Bollington's ancient families
Bollington has many old families and they have heavily inter-married over the past centuries. Hence the well known saying 'Kick one and we all limp!' - it sometimes seems that everyone is related! This page has been set up to record these old families and to show the connections between the families.
Here are some of the most well known of the old
names of Bollington - Heathcote, Sherratt, King, Chadwick, Shatwell,
Mayers - and there are very many more! Use the links above or those
at the bottom of the page to get into the trees.
How will we build the information?
This is how we'll do it - the webmaster will
collect family tree information from any of the old families in
the town willing to share it and I will add it to the family database.
The database can then be displayed via the Surnames
Index and the Names Index with
family links provided from these pages.
So, if you are a member of one of the long established
families of Bollington please email the webmaster, Tim Boddington,
and I will give you guidance on what is needed. I already maintain
two other family web sites for my own families so if you would
like to see what one looks like, and find out how interesting it
can be, have a look at the Boddington
family tree - you won't be surprised to find some historically
interesting brewers on that one! I should point out that my family
have only lived in Bollington for 40+ years so we do not rate as
an old Bollington family - not yet anyway!
Please note that for security reasons the pages
will not list or display anyone still living. Only for those deceased
will I include full birth marriage and death data and other interesting
details about their lives. Any of this will be omitted if requested
to do so by the family.
So, come on Bolly, contact me right now - send me an email!
The fascination of family history
If you have never delved into your family history
then you don't know what fun you are missing! As webmaster for
two family trees - the Boddington
family and the Adkins
family - I get information sent to me from all over the world;
hardly a day goes by when I don't get an email from someone with
a relationship or an interest. All the information sent to me is
put into a database and made into web pages. Over the past few
years I have put together 20 to 30 sets of cousins who didn't know
each other even existed! And on one great occasion I found the
mother of an adopted person - they met up for the first time in
The tree so far ...
The first family was sent in by Anthony
Holland. He is a descendant of the oldest known family in the district
- the Shatwell or Shatwall family. Further information has been
obtained relating to the Perkin family and then the Wainwrights,
Vares and Bradleys, which group are related to many other well
known names. I am most grateful for the extensive research into
the Hough family sent to me by James Hough. The Mottershead families,
there are two at least, are interesting because we have a 19thC
picture of mother and daughter. We even have a remote connection
to the Boddington brewery family of Manchester! Follow John Joule
of Bollington through his daughter and her husband. Use the links
Surnames | Index | Sources |
family page | Shatwell/Shatwall
tree | Swindells | Brooke |
Allaby | Blease |
Two Bradley families: Bradley,
Dearnaley | Gardiner (One
of several lines) | Hough |
Joule | Henry
Mottershead | George
Mottershead | Oliver | Perkin |
Swindells | Unwin | Vare |
Vickers | Wainwright | Warburton
... and many others, see the Surnames list.
The parish website now includes searchable burial registers 1835-2004 and memorial inscriptions (gravestones 1835-2012
and columbarium 1953-2012).
page describes what is in the database
and the search options are found at the bottom of the page.
Visitors should read through the introduction the first time they
visit to get a clear
idea of what is and is not available.
Did you know that a Waterloo veteran is buried at Bollington?
His name can be found in the parish web site News Archive.
Although some of these records can be found on other web sites,
including the Happy Valley web site family pages, none provides
such extensive coverage. And it's free to use, although
the parish would be grateful for donations from those who find
the search facilities useful.
The church burial records have been transcribed and put into a
database by Roy Arnold and Dave Williams. This outstanding piece
of history recording also produced a book, Bollington 1914
- 1918 ... and more, The story of local folk in time of war.
Copies of this are available from St Oswald's Church, the Discovery
Centre and the Bridgend Centre, price £7.99.