Donald Stewart was an ordinary chap, just one
of the hundreds of ordinary folk who lived and worked in Bollington
over the past couple of centuries. Why do I pick him out for a
page? Well, simply because I knew him, I liked him very much and
he told me an interesting, if hair-raising, anecdote from his
was born in 1902, one of nine children, all brought up in Rock
House at the top of Beeston
Mount. He worked, from the age of 14,
and for most of his life, with The Bollington Printing Co. Ltd.
based at Oak
Bank mill (where Hamson Drive is
today). After 50 years with the company he was presented with a
At one point he was
a sales representative selling studs - collar studs and cuff
links - to the trade. That was in the days when men, including
the so called working classes, wore shirts with removable collars.
The studs were mounted on cards for retail display in barber's
and hardware shops.
I got to know him in the late 1970s as a fine old gentleman. We
frequently met in the Crown Inn and shared a few pints.
Donald married Stella Ogden. In the 1960s they took the Dog & Partridge
Inn. He was known for his good humour and long hours - this was
a pub that was often open right through the night! And the police
station was next door, in fact the Bridewell [jail] was in the
back yard of the pub! See
below for D&P
died in 1987 while living at Shrigley Court.
The anecdote that will remain with me always concerned the building
of the 'new' chimney at Oak Bank mill printing works. This
chimney was built in 1912 and was around 200 feet high. During
its construction it was clothed in scaffolding and ladders. One
weekend, when the site was deserted, the 10 year old Donald, together
with one of his sisters, climbed to the very top of the scaffolding
to play! The very thought sends shivers down the spine.
Donald's granddaughter continues to live in Bollington today (2017).
Donald's father was Joseph Stewart and from 1900 he and his family
lived at Rock Cottage in Beeston Mount. Indeed, members of the
family lived there until 2000, 100 years in total! Donald was
the youngest of eleven children, two dying in infancy.
Stories from the ether ...
My thanks go to those who researched and discovered the history
that is presented in these pages, in particular Linda Bester,
Donald & Stella's grand-daughter, who has provided most of the
information on this page. Please
read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.
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