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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. Click on the photo 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 ​2½ storeys, and has a six-bay front. Some windows are mullioned, others are sashes or casements. To the left of the house are a 19th-century stable and a former steam-driven electric generator house.
The relevant census entries indicate the following:

1851: Thomas Welsh (aged 57) from Edgewood (Lancashire) was a publican, he lived with his wife Deborah (aged 62) from Middlesex and Thomas (aged 58) her brother in law. Also 2 grandchildren aged 5 and 10, and one servant from Derbyshire.

1861: listed as the Barley Mow Inn, it was occupied by John Pownall (aged 50) a ‘farmer of 6 acres and Inn keeper’ from Bollington with his wife Margaret (aged 55) from Adlington Cheshire, and their family.

1871: Margaret Hammond lived there as a ‘companion’, also Lydia and Ellen and Mary Hammond listed as boarders yet only aged 11 and 12 and 9. There were also 4 servants.

1878: Miss Sally Greg (a farmer) lived there.

1881: Isabel Hervey (whose occupation was ‘Dividends of Rents’, aged 47) living with her sister Rosamand 30, both from Manchester. They had 3 servants – 2 were from Shropshire and one from Middlesex.

Isabel and Rosamund, along with a third sister, Violet, were from a very wealthy family. Robert Hervey, born in Scotland, was a merchant manufacturing chemist and, before the sisters moved to Barley Grange, lived at Lee Hall at Mottram and Collar House, Prestbury. They weren’t at Barley Grange in 1891 but were both living down south separately and living on their own means, with servants.

Although the two sisters surnames were Hervey, they both were listed as being married on the 1881 census when they were at Barley Grange. On the later census returns, when they lived down south, they were widowed. All the sisters and their mother, Jane, were born in Manchester.

1891: Frank Railton (aged 32) from Manchester lived there on his own means with his wife Maud (aged 23) from Alderley Edge. They have no children at this point. 3 servants live there all from Cheshire.

1901: Francis Frederick Grafton (aged 41), a retired calico printer from Manchester and wife Lilian Suzanna Gaskill Grafton (aged 34) from Skipton, lived there, together with daughter Alison (6), son Richard (4 months) and 4 servants.

The Graftons, although not on the 1891 census, were definitely there in 1894 as there was a birth announcement made in a London Newspaper.

Finally the 1911 census tells us Francis Frederick Grafton still lived at Barley Grange. It lists him as married but his wife is not present at this time. He has 3 servants (who came from Lancashire, Derbyshire and Rutland).

Richard Knowles lived here in 1915.

In 1937, Thomas Skelmerdine (aged 42) lived at Barley Grange. He was a major, and lived with his wife Helen and two other adults George and Ellen (possibly parents).


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