Overview of the Club's History

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

comandmantsThe 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.
Edward Carpenter