'Old' Bollington

The stone end, but not actually the oldest


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High StreetOld is in quotes because it is not formally used in the name. But it is used locally to differentiate this part of the town. This is the largest part of the town and was developed in the 18th and 19thC with the coming of the mills and quarries. As a result most of the buildings are built of stone - hence another local term; the stone end of Bollington. Indeed, this is the only stone built village in Cheshire. The mills in 'Old' Bollington include Defiance Mill and the Bobbin Mill (Queen Street), Higher Mill and Lower Mill (both at the end of Church Street), Oak Bank Mill (now Hamson Drive), Clarence Mill (top of Clarence Road), Whitaker's or Bannister's Mill (Turner Street off Church Street), and the long lost Sowcar Mill in Sowcar meadow (off Ingersley Road). I am not mentioning the mills in Ingersley Vale because they are technically in Rainow even though they can be accessed only from this part of Bollington!

Other notable locations include St. John's Church; the main shopping areas of High Street (pictured above) and Palmerston Street; Water Street, its fantastic hanging baskets and window boxes in the summer, the old school building (Water Street CentreExternal link), the river tunnel (really!), these latter three streets forming the Historic Triangle; Pool Bank - more interesting in the past, when it was really a mill pool serving Defiance Mill, rather than the unattractive looking car park it is today; Beeston quarry with the old Oak Bank Mill chimney and the Lookout on top of its cliffs; Bridge End and its historic buildings (Bridgend CentreExternal link); Queen Street, probably the oldest and most quaint street in the town; the war memorial gardens; Rock Bank House; Limefield House; Beeston Brow.

The Macclesfield CanalExternal link aqueduct across Palmerston Street divides 'Old' Bollington from West Bollington.