Thanks to those whose research made these pages possible
We wish to offer the fullest acknowledgement to the Bollington Civic Society Historical Group who spent many years in the 1970s, 80s and 90s researching the history of Bollington, its people, its mills and other industries. The principle historians were George Longden, Molly Spink (who is still active) and Roger Bowling. They were supported by James Hough, Christabel Burgess, G R Alexander, Geoff Coe, Brenda King, David King, A Fearnhead and others. Further later work was carried out by George Longden for the Kerridge Ridge & Ingersley Vale project. We, the people of Bollington, owe them a great debt of thanks for collecting and preserving our historical heritage!
One of their greatest achievements was the collection of more than 5,000 historically important pictures which were so generously donated by the people of Bollington – indeed they are still passing to us most interesting and valuable pictures and documents today (if you have something of interest please see this page). The late Dr John Coope was instrumental in both setting up the Historical Group (as part of his already established Civic Society) and in encouraging the residents of the town, most of whom were his patients, to search out and make available their pictures. These pictures have been digitised and are available for all to search, view and enjoy at the Discovery Centre (a Bollington Civic Society project).
A selection of the history gleaned by this group, together with some of the pictures, were published in various books. Most are now out of print but one, Looking Back at Bollington, has been reprinted and is available at the Discovery Centre or by mail order. The high cost of republishing these books has prevented the Civic Society from making more available. However, the internet and the Happy Valley web site provide an affordable means of making the material available to a wider public.
I also acknowledge the work of the Wilmslow Historical Society Industrial Archaeology Group who researched the cotton industry in Bollington and published their findings in Cotton Town, Bollington and the Swindells family in the 19th Century. I regret that the last of these has now been sold but copies do occasionally turn up on eBay.
Much of the historical information exhibited in these pages comes from the researches of those mentioned above with additional material from a wide variety of people, both town residents and those who have moved away, and from correspondents who have taken an interest in the web pages and provided their own information. Very many thanks to them all. The history of Radion’s Ltd. was researched and written by Ian Macwhirter to whom I am most grateful for permitting its publication here.
If your society or social group would like a presentation on the subject of Bollington history, lavishly illustrated by pictures from the archive, then please contact the Discovery Centre . Presentations are available on any date and at any time of day subject only to availability of a presenter. All we ask is a donation to the Discovery Centre of about £1 per head of audience.
History walks around interesting parts of Bollington can also be arranged, day time or evening, for interested groups, length to suit your requirements, please contact the Discovery Centre .