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 storey`s 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 twenty seven and from Sheffield, she lived with her twelve year old brother and two others.
1891: James Lane lived here aged sixty one. He was single and from Adlington (Cheshire). He was a general labourer and lived with his brother William aged forty seven from Butley, sister-in-law Ann aged forty eight 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 four 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 seventy one is still living at Briar Cottage with his brother William and William’s wife Ann and her mother Mary Shaw and five nephews.
1911: James was still here aged eighty one with his family, although only two nephews are still at home. He was recorded as a retired gamekeeper at this time.
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 Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.