The John Pilkington Room This large room is sited close to the reception area and can be used for one-to-one, couple or small groups (maximum six people). It contains a large comfortable sofa (which can seat up to three people comfortably, but can accommodate four), two arm chairs and a large desk with an office chair. The room has easy disabled access. If you would like to use this room or arrange a visit email us on [email protected]olton.org.uk This room remembers Major John Pilkington (1757-1828) the founder of Silverwell House and eminent manufacturer of Dimity - a hard wearing cotton. His title 'Major' is due to his command of the Bolton Light Horse Volunteers, raised to put down disturbances in manufacturing districts. Although this unit was disbanded in 1816, it is likely that former members of this militia group joined the Hussars who were responsible for Manchester's infamous Peterloo Massacre in 1819, where troops rampaged through a peaceful crowd of working people, killing 15 and injuring hundreds more. There is no evidence that Pilkington was present at Peterloo, although this event had a significant impact on Silverwell's next resident - John Dean Peterloo Massacre by George Cruikshank published 1819 by Richard Carlile If you would like to find out more about the history of our centre click here Would you or your organisation like to sponsor this historic room for a year? Contact us to find out how you can be part of our history.