Tonge, Bolton

Tonge is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD733094
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Historic county
  • Lancashire
Post town BOLTON
Postcode district BL2
Dialling code 01204
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
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53°34′50″N 2°24′18″W / 53.580563°N 2.405073°W / 53.580563; -2.405073Coordinates: 53°34′50″N 2°24′18″W / 53.580563°N 2.405073°W / 53.580563; -2.405073

Tonge is an outlying area of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. The name is supposed to be derived from the Old English "tang" or "twang" meaning a fork in a river.[1] Tonge comprises two areas, namely Tonge Fold and Tonge Moor. Tonge Fold sits upon the River Tonge, a region of whose banks is a geological site of special scientific interest (SSSI).[2][3]

Historically a part of Lancashire, it was once part of the township of Tonge with Haulgh.[4] By the end of the 19th century Tonge was home to a coal mine.[5]


There are three primary schools in Tonge;-

  • Moorgate Country Primary School,[6]
  • Tonge Moor County Primary School[7]
  • Castle Hill Primary School.[8]
  • St Columba's RC Primary School

Tonge does not have any secondary schools within its borders, though schools like Canon Slade School, Turton School and Sharples School are popular choices around the area.


A noteworthy building in Tonge is Hall i' th' Wood, an early 16th-century manor house, and once the home of Samuel Crompton in the 18th century. The building was bought by William Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) in 1899, and after it was restored, he gave it to Bolton Corporation in 1900.[4]

The public cemetery, laid out by William Henderson, was opened in 1856, with extant buildings by Charles Holt and John Smalman Smith, 29 acres (12 ha) of land having been purchased from Le Gendre Nicholas Starkie.[9]


  1. ^ A Bolton website
  2. ^ "Tonge River Section citation sheet" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 27 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Map of River Tonge Section SSSI". Nature on the Map. Retrieved 27 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b Farrer, William; Brownbill, J., eds. (1911). "Tonge with Haulgh". A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5. British History Online. pp. 255–260. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  5. ^ 1896 coal mines list,, archived from the original on 6 October 2007, retrieved 6 December 2009
  6. ^ Moorgate primary school government profile
  7. ^ Tonge Moor Primary school government profile
  8. ^ Castle Hill primary school government profile
  9. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1001660)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2020.

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