Welcome To The Thomas Shires Collection



The Thomas Shires Collection is a website dedicated to the photographs of Thomas Atherton Shires who lived and worked in Bolton at the end of the 19th century and the very beginning of the 20th century.

Photography for Thomas Shires was a hobby, and the collection makes a remarkable archive of the equivalent of today’s snapshots; photographs of places and scenes which took the photographers eye as he enjoyed his Sunday days off work.

The collection is an online gallery of 187 historic photographs taken by Thomas in Bolton and on various leisure trips to the popular ‘day trip’ destinations of the day.

Where possible the photographs have been indexed into 7 categories which include:  Bolton  :  North Wales  :  Other Locations  :  People  :  Various / Can You Help?  :  Close Ups  :  Then & Now

The ‘Various / Can You Help?’ category signals the need for visitors to help us in identifying the locations, if you recognise any of the scenes we would love to hear from you, any suggestions will be received with thanks and credit will be given for any information.

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