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Brook House

A handsome double-fronted Victorian house and outbuilding, Brook House at 53 Wellington Road (previously called Bollington Road) was built around 1860, in stone with Stucco render.

The relevant census entries indicate the following:

1871: William Oliver (aged 45), a cotton manufacturer born in Bollington. His wife Catherine (43) was born in Devon. They lived together with their 4 children and 2 servants.

1881: William Oliver still living in Brook House with his wife Catherine, with 2 children and 2 servants.

1891: William King from Manchester lived at Brook House , he was 56 and was a Calico Bleacher who was “out of business”. He lived with his wife Annie (56) from Warrington and Mary their 17 year old daughter.

1901: David William Main lived here (aged 30). He was born in Liverpool to Scottish parents (his father Robert was a Corn Clerk, later a Book Keeper). David himself was a physician and surgeon. His wife Wilhelmina was 30. They had no children at this point. They had one servant.

1911: David William Main still lived here with his wife Wilhelmina, by now they had 2 sons Donald 8 and Ewan 5. There were also 3 servants.

In 1939 a dance teacher Rhoda Dawson (aged 25) lived at Brook House with her husband Jack Broomhead. He was 32 and worked as a gas works manager. Rhoda was responsible for many marriages amongst Bollington couples who met regularly at her dance school in Brook House (including Linda Bester‘s own parents in 1955).

Today Brook House is divided into private residences.


Acknowledgements

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.