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Limefield House

Limefield House is a late Georgian house, situated on a hill near to Clarence Mill. It was built by Martin Swindells I in 1830 for Joseph Brooke and his first wife Anne Swindells. (Joseph Brooke later became a partner to Martin Swindells I). The house is constructed with Ashlar brown sandstone, with a Tuscan porch. It has a Welsh slate pyramidal roof and a large central stone chimney.

The relevant census entries indicate the following:

1851: Joseph Brooke still lived here but with a different wife Sarah (Dalton).

1861: Joseph Brooke is still here but with no wife. He has 3 children living with him (the youngest is 9), together with 5 servants.

1871: Joseph Brooke is still at Limefield with 3 adult offspring and 4 servants.

1878: Alfred Higgins lived at Limefield.

1891: the Alcock family (farmers) now live at Limefield. Possibly named Erick (from Congleton), aged 27, with wife Emily (from Newcastle-under-Lyme ), also aged 27, and their 3 yr old son. The mother Mary Ann (aged 66) also lived there, (originally from Rushton). Finally one farm servant.

Alfred J. King lived at Limefield in 1898. By 1901 census he was living at nearby Rock Bank House.

1901: Walton Aston lived at Limefield house (aged 39). He was an architect and surveyor and lived there with his wife Katherine and baby daughter (aged 3 weeks).

1906: R.B.Martin lived there. Also farmer Solomon Barber.

Leonard Haigh lived at Limefield in 1914. Private LEONARD HAIGH Army Service Corps M2/194141 was born 19 October 1880 at Prestwich, the son of Charles Henry Haigh and Alice Clara (formerly Paley) and was baptised at Prestwich 10 December 1880. He lived at Wilton Terrace, Prestwich in 1881, was at boarding school in Southport in 1891, visiting a family at Burnage Lane, Burnage in 1901, and was a cotton spinner visiting another family at Wood Lane Timperley in 1911. He married Eudora Mason 6 June 1912 at Timperley. He was a former England International Rugby player but developed double pneumonia while undergoing officer training at Woolwich and died 6 August 1916 aged 35. He was buried at Pott Shrigley and is named on the memorials at Bollington and St Oswald’s.


Acknowledgements

The historical information on this page about the construction of the house is taken from the Images of England website. The above photos were taken by Tim Boddington. Our thanks go to Linda Bester, who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.