The Socialist Sunday School movement began in Glasgow in 1896 and remained in existence for more than 60 years.
Bolton Socialist Sunday School was started at 16 Wood Street soon after the Socialist Club moved here.
Meetings included hymns with words by socialists such as Edward Carpenter, William Morris, and, Bolton writer, Allen Clarke - 'we seemed forever to be marching somewhere, even if we often failed to reach the destination' (Alice Foley; A Bolton Childhood).
The children also learned to recite the Socialist Ten Commandments
England Arise, the long, long night is over,
Faint in the east behold the dawn appears;
Out of your evil dream of toil and sorrow
Arise, O England, for the day is here.
The pre-World War I period saw an explosion of socialist activism throughout the country and Bolton's Socialist Party was involved, particularly in organising & publicising very popular large public meetings.
The biggest halls in town were hired for public meetings - the Temperance Hall (which held 2,000 people), the Hippodrome Theatre, the Cooperative Hall and the Theatre Royal.
Thousands of song sheets were printed, the Clarion choir performed, 'Red Flag Toffee' and 'Marseillaise Cocoa' were sold, and huge posters were put up around town to advertise celebrity speakers like Keir Hardie, Victor Grayson, Ben Tillett and James Connolly.
From a meeting addressed by Tom Mann in 1912 the Club managed to make a profit of 11 Pounds 3 Shillings and 11 Pence from tickets sold at 3d and 6d each.