Can Row, Bolton Moor : Notes relating to the owners and occupants
of Can Row, Bolton Moor, Great Bolton 1796 - 1832, including Ralph Tonge (d.
1810) and Robert Tonge (1778 - 1832). By Stephen Tonge, Oct 2002.
In his will of 1831, Robert Tonge of Heaton, farmer, left several cottages in Can Row to his children. In an effort to try to identify who his parents are I have checked out the Rate Assessment records to see if there was an earlier Tonge's living in or owning these cottages.
In the 1796 Great Bolton Township Survey and Valuation we find Can Row on p60, but there are no Tong(e)'s listed.
In 1800 and 1801 the Poor Rate Assessments show Can Row, house numbers one to nine and an additional four cottages with no numbers. There are various tenants, and most of the cottages are owned by John Blackburn, Esquire. There are no Tonge's.
In 1803, The Poor Rate Assessment for Heaton records Robert Tonge as being resident at a farm, assessed at 55-9-9 and rated at 4-3-3.
By 1804 Ralph Tonge is listed as both the owner and proprietor of number 14 Can Row. There he stays until 1807, when while still listed as the proprietor, the house is in the occupancy of John Higson.
In August 1810, Ralph Tonge is still listed as the proprietor, but the house is in the occupancy of John Broughton, Betty Halliwell, Isaac Halliwell and John Halliwell. By September 1811 the tenants are the same, but the proprietor is listed as Tong's Exos. We therefore know that Ralph Tonge died between August 1810 and September 1811. There is a corresponding burial at St. Marys, Deane, on 29th October 1810, of Ralph Tong of Great Bolton. There is however no will listed in the indexes for Lancashire, proved at either Chester or Richmond.
The records are then missing until 1816, when we find Tongs Exos. still listed as the proprietor, with Nathan Wood residing there. There is also another cottage listed, tenanted by James Ward and Richard Makin, the proprietor of which is R. Tong - quite possible Robert Tonge of Heaton.
There is another gap in the records then until 1821, in which I was unable to find Can Row.
In his 1822 will, John France of Rumworth leaves cottages in Can Row to his daughters Ginney Horrox and Alice Edge, in the occupation of Peter Horrox and Widow Openshaw respectively.
The 1823 Survey of Great Bolton Land Owners lists the following leasees and occupiers:
The next record in the Poor Rate Assessment was from 1829, but unfortunately by this time the records no longer record who the owner of the house was, only the persons residing there. There is a fairly long list of people living at Can Row, including Betty Halliwell, Isaac Halliwell, John Halliwell and Nathan Woods. What is interesting is that not one of the people listed in the 1831 will as being occupiers of the cottages are listed in the 1829 Poor Rate Assessments:
Occupiers of Can Row (Robert Tonge will, 1831):-
In the local newspaper, three days after the death of Robert Tonge, we find the following:
The Bolton Chronicle, Saturday 18th February, 1832, p1.
Bolton Chronicle, Saturday, June 29th, 1833
Can Row, Bolton Moor, OS 1947, 5ft to 1 mile
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I am reliably informed by Wayne Ashton, local historian, that Can Row is the row of cottages shown highlighted in the above map. The cottages were demolished some time between 1900 and 1950.