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Orchard House

Orchard House ….  

7 BOLLINGTON ROAD (north side)

Grade 2 listed.

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.
Listing NGR: SJ9221077242   


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

1906 Richard Knowles was living at Orchard House according to the Kelly`s Directory.

1911. The Knowles family in more detail are, Richard Ernest Knowles aged thirty nine 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 1 to 6 years all born in Bollington. They had 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. Awarded 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 here aged forty six years, he was a Research Director of Textiles. He lived with his wife Mary and two daughters and one servant

1965 Orchard house was occupied by Mr and Mrs R H Renton who began the Bollington Art Group there in this year.They moved to Kerridge Hill in 1970.

The house was 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.


`He Died For Freedom And Honour`.This plaque is hidden behind a mirror above a fireplace in Orchard House with Arthur Rigby`s name upon it.


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