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Bollington Cross

Boll CrossBuildings along Henshall Road and Bollington Road, through Turner Heath, mark the old stone part of this end of town. However, the majority of houses are relatively modern – 20thC – arranged in two large estates, based on South West Avenue and Ovenhouse Lane, which are actually adjacent to each other. There was very little industry other than agriculture in Bollington Cross – no quarries but there was a tannery and small mill at or near Turner Heath House. Little is known of this and its location has never been established.

The cross is marked today by the new stone cross erected for the millennium (left). The stone was quarried from Bridge Quarry, Kerridge, on the side of Kerridge Hill. Mrs. Doreen Earl fashioned it on her computer controlled stone dressing machine into the beautiful monument you see today. The embellishments are not carved but sand blasted.

Notable sites include Bollington Cross School; St. Oswald’s Church; the Cock & Pheasant inn (the only one at this end of the town); Turner Heath House, the new cross (pictured left) and The Mount (care home in Flash Lane).

There is a very strong desire locally to maintain a green strip between Bollington Cross and Tytherington – Bollington is very certain that it does not want it`s individuality and identity to be subsumed by the urban sprawl that is Macclesfield.

For more information about the individual streets that make up Bollington Cross see the Streets pages.

History.

There has been speculation for many years as to where The Cross actually stood. Below is one possibility.

And below that is a map showing otherwise.

Above is a map of Bollington Cross from 1871. Click on to enlarge.

The site of the Cross is not as described in the previous picture. It is sighted about 50 meters east.