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1871: Richard Kenyon aged thirty years was a colour mixer at a printworks. He was originally from Rochdale in Lancashire. His wife Ellen was thirty three years old and was born in Bollington. They had two daughters Alice and Mary ages three years and eight months respectively and were both born in Bollington.

1881: James Gratton aged forty eight years was living with his wife Helen aged forty two years at Sowcar Cottage. James was a joiner and builder, both were originally from Macclesfield. They had one daughter, twenty year old Martha E. born in Bollington and not in employment. Helen`s sister Elizabeth Barton aged sixty five years and from Macclesfield was also living with the Gratton family. 

1891: Timothy Jepson (died 1939) and his wife Hannah (died 1933) were living at Sowcar Cottage in this year. Timothy was aged thirty three years and was born in Pott Shrigley. He was employed as a colour mixer. Hannah was thirty eight years old and originated from Ashton Under Lyme in Lancashire.

1901: Kelly`s Directory lists Andrew Worrall as resident at Sowcar Cottage in this year and was still there in 1909 on the Electoral Roll. However on the 1901 census Samuel Oldfield and his family were listed as living at Sowcar. Samuel was a coal miner from Pott Shrigley. He was fifty years old. His wife Jemima was fifty seven years old and was born in Scotland. They had four daughters and one son living with them. The eldest was Margaret who was eighteen years old. She was a silk card room hand. Her sister Ethel was two years younger and was a silk doubler. The only son was Samuel aged fourteen years, he was a joiners apprentice however by the next census in 1911 he was an attendant at Parkside asylum in Macclesfield. Lucy was twelve years old and still at school as was her youngest sister Edith who was nine years old. All the children were born in Rainow apart from the youngest Edith, she was born in Bollington.

1931: William Leonard Jamieson and presumably his wife Violet Amy were living at Sowcar Cottage according to the Electoral Rolls.

1939: Harold Clarke aged forty three years was living at Sowcar Cottage, he was a Colour man at a paper mill. He lived with his wife Jane E. who was two years younger than him. There was also a thirteen year old niece staying with them during the summer holidays from boarding school. Her name was Patricia Sharpley, Patsy as she was known later married Mr Adamski a Langley silk manufacturer who`s mill is still operating today, now called Adamley Textiles (previously Parkadam). Adamley Textiles

1943: John H Sharpley MBE was at Sowcar Cottage. He had been awarded an MBE for 55 years of service.


Our thanks go specifically to Linda Stewart who has researched census and other information to present an interesting history of local people and properties.

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