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Welcome to Bollington's own web pages, with their own most appropriate page address - - reflecting Bollington's nickname!

One of Cheshire's Market TownsExternal link, Bollington never stands still with a constant stream of artistic and volunteer endeavour from the Bollington Brass Band, the Festival Choir, Bollington Light Opera Group (BLOG), the Festival Players and so many other gifted groups (see the Arts section).

The Civic Society has never been more active and their  Discovery Centre  at Clarence Mill continues to be very popular with those wishing to discover more about the town and its history and view their amazing collection of historic pictures. Canalside The Thread Radio on 102.8fmExternal link has firmly established its popularity throughout the east Cheshire area. A wide range of sporting activity and achievement compliments all this fun.

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For details of What's On check your copy of Bollington Live!, look at the Arts Centre pagesExternal link or call the Information centre (01625−576311). A monthly What's On leaflet is available at the Town Hall and also available online hereExternal link.

The small town of Bollington is located about three miles north of MacclesfieldExternal link, 18 miles south east of Manchester, in north east Cheshire, in the north west of England - find us on the mapExternal link. 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.

Clarence Mill, with the new bridge!It 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 CanalExternal link 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industrial development incentive as did the railway that followed in the 1860's. In modern times the mills have been replaced by, usually, smaller businesses although there remain two large paper coating mills, our biggest industry today.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 Festival in October), walking or boating the canal or walking or riding (bikes and horses) on the converted railway track, now known as the Middlewood Way.

Bollington rooftops - Peter EtheringtonKnown 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.

The Old Market Place, High StreetThere 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 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 West Bollington.

Some major projects are under way -

  • Local government reorganisation is leading to the need for Cheshire East Council (CEC) to dispose of large numbers of assets - buildings and open space. Bollington Town Council (BTC) are in negotiation from 2010 to take over a number of these assets and run them locally, mainly by use of volunteer groups such as that already running the Recreation Ground (although that remains in the hands of CEC who undertake a range of maintenance activities). The Civic Hall has been taken over in April 2013.

  • 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 valley!

  • To enhance and protect Kerridge Ridge and Ingersley Vale, two of the most beautiful parts of our local landscape. Groundwork managed the Kerridge Ridge & Ingersley Vale Countryside & Heritage ProjectExternal link. 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):

Oak Bank mill pond 
Oak Bank mill pond, Shrigley Road

'Beguiling Bollington' is the title of an excellent article on the town in the November 2003 issue of Cheshire Life.

Bollington walks are featured in the February 2004 issue.

Bollington Festival is featured in the May 2005 issue.

Many walks guides are available from the Bridgend Centre and from the  Discovery Centre .

18 Years of the Happy Valley web site!

Stay out of trouble online!

Bollington on YouTubeExternal link

Stunning video for the Walking Festival with super sound from Bollington Brass BandExternal link

2012 Christmas lights event, a film by James NicholasExternal link

Two excellent videos by Catherine Neary ...
Living in the Happy ValleyExternal link | Bollington for the VisitorExternal link 

and FlickrExternal link

 The Happy Valley has featured on a BBC news item; see what others think about the place we love!External link


The  Discovery Centre 

Town Plan 2008

The late Dr John Coope MBE

Wallpaper pictures for you!

The view from Kerridge Hill (White Nancy)

Leisure Centre 

Bridgend CentreExternal link

Bollington pubs & restaurants - Old Pubs!

Links to other towns in the area and other links of relevance

Bollington singing sensation ClarissaExternal link

Bollington is twinned with Thurles in IrelandExternal link.

Beautiful pictures of BollingtonExternal link

WhereCanWeGo.comExternal link provides a free listing service for your events - go have a look!

Google Street View

Local WeatherExternal link

Stuff2DoExternal link school holiday ideas to keep children occupied!

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