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Barley Grange

Formerly a farmhouse and farm building, Barley Grange on Bollington Road is set back from the road at the brow of the hill behind a fine stone wall. At one time this was the Barley Mow pub (the licence is thought to have been given up in the late 1860s). These days it is a private dwelling, and is Grade II listed. https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1138993

Click on the photo (1910) to enlarge.

It was first constructed in the early 17th century, with alterations made in the late 18th century. Major additions were made in the late 19th century.

It is built in sandstone and has a roof in Kerridge stone-slate with a stone ridge. The house has a rectangular plan, is in ​two and a half storeys and has a six-bay front. Some windows are mullioned, others are sashes or casements. To the left of the house are 19th-century stables and a former steam-driven electric generator house.


 Barley Grange February 2019.


1851: Thomas Welch aged fifty seven years and from Edgewood in Lancashire was living at Barley Mow Inn as a publican. He lived with his wife Deborah from Middlesex aged sixty two years and Thomas aged fifty eight years who was her brother-in-law. Also two grandchildren aged five and ten years, and a servant from Derbyshire.

1861: Listed again as the Barley Mow Inn see Old Pubs and Breweries, it was now occupied by John Pownall aged fifty years and described as a ‘farmer of six acres and Inn keeper’ from Bollington, with his wife Margaret aged fifty five years and from Adlington Cheshire, and their family.

1871: Margaret Hammond was resident as a ‘companion’, also Lydia, Ellen and Mary Hammond listed as boarders yet only aged nine,eleven and twelve years. There were also four servants.

1878: Miss Sally Greg (a farmer) lived at Barley Grange. She was a daughter of Samuel Greg –Greg family of Lowerhouse Mill

1881: The occupants at this time were Isabel and Rosamund Hervey aged forty seven and forty two years respectively and were from a very wealthy family.The occupation of Isabel and Rosamund was Dividend Of Rents. Their father Robert Hervey, born in Scotland was a merchant manufacturing chemist. Although the two sisters surnames were Hervey they both were listed as being married on the 1881 census when they were at Barley Grange. They had three servants at this point from Middlesex, Shropshire and Flintshire and a visitor from Middlesex. On the later census returns, when they lived down south, they were both widowed. Before the sisters moved to Barley Grange they lived at Lee Hall in Mottram and Collar House in Prestbury. They weren’t at Barley Grange in 1891 but were both living down south separately and living on their own means with servants.

1891: Frank Railton aged thirty two years and from Manchester lived at Barley Grange and was described as living on his own means. His wife Maud aged twenty three years was originally from Alderley Edge. They had no children at this point. Three servants lived there and all were from Cheshire.

1901: Francis Frederick Grafton aged forty one years was a retired calico printer from Manchester and wife Lilian Suzanna Gaskill Grafton aged thirty four years from Skipton both lived at Barley Grange, together with one daughter Alison aged six years and one son Richard aged five months along with four servants.The Graftons were definitely living at Barley Grange in 1894 as there was a birth announcement of their child made in a London Newspaper. Francis provided the rustic bridge at Gnathole in 1903, sadly no longer there.

Rustic Bridge at Gnathole (recreation ground) built by Francis Frederick Grafton in 1903

1911: Francis Frederick Grafton still lived at Barley Grange. He is listed as married but his wife was not present at this time. He had three servants who came from Lancashire, Derbyshire and Rutland.

1915: Richard Knowles was resident at this house. He was a Calico Merchant from Lancashire and was aged thirty nine years. His wife Dorothy was thirty one years old and from Shepherds Bush. They had three daughters at this point aged between one and six years, all were born in Bollington. They also had two servants living with them.

In 1914 and 1926:  Miss Charlton is also listed as living at Barley Grange, perhaps she was a servant to Richard Knowles above.

In 1937: Thomas Skelmerdine aged forty two years lived at Barley Grange. He was a Major and lived with his wife Helen and two other adults George and Ellen (possibly parents).

Mid 1900s: The Ritson family lived at Barley Grange.

During the second world war Barley Grange was used as a rest home for pilots. Hidden behind a curtain or painting apparently on one wall are signatures of some of those who stayed there, among which I (Linda) am told there is a signature behind a painting on a wall of Wing Commander Guy Gibson who led the 617 squadron of The Royal Air Force on the bombing raids to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany. I hope to confirm this one day by being brave enough to knock on the door and ask!


The historical information on this page about the construction of the house is taken from the Historic England website. Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.

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