Overview of the Club's History

Overview 1886-1900  1900-1914   1914-1965  1966-1982  1983-1999 2000 to Date

In JuneSaraReddish 1898, Sarah Reddish (pictured), a well-known Bolton socialist and feminist, announced that the local branches of the Independent Labour Party (founded by Keir Hardie in 1893) and the Social Democratic Party were fusing.

'Division means weakness' she wrote. 'We want strength for useful work and therefore we hope that other local comrades will join us'.

The new body was called the Bolton Socialist Party and the following year the Socialist Club moved to 13 Lorne Street – a narrow back alley which now runs behind Waterstones Deansgate shop.