Hurst Lane

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Hurst LaneOne of the original country lanes of the district, Hurst Lane wends its way up the hill from Palmerston Street at the library to Kerridge.

Approach off Palmerston Street, Grimshaw Lane.

Leads to Greenbank Drive, Highfield Road, Poplar Drive, Ward Avenue, Gleave Avenue.

Nearest shops - Greenfield Road, Palmerston Street.

Nearest pubs - Dog & Partridge, Bull's Head at Kerridge.

Council Ward - From Palmerston Street to the canal bridge, Central; from the canal bridge to Grimshaw Lane, east side, Central, west side, East.

Google street view does not extend up the unadopted road that contains 28 - 34 Hurst Lane.

At the time of writing the Google map shows the street between Grimshaw Lane and Chancery Lane to be Hurst Lane. This is not correct - it should all be Grimshaw Lane. Magnify (+) the map (left) to see this.

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The middle part of the street is without pavements. Many of the properties along this strech are being upgraded and having improvements made to their front gardens.

Aqueduct Cottage, Hurst LaneThe bottom part of the street is known by the older members of the community as School Brow. This comes from the fact that the large Sunday School used to stand where the Library and Civic Hall are today. Thanks to those who emailed to remind me of this one! See Brows.

The top of School Brow was probably re-located when the Macclesfield Canal was constructed in the late 1820s - certainly the section adjacent to the canal bridge. Aqueduct Cottage (left) was once the Navigation Inn. There are stables beneath to overnight the canal horses. The canal wharf used to be a timber yard. The Needham family operated here for more than 80 years. This site was owned by Canal & River Trust, who manage the canal network, and they have sold it for re-development with six houses which are being built in 2016/17.

Towards the top of the lane there are two notable old properties, Hollin Old Hall and Hurst House.

The name Hurst comes from Hyrst which in olden times meant a wooded hill. One can imagine this as part of the Macclesfield Forest which, in the Middle Ages, included the Bollington area.

Listed buildings

The external links are to the Images of England web site provided by Historic England.

Macclesfield Canal bridge no.27 under Hurst Lane; II, built c.1830, William Crosley, Engineer.

Parish boundary stone: II, in the wall at Ivy House, late 18thC, early 19thC.