Water Street

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Masters of the hanging basket!Part of the Historic Triangle, Water Street is almost entirely terraces of mill cottages.

Approach off Palmerston Street at the aqueduct or via High Street.

Leads to Hazelhurst Drive, Foundry Street, John Street.

Nearest shops - Palmerston Street.

Nearest pubs - Holly Bush, Spinners Arms.

Council Ward - Central.

Water Street is famed for its stunning displays of window boxes and hanging baskets in the summer months. The picture shows 61 Water Street, the winner of the Cottage category in the Civic Society's Bollington in Bloom 2005 and again in 2006.

Water Street Centre

The biggest building in the street is Water Street Centre, on the corner of Foundry Street, which has not been used as a school for very many years. It has recently been taken over by Bollington Initiative Trust (BIT)External link for community purposes.

Water Street shops

In 'the good old days' there used to be several shops in Water Street and these can often be identified by the frontages. The cottage to the right of the school was once a beer house - the Lord Nelson.

The war Memorial Gardens are located at the aqueduct end of the street. The first of the cottages here used to be a sweets and tobacco shop and still carries an enamel advertising panel above the door. This panel is protected by the Conservation Area status!

Conservation and listing


This street is in the Bollington Conservation Area. Numbers 1, 5, 7, 8-56, 11-35, 35A-49, 53-75, 75A and 77A, and 77-81 are subject to Article 4 Direction.

Conservation improvements

In 2007 considerable work has been undertaken to improve Water Street. Setts have been put in the side roads at junctions and in front of the memorial gardens, new heritage lamp standards have been installed and, most importantly, the roadway has been re-surfaced!

Listed buildings

See Listed Buildings page for notes regarding SPD properties

(SPD) Water Street School; A redundant 1846 Victorian Wesleyan School now used for
community purposes.