Perched on Kerridge hillside high above old Bollington, Cow
Lane, Kerridge, affords the most excellent views to the north.
It is a very narrow country lane, a cul de sac, with
an assortment of properties strung out along its 250m. It ends
in the well trodden footpaths that lead around Kerridge Hill.
Approach off Lord Street, Chancery Lane.
Leads to Adshead Court.
Nearest shops - Palmerston Street.
Nearest pubs - Crown Inn.
Council Ward - East.
It is very likely that the stone cottages in the lane would
have been occupied by miners. The fields off the closed end of
the lane (behind the camera in the pictures left) there are the
remains of more than a dozen coal pits. These would have been
bell pits, very common in this part of Cheshire. There were further
pits up the hillside and around the east side of the hill. Coal
mining was at one time a major industry in Bollington and Rainow.
This area is well known for its paved footpaths, 'trod' paths
paved with long lines of stone slabs across the fields. It is
notable that the paths from the closed end of Cow Lane are not
paved which is surprising considering the importance of these
The bottom picture is a case of spot the difference. This is
the junction of Cow Lane with Chancery Lane and Lord Street.
The only obvious difference today is the children's clothing!
Other differences include the crushed stone road surface, the
gas lamp, the window shutters, and the size of the tree.