
The village historically known as Turton is now known as Chapeltown. Turton comprises of Chapeltown and a large surrounding is and was an urban district until 1974. It is now divided between two local authorities, North Turton is part of the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen and South Turton is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton.
Turton now refers to a collective area of approximately 70 Sq kilometres and includes the villages and areas of Chapeltown, Turton Bottoms, Edgworth, parts of Bromley Cross and surrounding areas spreading out through lovely countryside towards Darwen, Egerton and Bury.
A semi-rural area on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, the air is fresh and it is true the temperature drops a degree as you move north from Bolton. Renown for beautiful countryside and stunning views there are often many walkers who set out to walk the reservoirs, starting in the Jumbles country park, along one side of the Wayoh reservoir and onto the Entwistle reservoir, before returning “on the other side” perhaps having stopped along the way at The Chetham Arms or The Black Bull or maybe the Strawberry Duck. All are wonderful establishments serving real ale, coffees and excellent food.
The Schools of BL7
One of the major reasons people look to move to BL7 is the excellent schools both primary and secondary, below are links to a selection of them;
Edgworth Primary School, Bolton Road, BL7 0AH 01204 852 932
Sixth Form College:
Bolton School 6th Form College, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4RD 01204 840 201
Eating and Drinking in BL7
There is a fine selection of popular restaurants and bars in BL7, below is a small taste;
Restaurants & Public Houses:
Lesiure activities in BL7