The Winter Hill Mass Trespass of 1896

Will Yo’ Come O’ Sunday Mornin’? The Winter Hill Mass Trespass of 1896: join us this year!

The stirring events of September 1896 were virtually forgotten for several decades. The ‘mass trespass’ was the biggest rights-of-way battle in British history (much larger than Kinder Scout) and mobilised thousands of Boltonians over three weeks in September 1896. The story of the ‘Winter Hill Mass Trespass’ was rediscovered in 1982 and celebrated with a march over the disputed road. The event was repeated in 1996. A short history of the events was produced, with the first edition published in 1982 and a second in 1996. A supply of about 50 copies of Will Yo’ Come O’ Sunday Mornin’?’ (1996 edition) have been unearthed. The book sells at £5 and you can go to my page on ‘buying my books’ for more details. All proceeds go to Bolton Socialist Club, which was instrumental in organising the 1896 event and is still going strong. My new book Moorlands, Memories and Reflections has a full chapter on the events of 1896 – more details in ‘publications’ and ‘buying my books’.

A facebook group has been formed to promote the celebration in September as a broad-based community event: please sign up to ‘Winter Hill 125’. Events at the planning stage

The 1982 march

so far include a commemorative march over the original trespass route to Belmont, on Sunday September 5th. Further details to follow but expect a 10.00 start from bottom of Halliwell Road (original setting off point).

The Woodland Trust is organising a gala at Walker Fold. There will be free public transport from Belmont back to Bolton and Walker Fold at the end of the march, kindly sponsored by Rotala (Diamond Buses)

NEW from singer Jonny Campbell Hi Folks, in two weeks time I am going to be doing my first Kickstarter campaign to to kick the ‘Winter Hill Trespass’ single I have planned for release in around August off the ground. My first vinyl 7” release with dedicated artwork documenting the trespass in the form of postcards and tea towels also. Lots of more will be available to pledge to help the project get to £1200which can fund the vinyl, artwork and production costs of the single. Please feel free to sign up to my newsletter: And/or my facebook page Really looking forward to the talk on 12th March and the planned trespass in September.

A zoom meeting is being held on Friday March 12th at 7.15pm – see details below for how to sign up.