The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"BOLD, a township in the parish of Prescot, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 3 miles to the S. of St. Helen's. The St. Helen's and Lancashire and Yorkshire railway runs through it. The township contains Bold Heath, and the hamlet of Maypole. It has some charitable endowments, which produce about £13 per annum. The family of the Bolds had their seat here from before the Norman Conquest down to the year 1761, when the male line became extinct. The curious old hall still exists as a farmhouse, on the demesne attached to the present mansion of Bold Hall, the seat of Sir H. B. Hoghton, Bart. Richard Barnes, Bishop of Carlisle, and afterwards of Durham, in the latter half of the 16th century, was born here."