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Greenfield or Greenfield House is an upstanding detached Victorian house on Grimshaw Lane. It was occupied for many decades in 20th century by the Cumberbirch family.

The first mention is of Harold Cumberbirch in the 1914 Kelly`s Directories. Below are photographs taken over those years mainly in the garden of Greenfield. 


Above, John, Gerald and Arthur Lashford grandsons of Harold and Cissy Cumberbirch and Great Grandsons of Fanny Cooke-Henstock in the gardens of Greenfield around early 1960`s

Above, Back left to right…. Fanny Cooke-Henstock. Cissy Cumberbirch, Harold Cumberbirch.

Front left to right… Gerald Cumberbirch and Mary Cumberbirch, and dog Peter.

Above, Left to right… Mary, Gerald, Harold and Cissy Cumberbirch. Fanny Cooke-Henstock 

Above is Mary Cumberbirch standing and Lilly Braithwaite 1928

Above, Harold Cumberbirch on the grass tennis court at Greenfield.

Above, Left to right… Arthur Lashford, John Lashford and their father Reg Lashford taken in the morning room at Greenfields in the 1960`s

Above, front left to right .. Betty Henstock, Gerald Cumberbirch and Norah Henstock. Harold Cumberbirch behind.

Above Cissy Cumberbirch in the tennis court at Greenfield 1930

Above In 1950 in the front garden of Greenfield, a little blurred but the Jevington can be seen in the background. The three figures are  Cissy Cumberbirch on the left, Harold Cumberbirch centre and Mrs Braithwaite on the right.

Above Harold and Cissy Cumberbirch and Harold`s brother Hedley in the 1940`s

Above Mrs Jessiman and Mr Reg Lashford in 1965

The Cumberbirch family sold the house to Dr Baker in 1967.

The Bakers sold Greenfield in 1980 to Thorneycrofts.


Census results:

1891. William Belfield lived at Greenfield House as it was named then. He was thirty nine years old and a cashier and salesman for a cotton mill. He was from Macclesfield. His wife Elizabeth was thirty four years old and from Prestbury. They had three Bollington born children Edith aged 13 years, Mabel aged 9 years and William aged 3 years.

1897. Maria Oliver nee Creswick lived here as a widow of Thomas Oliver born 1821. It is unsure if Thomas lived here too up until his death in 1897.


Our thanks go to Linda Stewart, who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.

And special thanks go to Arthur and John Lashford who provided most of the photos and descriptions above.