of the most important streets through Bollington, Palmerston Street
begins at the junction with Hamson
Drive, Shrigley Road, Ingersley
Road and Church Street - marked today
by a mini-roundabout. It continues through the shopping area, past
Bridgend, the Memorial Garden and Coronation Garden playground.
It then goes under the Macclesfield
to its end outside
the Dog & Partridge at the junction with Wellington Road, Adlington
Road and Round Gardens.
Approach off Wellington Road, Shrigley
Road, Ingersley Road or Church
Leads to Queen Street (both ends), High
Street, Pool Bank car park, Beeston
Brow, Church Mews, Water
Street, Clarence Road, Hurst
Lane, Round Gardens (both ends).
Nearest shops - in the street and in High Street.
Nearest pubs - Spinners Arms, Dog & Partridge both
in the street, The Turners, Cotton
Tree and Church House nearby.
Council Ward - Central.
used to be a post office in Palmerston Street, in two different
Palmerston Street, named after Lord Palmerston who was a minister
of the Crown for 45 years before becoming Prime Minister in 1855,
had been heavily developed in the early 19thC. The stimulant was,
no doubt, the building of the Macclesfield
the late 1820s which involved much change to the river Dean valley
around the point where the street passes under the canal. It is
probable that the original road connecting West Bollington with
'old' Bollington went through what we today call Round
they cut off that loop with a straightened road that went all alongside
what is now the Recreation
Ground, then under the aqueduct and across some marshy ground,
where the river had run before it was routed to Water Street and
the tunnel, to the foot of Beeston Brow and into Queen Street.
original through road continued along what is today the lower
part of Queen Street (see Queen
Street and the Old Route). So the section of Palmerston Street
from Beeston Brow to, say, High Street was built from about
1830 on. It is possible that there was a street along some
of this prior to that date. For instance, I suspect that the
section from the junction with Church Street to Queen Street
is a very old road; it may even have gone as far as High Street.
bridge over the Harrop Brook at Bridge End is relatively
recent, there being report of a ford here in the mid to late
19thC. Before this time the street was named Great High Street.
In 1920, after WWI, a Memorial Garden was built between Palmerston Street and Water Street. This contains a sandstone cross which now records the names of all those Bollington men who fell in both WWI and WWII.
A Service of Remembrance is held here each year in November.
On the opposite side of Palmerston Street is Coronation Gardens,
established in 1953 for the Queen's coronation and fully
re-furbished in 2013, Golden Jubilee year, which is devoted
to a young children's play area with all kinds of fun equipment
to keep them happy for hours! Older children will find their
play area in Adlington
Road, complete with a skate park.
variety of house types, structures and materials suggests that
they were built over a period of time by many different builders.
This pair (left) of two up two down cottages were refurbished
around 2000. One was used for many years by the Kirk family
as their coal order office.
located in a very old farm house at Bridge End. Notice that
the floor level is substantially lower than the ground and
road in front of it - this is because the building pre-dates
the canal, the time when the ground between the canal and
Bridgend was significantly raised by the addition of earth
from the first, failed, attempt at building the embankment.
Notice, too, the cottage opposite the Bridgend Centre is
similarly set down in the ground.
The building to the right of the Bridgend Centre (not pictured) stands
on the site of Bollington's Empire Cinema. The building was
later used by motorcycle mechanics responsible for world champion
Mike Hawthorn's racing bikes, and so the modern building is
named Hawthorn House.
Pleasuregate / Pledgegate
These names refer to the track beside the Macclesfield Canal by the aqueduct, between the canal embankment and the Recreation
Ground. This is said to be where the young men of the town took their young ladies to make their pledge and take their pleasure!
Conservation and Listing
From the roundabout to the aqueduct this street is in the Bollington
Conservation Area. Numbers 3, 5-13, 15A, 19-27, 29A, 29B and 29C,
31-37, 32-36, 44 and 46, 53 and 53A, 55-79, 56-60, 64 and 66, 72,
98 and 100 are subject to Article 4 Direction.
The canal aqueduct and adjacent land is in the Macclesfield Canal
The links for the last two are to the Images
of England web site provided by Historic England.
II, converted to present form c.1935 and is one of few examples
of an urban pub from the inter-wars years. This building has
been listed in March 2014 in order to protect it and its notable
interior. CAMRA were responsible for protecting this building.
Macclesfield Canal aqueduct over Palmerston Street; II, Built c.1830 by William Crosley, Engineer.
quarter mile stone;
II, small stone 20m north of aqueduct on towpath. Note that EH
page pictures the wrong stone.
Buildings page for notes regarding SPD properties
(SPD) Bollington War Memorial; 1920, A sandstone cross set in
(SPD) 81 & 83 Palmerston Street; A pair of mid 19th century,
double fronted, semi-detached houses.