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Hollin Old Hall

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1897 map showing Hollinhall Farm (Hollin Old Hall) and Hollin Hall

Also known as Old Hollin Hall. This building off Grimshaw Lane was formerly a hall and then a farmhouse named Hollinhall Farm (click on map image to enlarge). Nowadays it is divided into two houses. The core is C17 with additions in the C18 including raising the roof. These alterations were done for Richard Broster born 1770 in Bollington and died in 1817. In the cellar is a large slab reading "This must stand here forever, Richard Broster 1757". Perhaps this was referring to his father. There is a story about this which goes as follows …. `There is a good story about Hollin Old Hall – in 1745 (there was conflict with the Scots going on) it is said that a troop of soldiers were marching from Stockport to Macclesfield in charge of a wagon which was loaded with the King’s chest of money. The soldiers were very drunk by the time they got to Poynton and the weather was grim, being very foggy. At that point they came across ‘a local’ who offered to assist them with the wagon. Offer accepted, the said local took over the wagon and gradually overhauled the soldiers, leaving them some way behind in the fog. At the Legh Arms he turned smartly left and headed for his home at Hollin Old Hall, leaving the unwitting soldiers to continue to Macclesfield! We are not to know their destiny! The wagon arrived at Hollin Old Hall and the contents of the chest discovered! The whole lot was said to have been unloaded and hidden under a stone in the cellar and, no doubt, all other evidence disposed of. I wonder if this is what the stone referred to? I seem to recall that someone later had a look under the stone and found nothing. Of course, this could just be a story – but you never know!` Thank you webmaster Tim Boddington for that tale.

Later around 1870 the whole house was remodelled by the Ascoli family and split into two residences. Walter S Ascoli was still living there in 1934.

For full information on the house structure see the Historic England listing page.    


1878: John Williamson was resident.

1881: Joseph Brooke II 1836-1912 was forty five years old and listed as a cotton spinner when in fact he was a director at Clarence Mill, Joseph Brooke II. His wife Mary R was forty one years old and from Romiley. Their son Joseph R was twenty years old and was born in Prestbury. His brother Leonard aged eighteen and sister Mary E aged eleven years were both born in Wallasey. Joseph’s sister in law from Wallasey aged twenty eight years also lived at Hollin Old Hall, she was a school teacher. There was also one servant, twenty three year old Mary Bowers from Appleby, so there were three Marys’ in the house!  Joseph Brookes II was made Bankrupt in1886,see photo left

In the previous census of 1871 Joseph and his family lived at Hollin Hall. Joseph died in Chorlton at the age of Seventy Six.

1902 -1906: Charles Brunt a solicitor in his forties from Winton Majna(?) was living at Hollin Old Hall but by 1910 he had moved to Green Mount.

1910: William Hodgkinson lived at Hollin Old Hall.


Our thanks go specifically to Linda Stewart who has researched census and other information to present an interesting history of local people and properties.

Our thanks go to all those who researched and discovered the history that is presented in these pages. Please read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.

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