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The Mount

This fine country house was built by Philip Antrobus and passed on to Samuel Greg.

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 (below) written on 20th January 1900 just as he was inheriting the estate from his niece Amy Greg. ‘Mr Turner’ was Mr Isaac Turner, head gardener. His grand-daughter, the late Mary Houghton, lived in Bollington Cross, 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 …

One of Amy’s many beautiful watercolours

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 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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