Formerly two cottages, now a house, Briar Cottage at 4 Clarke Lane was first built in 1630. It was Grade II listed in 1983. Briar Cottage is built in sandstone, and has a roof in Kerridge stone-slate with a stone ridge. The house is in two storeys, and has a three-bay front, the two right bays projecting slightly forward. The windows are mullioned.
The relevant census entries indicate the following:
1861: Mary Barlow lived at Briar Cottage. She was 27 and from Sheffield, she lived with her 12 year old brother and 2 others.
1891: James Lane (aged 61), single, from Adlington (Cheshire), lived here. He was a general labourer. He lived with his brother William (aged 47) from Butley, sister-in-law Ann (aged 48) and six nephews and one niece. In 1861 James Lane lived at Dumbah Lane cottages with his widowed mother Elizabeth (from Cheadle), brother William and 4 siblings. He was recorded then as being an agricultural labourer. (Interestingly, in the census of 1871, James Lane and family apparently lived at Butley Lane, then back to Dumbah Lane in 1881, before moving to Briar Cottage in 1891).
1901: James (now aged 71) is still living at Briar Cottage with his brother William, and William’s wife Ann, and her mother Mary Shaw, and 5 nephews.
1911: James was still here aged 81, with his family, although only two nephews still at home. He was recorded as a retired gamekeeper at this time. Click on the photo to enlarge.
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.