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Historic Houses

We are looking for someone who would like to research and write about the Historic Houses of Bollington, preferably as a charitable exercise but not necessarily so. This is one of the few subjects in historic Bollington that has never been specifically written about in book form and it is time to fill the gap.

The houses that immediately spring to mind as suitable candidates for inclusion include:

Sowcar Farm, Ingersley Road, a very old building (I know it is in Rainow parish, as are others, but it is really a part of Bollington!);
Adshead Barn Farm house;
Ingersley Hall, Ingersley Road (now known as Savio House);
Waulkmill House and Farm, Ingersley Vale;
The Vicarage, off Shrigley Road;
Oak Bank House, off Shrigley Road (long ago demolished);
Newbridge House, 18 Shrigley Road, (1794, built by Bollington Printing Co. for the mill Manager);
Rock Bank House, Clarence Road (today known as Carterbench House and converted into apartments);
Limefield House, Clarence Road;
The Waterhouse, Wellington Road (now part of the Medical Centre);
Bollington Old Hall, probably the oldest structure in the town, located on Wellington Road;
Sych House Farm, Ledley Street, off Henshall Road (pronounced sike);
An old farm house (known today as The Mews) in Albert Road, Lowerhouse, but relocated from its original position in the same street;
Long Row, Lowerhouse (a row of mill cottages);
A variety of houses built by Antrobus or Greg;
Ovenhouse Farm, Henshall Road (I have a history written by a member of an occupying family);
Barley Grange, Bollington Road, Bollington Cross (once the Barley Mow pub);
Turner Heath House/Farm, Bollington Road, Bollington Cross;
(The) Mount, Flash Lane, Bollington Cross, now a care home;
Shatwell Fold Farm, Bollington Road, Bollington Cross;
The Rookery, Bollington Road, Bollington Cross (recently converted into multiple occupancy);
Foldarbour, Ball Lane (historically nationally important);
Stakehouse End Farm, Chancery Lane, Kerridge;
Hollin Old Hall, Grimshaw Lane, Kerridge;
Hollin Hall, Jackson Lane, Kerridge (now the Hollin Hall Hotel);
Endon Hall, Oak Lane, Kerridge (converted into multiple occupancy);
Endon House, Oak Lane, Kerridge;
Moat Hall Farm, Clarke Lane, Kerridge.

Other interesting buildings (Not necessarily for inclusion):

The Bridewell, the town prison in Round Gardens;
White Nancy!

I am sure this is not an exhaustive list. There must be many smaller houses that have an interesting history. Many of these have been written about in short items mostly as a result of research into the people who lived there or their industrial activities. But the houses themselves have interesting histories that have never been the primary subject of any publication.

What we need is a small book with a selling price of not more than £20 that provides a concise history of the houses and their relationship to the development of Bollington, who built and lived in them. You would have free access to the Civic Society picture archive which contains historic pictures of most of the important houses in the town as well as many of the people who have lived in them.

If you would be interested in researching and writing this book, or short items about one or more houses, please send an email to Tim Boddington, Bollington Civic Society, who will be very pleased to discuss the project with you.


Bollington mills

Similar to the book on houses; a book providing a concise history of all the mills in Bollington - and a few in Rainow too. A list of mills would include:

Hough Hole Mill, Rainow;
Cow Lane Mill, Rainow (very little remaining but research material available);
Ingersley Waulk Mill (long gone, no trace ever found);
Ingersley Vale or Clough Mill (derelict after 1999 fire but planned to be converted into flats);
Rainow Mill; previously site of a Paper Mill;
Higher Mills (two mills here, Dyers Close today);
Lower Mills (Tullis Russell today);
Whitaker's [(flour) Bag] Mill, Turner Street, also known as Bannister's [Furniture] Mill (apartments today);
Sowcar Mill, in the meadow behind the Viceroy (long gone);
Defiance Mill, Queen Street (lived in today);
Oak Bank Mill (demolished, today Hamson Drive);
Bobbin Mill, Queen Street (long gone);
Bobbin Mill, Dawson Farm (long gone but bits remaining);
Beehive Mill. adjacent to Macclesfield canal bridge 28 (demolished early 20thC);
Clarence Mill (part industrial, part domestic today);
Waterhouse Mill (demolished 1962, then Kay Metzeler to 2012, now a housing estate);
Adelphi Mill (all commercial);
Bollington Mill (probably the first in Bollington, a flour mill, nothing remains);
Lowerhouse Mill (industrial, in almost continuous use since 1818);
Kerridge Windmill (at Five Ashes, demolished in WWII);
Fulling Mill, Ingersley Vale (long gone).

Not all of these were cotton or silk mills of course. At least three were corn mills at some or all of their time and the names of others indicate their purpose.

If you would be interested in researching and writing this book, or about any particular mill, please send an email to Tim Boddington, Bollington Civic Society, who will be very pleased to discuss the project with you.


Bollington people

Many of the people who made Bollington what it is today have been written about but in a wide diversity of books and booklets. It is time that we had these people all together in one document so that they can be read about in proper context and in relation to each other. A list of people would include:

Philip Antrobus - first Oak Bank Mill, Lowerhouse Mill;
George Antrobus - Oak Bank Mill, first Higher Mill, Lower Mill;
Swindells - several generations of mill builders, owners and cotton spinners;
Brooke - two generations in partnership with the Swindells family;
Alfred J King - mill operator, MP, benefactor;
Sir William Turner - benefactor (land for church building);
Lady Lowther - benefactor (Lowther Street School);
Oliver - several generations ownership of Waterhouse mill, cotton spinners;
Greg - mill operator (Lowerhouse), benefactor, humanist;
Peter Lomas - builder of first Waterhouse mill;
Briar - built Oak Bank cloth printing mill;
Alfred Gatley - sculptor;
William Clayton - coal mines;
Sir James Chadwick - 20thC discoverer of the neutron;

... and many more lesser, but none the less important, names.

... and we should include some modern names such as the late Dr John Coope MBE who did so much to develop the town's social and community life in the second half of the 20th century.

If you would be interested in researching and writing a book, or on any one of the houses, please send an email to Tim Boddington, Bollington Civic Society, who will be very pleased to discuss the project with you.


There is always room for material on web pages on this site, and we are always looking for history articles for Bollington Live!. So if you would like to write something short about one or more items in any of the lists above please make contact.

I am also interested in making short videos for uploading to YouTube, each describing one small aspect of Bollington history. The idea would be to provide a series of these so that those interested could take a walk round the town and watch and listen to the relevant history at each point of interest. I would expect each video to be not more than two minutes in length. Again, if you would be interested in developing this idea please make contact.