It is impossible to say how Thomas Shires's undoubted talent for photography would have evolved over the years.
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But sadly his life ended in 1905 at the age of 28.

 

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Brookfold Farm

Brookfold Farm

Brookfold Farm in Harwood on the outskirts of Bolton is reputed to be one of the oldest buildings in the area. It has been restored since the original picture and looks remarkably unchanged. The Date on the datesone is 1681.



New picture taken in 2007



Credited to Bob Shires

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