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Orchard House

7 BOLLINGTON ROAD (north side) Originally named Manor House.

Originated as a farmhouse built in the early 17th century, with alterations to the façade in the early 20th century. It is built in sandstone and has a welsh slate roof. The house is in two and a half story’s, nearly symmetrical and has a three bay front. The outer bays contain two-story caned bay windows. Above these are half dormers with coped gables and ball finials.


1901: If this house was also the Vicarage then the occupiers were Clergyman Mosley Leyland Batlie or Baylis aged thirty one years and from Worcester and wife Mary Frances aged twenty five years and from Warrington along with one servant.

1906: Richard Knowles was living at Orchard House according to Kelly’s Directory.

1911: The Knowles family in more detail were, Richard Ernest Knowles aged thirty nine years and was a cotton merchant from Broughton in Lancashire. His wife Dorothy was thirty one years old and was from London. They had three daughters aged from one to six years old and all born in Bollington. There servants consisted of one cook and a domestic nurse. It is thought Richard Knowles referred to Orchard House as the ‘Manor House’ at this time.

1918: Charles Henry Haigh was living at Orchard House. However, listed on Bollington Photos Archives is a photograph of James and Bessie Barnshaw saying they lived there in 1918

1923: William Lawrence Balls (below) 1882-1960 lived at Orchard House for three years. He was a Doctor Of Science and was awarded a CBE 1934. He was given an Honorary Fellowship of the Textile Institute in 1943 and appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1944. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 1953.

Below is an extract from Royal Society Publishing, click on images to enlarge. 


1939: Francis Slater lived at Orchard House, he was forty six years old and was a Research Director of Textiles. He lived with his wife Mary, two daughters and one servant.

1955: or later Orchard house was occupied by Mr & Mrs R H Renton who began the Bollington Art Group, mainly Mrs Renton better known as Binky. They moved to Kerridge Hill in 1970.

The house was later bought by Graham and Ann Farrell who only lived in it for a short time and then sold it to the King family.

David King, a dentist, bought Orchard House in 1977 and for four years he had his surgery there in the two front rooms before moving to it’s current position on Bollington Road. The plaque (below) is known as a dead man’s penny. These were issued to the families of those who died in WWI. The dead man’s name, in this example Arthur Rigby, was displayed in the rectangle above the lion’s head. It is not known who Arthur Rigby was, he does not appear on any local war memorial.

‘He Died For Freedom And Honour’. This plaque is set into a wall in Orchard House with Arthur Rigby’s name upon it.

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  Orchard House, 7 Bollington Road; II, Formerly a farmhouse, now a house: early 17thC, with early 20thC alterations to the façade. 


Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents. Also many thanks to the late Brenda King for allowing access to Orchard House.

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