Astley Bridge

Astley Bridge

Astley Bridge is a residential area within Bolton, located a couple of miles north of the town centre. Originally named Lower Sharples, the area was renamed after the bridge over the Astley Brook, the valley of which is now home to the popular Valley entertainment complex which includes a Cinema, a gym and a good variety of restaurants. The name Astley is thought to derive from ‘ley’ (old English Leah meaning clearing) and Ast for Ash trees, thus ‘the clearing in the Ash trees’. The beautiful area and picturesque surroundings mean that when we have houses for sale in Astley Bridge, they rarely stay on the market for long.

History of Astley Bridge

Steeped in history, many of the houses, predominantly stone terraces were originally built over one hundred years ago to house the mill workers. Astley Bridge Mill or ‘Holden Mill’ a former cotton mill and Grade II listed building was built in 1926 for Sir John Holden & Sons Ltd and was the last mill to be built in Bolton. Cotton spinning at the mill ceased in 1965 after which time the building was used as a warehouse for Littlewoods Mail Order. More recently the mill has been converted into luxury apartments which are proving to be very popular with the local residents.

Today the area offers an array of housing from the stone terraces to larger detached properties and is also home to a large rental market.

The area offers good transport links with regular bus routes to the town centre and within easy reach there is also a train service from Hall’ith Wood which provides regular services on the Ribble Valley line to to Blackburn and Clitheroe. Passengers can also can catch the train here to Bolton and change here for other destinations including Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Houses for Sale in Astley Bridge often appeal to those who are looking for easy access to the surrounding areas, as well as good local amenities.

What to do in Astley Bridge

The area is sought after for many reasons including good schooling, there are many schools in the area including St Paul’s CE Primary School and Sharples High School.

The community is well served by an array of shops including Asda and a Post Office and also has a variety of restaurants and take-aways.

In addition there is a local cricket club, bowling club and just a short drive away is Moss Bank Park and Smithills Open Farm.

In 2017 property sales of terraced houses were the most popular selling for for an average of £102,790 while Semi-detached houses sold for an average of £149,103 and detached properties sold for an average price of £276,375.

As the local estate agent for Astley Bridge, The Purple Property Shop is the market leading Estate Agent in the area and has been supporting clients in the community of Astley Bridge for the past eight years. The Purple Property Shop is keen to continue to offer a quality service to assist everyone with their property journey. Whether you are a first time buyer or a tenant, or are looking to sell a property or are a landlord you will be met with a smile and a cup of coffee from one of our friendly team.

People searching for properties in Astley Bridge, also search for properties in Halliwell, Smithills and Tonge Fold.


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