The land and building in Lowther Street were given during the 19thC by Lady Maud Lowther, second wife of Thomas Legh of Lyme Hall, who lived at one time at Shrigley Hall. It was given in Trust such that its purpose was for the education of local children. The Deed stated that if it should ever cease to be used for educational purposes ownership should default to the Crown Estate, and this is what happened in the late 1990s.
The extension on the west end (two below) is not shown in the architect’s original drawing (right) and appears to have been added later though we know it has been there a long time.
An attempt was made in 2007 by Bollington Initiative Trust (BIT) to acquire the building from the Crown Estate. Unfortunately this was frustrated by the 2008 economic downturn and the attempt was abandonned.
In 2011 the Crown Estate sold the site and the buyer obtained planning permission to restore the building and divide it into two houses, and to build two additional cottages in the playground to the left of the existing building.
The front perimeter wall has particularly unusually shaped and rather beautiful coping stones, a curve up the face which is reflected in the shape of, and within, the gate. The gate post tops are also particularly attractive. Regrettably, since the picture (below left), was taken one of these tops has been stolen. If you just happen to know where this item is please return it or let us know where it is.
The building has now been re-developed into two domestic premises. A further cottage has been built in the playground. The cottage has been very well built to precisely emulate the adjacent terrace – most who do not know this think it is one of the original cottages.