Saturday October 2nd 1886
At a meeting of the Streets Committee of the Horwich Local Board, held on Thursday evening, the plans for the proposed new Conservative Club were adopted. The site of the new structure will be a piece of land fronting Church -street, and immediately adjoining the Bridge Inn – about the best site in the township for the purpose. The building will have a fine appearance. It will be constructed of stone; with Yorkshire par points and the usual stone mullions and transoms to the windows. Large pediments at the top of the building will be relieved by ornamental and scroll work, and this will be surmounted by a fine statue of the late Lord Beaconsfield, eight feet six inches high, the order for which will be placed in the hands of Mr.Rawcliffe, of Chorley, the sculptor entrusted with the statue of the late Prime Minister to be placed in the Bolton Park.
The club will be two storeys high and between the first and second will be a large balcony, surmounted by a carving of the rose, thistle and shamrock. On the basement there will be a large room (43 feet by 22) for public meetings, together with the usual caretaker’s rooms and wine cellars. Above these and fronting the road will be the principal entrance, flanked by a couple of shops, 24 by 15 feet each, with show rooms behind 18½ feet by 15. The top storey will contain a large billiard room, 38 feet by 24, sufficiently large for a couple of tables; also reading rooms, card room, bar and the customary offices. The roof will be open timbered. Everything will be on a scale sufficient to provide the Conservatives of the district with a handsome, commodious and comfortable building for meetings, recreation and organisation purposes. Should the surrounding circumstances be favourable, a bowling green will be attached to the club. Mr.T. E. Smith, architect, Bolton, is the designer of the plans.
Reproduced by Brian C Humphreys 2004
Horwich Conservative Club
123 Church Street
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