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Turner Heath House

Turner Heath House

This listed house was rebuilt in about 1780. It is constructed in brick, and has a Kerridge stone-slate roof with a stone ridge. The rear wall is in sandstone. The house is in three storeys, and has a three-bay front. At the top of the building is a fluted frieze under a projecting cornice. The doorway is flanked by ionic columns, and the windows are sashes[1].

When they first came to Bollington Samuel and Mary Greg (nee Needham of Nottingham) lived in Turner Heath House on Bollington Road. Francis Greg is listed as living here in the 1892 Kelly`s Directory.

The house is next door to Rookery which is where George Antrobus lived while he developed various mills in Bollington. When Philip Antrobus junior died in 1829 he left a small works at Turner Heath consisting of a warehouse, dye house, weaving shop, and steam engine. Samuel Greg, of Lowerhouse Mill, came to live at Turner Heath in 1832. He established the first Sunday School in an out-building and gave land for Bollington Cross school. In 1892, according to Kelly`s Directory, Sarwel (?) Arnold a shopkeeper lived in some part of Turner Heath(?)

And in 1896 John Alfred Wanklyn also lived here. Also listed is John Eardley who was a farmer.

1901: census William Bradley aged forty eight years a calico printer from Bollington lived with his wife Isabella Ann aged forty nine years from Liverpool. They had four daughters between fourteen and twenty nine years, all were cotton weavers.

Also on this census, on the very next page is another Turner Heath on the same road. Presumably one of them is Turner Heath Mill but it is not clear which is which. The occupiers of the second house were Harry Chadwick aged twenty nine years, a cotton weaver from Bollington, his wife Emily aged twenty eight also from Bollington and Arthur their one year old son. Also living there was Emily`s Mother and Brother Jane Stringer aged fifty seven years and Arthur James Stringer a blacksmith aged twenty six and from Bollington.

In the 1914 Kelly`s Directory Isaac Needham is registered as living at Turner Heath.

Dr David Fawkner Corbett (originally a doctor at South Park Surgery in Macclesfield and now living in Kent) and his wife Marion used to live at Turner Heath House and have allowed me to share the information he sent me as follows ….

`We lived there from 1979 to 1993. The high wall at the front had two old door entrances in the base. This wall collapsed whilst we lived there and was rebuilt. There was a pond with stone walls and steps down into it some 20 feet inside the wall which never flooded and never dried out. We presumed this was fed by a spring and used in the mill. On the mill end of the house (seen in the loft of the massive drawing room, which itself was built in ?1904) there was marking from the ridge of an old building. From this evidence it appeared that Turner Heath mill was right next to Turner Heath. The name Heath House was used for the other half when Turner Heath was divided into two properties. Dr Jean and  Dr John Coope MBE brought up their family at Turner Heath and held surgeries in the house to serve Bollington Cross patients. One of Samuel Greg’s children had scratched their name on a window pain of the first floor loo`

 
Thank you also to Richard Brimelow for putting Dr Fawkner Corbett in touch with me (Linda).

Reference

  1. Historic England – listing information.

    Acknowledgements

    Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.