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BOLTON T Sharples Concert Room

Brass.  32mm.  T. SHARPLES CONCERT ROOM AND MUSEUM STAR INN CHURCHGATE BOLTON in seven lines with ornaments above, below and at sides. R. A seven-pointed  star within inner circle; olive wreath around.  Reeded edge.  DW p.51.62; MG 471. FrTB3 643 Slight stains, otherwise GF with a little original colour*
*US customers please note that this is strict British grading.

Thomas Sharples opened a concert-room at the Millstone Inn in 1832. This was one of the first such concert venues in the UK. In 1840 he moved to the Star Inn. Sharples, and his son, William, became involved in a battle with the authorities and the misery-mongers of the Temperance movement who tried to close him down by taking away his liquor license. This was only solved when he succeeded in playing off the authorities against the reform groups.
See Dagmar Kift: The Victorian Music Hall: Culture, Class and Conflict, translated from German, 1996.

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Bolton - Concert Hall -  Ticket or pass - 19th century.

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