'As the dark clouds of war roll away, we enter into an era of building and rebuilding. It would be a sad thing indeed if we should again become so zealous and engrossed in the task of building mills and worker's dwellings as in any sense to repeat the mistakes of the industrial revolution when our cities and towns were left unregulated to build themselves, and the face of the countryside in what are now industrial areas, become despoiled for generations to come.'
Turton Civic CentreDart's plan envisaged the civic centre at the front of Turton High School, on the area which was subsequently used for housing on Bromley Cross Road and Birtenshaw Crescent. The school can be seen on the right hand side of the picture, one third of the way down, behind the civic buildings. At the time the plan was drawn up the school was part built, construction having been halted during the war, and being completed in the early 1950s.
|Turton's New Civic Centre as proposed in 1946
Drawing by S. Kershaw, plate 84
The plan below includes a number buildings shown in purple, as follows; Library (L), Public Hall (PH), Municipal Offices (MO), Post Office (PO), Police Station and Court (PC), Shops (S), Infants & Junior School (IJS). It is also interesting to note the cinema which would have been across the road from what is now Sainsbury's Local store (previously The Volunteer public house).
|Turton's new town centre as envisaged in 1946
|Modern map of the area of the 1947 proposed centre
The book A Town Plan for the Urban District of Turton is available in the local libraries at Bromley Cross, Harwood, Bolton Westhoughton, Horwich and Farnworth, and can sometimes be found available for sale second hand.