This attractive room at the front of the House has three comfortable seats, a cosy fire and large table, which could be suitable for small meetings or art therapy exercises.  The tea party room is only available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 4.30pm and 8.00pm.  During the day it provides space for our Helpdesk Team to work privately with clients.

If you would like to use this room or arrange a visit by emailing us on [email protected] 

The tea party commemorates two significant events over 80 years apart.  In 1837, John Dean resident of the house, invited two members of the Magistrates' Bench (Charles Darbishire and Robert Heywood - who were to become the first and second Mayors of Bolton, respectively), to a tea party at his home.  This was to start a campaign which resulted a year later in Bolton receiving a charter from Queen Victoria which recognised the town as an independent borough.  A second tea party was held in 1919 for returning prisoners of war from the First World War.  This was in the Drill Hall, a building designed by local architect Captain Marshall-Robinson on the site of the garden and fixed to the front of Silverwell House.  The Drill Hall later converted into Bolton Sports Centre.

Top left: Booklet to commemorate the 1919 tea party for returning prisoners of war in the Drill Hall and Photograph of World War 1 soldiers training in Silverwell's Drill Hall circa 1914 - courtesy of Bolton Archive Library

If you would like to know more about the history of our building click here for further details.

Would you or your organisation like to sponsor this historic room for a year?

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