Here are two pictures of Rock Cottage, Bollington, (built between 1844 and 1858), on Beeston Mount, Bollington, the first from about circa 1905, and the second from 2015. The first picture is of the Stewart family with Joseph Stewart the head of the family at the centre, together with his wife Fanny, and their nine children Gordon & Hedley Stewart , William, Robert, Donald Audley Stewart, Connie, Doris, Beattie and Norman. The second picture is of Linda Stewart great-grand-daughter of Joseph Stewart, and grand-daughter of Donald Stewart. Donald Stewart and his wife Stella ran the Dog & Partridge inn for a few years in the 1960s. Members of the Stewart family lived in Rock Cottage until 1987 (the last being Doris Stewart).
Follow the family tree, start with Joseph Stewart
1871: The Holden family lived at Rock Cottage at this time. George Holden was a cotton spinner. He lived with his wife Emme, sister-in-law Annie, daughter Ethel and two servants.
1881: William Longworth now lived there with wife Betsy, three daughters and a son.
1891: The Census indicates that Joseph Harrison lived at Rock Cottage with his wife Karen and one daughter.
1901: The Stewart family family lived in Rock Cottage.
1911: The Stewart family were all still in Rock Cottage.
1939: Only three Stewarts are still living at Rock Cottage at this time. They were the mother Fanny and two daughters Doris and Connie Stewart Siblings. Fanny and Connie both died three years later. Doris stayed at Rock Cottage for many more decades on her own.
Rock cottage is the two storey house facing down to the photographer, almost central.
Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.