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For details of What's
On check your copy of Bollington
Live!, look at the Arts
Centre pages or
call the Information
centre (01625−576311). A monthly What's On leaflet
is available at the Town
Hall and also
available online here.
The small town of Bollington is located about three miles north of Macclesfield, 18 miles south east of Manchester, in north east Cheshire, in the north west of England - find us on the map. It nestles in the western most foothills of the Pennine range of hills above the Cheshire plain, adjacent to the Peak District National Park; the boundary just enters the parish.
is a town borne of its rural origins with the industrialisation
of the area beginning in the mid 18th century and rapidly
developing in the 19th when several large cotton mills were
built, coal mines were opened and stone quarried. The opening
of the Macclesfield Canal in
1831 provided important industrial development incentive
as did the railway that followed in the 1860's. In modern
times the mills have been replaced by, usually, smaller businesses
although there remain two large paper coating mills, our
biggest industry today.
Tourism is increasingly important,
the town providing an easy base for those
interested in walking the hills (we hold
an annual Walking
late September), walking or boating the
canal or walking or riding (bikes and horses)
on the converted railway track, now known
as the Middlewood
to its residents as the Happy
Valley, this town is a village is a town! What do I mean? Well,
it's a town of 7,300 population strung out over a distance
of about two miles, never very wide, giving the feeling of
one long village. Present day Bollington is really based
around three villages that became merged together - Bollington
Cross, West Bollington and Bollington,
and on the edges you will find Kerridge on
the high ground and Lowerhouse in
the river Dean valley.
was a significant increase in the population
during the 1970's, 80's and 90's turning
the town into a dormitory for Macclesfield
and Manchester. Bollington is regarded
as a very desirable place to live and work.
This has to do with the advantages of its
beautiful location amongst the hills, known
as the Cheshire Peak District, and the
fact that the main street is, for all practical
purposes, a no through road; the road does
go through but leads mainly to places that
can be reached more directly by other routes.
This page provides a range of links to other pages giving an in-depth
view of the town and the interests of its population. Have
fun! Note that Wednesday is traditionally half day (or early)
closing day for shops in Bollington and many still follow
this tradition by closing at lunch time - usually 1.00pm
- but not the Post Office, pharmacy or the Co-op, all at
Some major projects are under way -
being developed. This will guide
the planners, particularly where
housing is concerned, up to 2030.
There is considerable community
involvement which will culminate
in June 2017 with a referendum,
open to all residents, on its acceptance
Local government reorganisation has lead to the need for Cheshire
East Council (CEC) to dispose of
large numbers of assets - buildings
and open space. Bollington
Town Council (BTC) have negotiated to take over
a number of these assets and run
them locally, mainly by use of volunteer
groups such as that already running
Ground (although that remains in the hands of CEC who undertake
a range of maintenance activities).
The Civic Hall was taken over
in April 2013 and has subsequently
been given a good overhaul.
The Bridgend Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and
continues to provide support in many
ways to those who need a helping
hand. Open for coffee most days,
it also has a fantastic range of
useful second hand things for sale,
including clothes, books and all
kind of household utensils.
Friends of the Recreation
Ground was established to look after
this important green space in the centre of town. They
have made a significant improvement to the facilities
which accommodate cricket, football, tennis and bowls.
They have won a Green Flag for quality open space every
year since their formation!
Tinkers Clough is a delightful
and very popular piece of wet woodland containing a wide
variety of flora and fauna, but it had fallen on hard times
due to lack of care. This situation was transformed in 2009
by the Bollington
Initiative Trust who took over
the management, obtained funding and transformed this little
To enhance and protect Kerridge Ridge and Ingersley Vale, two of
the most beautiful parts of our local landscape. Groundwork managed
Ridge & Ingersley Vale Countryside & Heritage Project.
The project attracted c.£700,000 from the Heritage Lottery
Fund - look at the page! The project was completed by
July 2010 but the voluntary working parties continue to keep the
area in good order.
The Civic Society have a Discovery Centre at
Clarence Mill. This was opened by cousins John & Terry Waite,
at the start of the 2005 Festival. It provides an insight
into Bollington's heritage. Do come and join us there!
Check out the Civic
Society pages now!
In 2003 we developed our first Parish Plan. In 2008 this has been
replaced by a Town Plan. This is important for
the future development of the town - it identifies what
the residents want the town to become in the years ahead. Check
it out now! With the changes to planning law in 2012
the town plan needs updating. However, the CEC
Strategic Plan for future housing does not include
any major development in Bollington. This is
on the basis that the following sites already
have planning permission: Ingersley Vale; Waterhouse
Mill; land opposite the Red Lion. The canal
wharf in Hurst Lane is presently the subject
of an application.
If you know of any additional links please let me know. Many thanks.
Now for the details -- select a link from the list below or from the extensive navigation down the left hand column (pass your mouse over the links to see the sub links):