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A borough of northwest England northwest of Manchester. It was a center of the woolen trade from the 14th to the 18th century.
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1. (Placename) a town in NW England, in Bolton unitary authority, Greater Manchester: centre of the woollen trade since the 14th century; later important for cotton. Pop: 139 403 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 263 800 (2003 est). Area: 140 sq km (54 sq miles)
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(ˈboʊl tn)

a borough in Greater Manchester, in NW England. 265,200.
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The 19-year-old former Smithills School and Wingates principal cornet player is also a first year undergraduate at the RNCM in Manchester.
A convoy of 30 caravans moved to Smithills School, Bolton, on Sunday evening after they were kicked off a park nearby.
Khan attended Smithills School in his home town of Bolton, before going on to further study at college.
Kyle, a Year 8 pupil at Smithills School, was able to scramble free and escape injury during the 20-minute assault.
Another scheme at the 1,530-pupil Smithills School in Bolton, Lancs, could be extended to all schools in the town after attendance by seven out of 10 truants improved.