Donald Stewart was an ordinary chap, just one
of the hundreds of ordinary folk who lived and worked in Bollington
over the past couple of centuries. Why do I pick him out for a
page? Well, simply because I knew him, I liked him very much and
he told me an interesting, if hair-raising, anecdote from his
He was born in 1902, one of nine children, all brought up in Rock
House at the top of Beeston Mount. I got to know him in the late
1970s as a fine old gentleman. We frequently met in the Crown Inn
and shared a few pints. He had various occupations during his life
including as a sales representative selling studs - collar studs
and cuff links - to the trade. That was in the days when men, including
the so called working classes, wore shirts with removable collars.
The studs were mounted on cards for retail display in barber's
and hardware shops.
Donald married Stella Ogden. In the 1960s they took the Dog & Partridge
Inn. He was known for his good humour and long hours - this was
a pub that was often open right through the night! And the police
station was next door, in fact the Bridewell [jail] was in the
back yard of the pub! See
below for D&P
died in 1987 while living at Shrigley Court.
The anecdote that will remain with me always concerned the building
of the 'new' chimney at the Oak Bank Mill printing works (where
Hamson Drive is today). This
chimney was built about 1912 and was around 200 feet high. During
its construction it was clothed in scaffolding and ladders. One
weekend, when the site was deserted, the 10 year old Donald, together
with one of his sisters, climbed to the very top of the scaffolding
to play! The very thought sends shivers down the spine.
Donald's granddaughter continues to live in Bollington today.
Donald's father was Joseph Stewart and from 1900 he and his family
lived at Rock Cottage in Beeston Mount. Indeed, members of the
family lived there until 2000, 100 years in total! Donald was
the youngest of eleven children, two dying in infancy.
Stories from the ether ...
My thanks go to those who researched and discovered the history
that is presented in these pages, in particular Linda Bester,
Donald & Stella's grand-daughter, who has provided most of the
information on this page. Please
read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.
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