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The Mount

This fine country house was built by Samuel Greg by 1846. It was positioned on the high ground to the southwest of Lowerhouse so that he could overlook his achievements.

During the 19thC the house seems to have been known simply as Mount. I am not sure when it became The Mount although that is the name given by Herbert Greg in a letter written on 20th January 1900 just as he was inheriting the estate from his niece Amy Greg (below). Mr Turner was Mr Isaac Turner, head gardener. His grand-daughter, Mary Houghton, lives in Bollington Cross to this day and I am indebted to her for providing the letter.

Isaac Turner’s gardens at the Mount as painted by Amy Greg in about 1898 …

In the 1930s and 40s The Mount was occupied by Kenneth Burrows, Deputy Chairman, Managing Director and Secretary of Manchester Collieries Limited in 1947, and his wife Margaret. He was also President of the Lancashire & Cheshire Coal Association. Another member of the family, Sir Robert Burrows, lived nearby at Bonis Hall. We are trying to trace members of the Burrows family.

Today The Mount is a Bupa retirement care home. In the years from 2003 Pam & Tony Lawton have worked very hard to restore various parts of the garden to the way they were before nature and a lack of care produced an overgrowth of foliage, and they have opened up many of the features of this delightful garden.

 

Acknowledgements

My thanks go to 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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