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Brook House

A handsome double-fronted Victorian house and outbuilding Brook House at 53 Wellington Road (previously called Bollington Road in the 1851 census and Bollington Lanes in 1861 census) was built around 1860 in stone with Stucco render. Brook House is protected by the CEC SPD. Prior to about 1775 the site was occupied by Peter Lomas and his brother Elias Lomas who jointly ran a tannery there.

The relevant census entries indicate the following:

1871: William Oliver forty five years old lived at Brook House. He was a cotton manufacturer and was born in Bollington. His wife Catherine aged forty three was born in Devon. They lived together with their four children and two servants.

1881: William Oliver is still living in Brook House with his wife Catherine and just two children and two servants.

1891: William King from Manchester lived at Brook House. He was fifty six years old and was a Calico Bleacher who was `out of business`. He lived with his wife Annie also fifty six and from Warrington and Mary their seventeen year old daughter.

1892: Kelly`s Directory lists Frederick G Hickson as living at Brook House.

1901: David William Main lived here aged thirty. He was born in Liverpool to Scottish parents (his father Robert was a Corn Clerk and later a Book Keeper). David himself was a physician and surgeon and a Medical Ministry Of Health to the Urban District Council (UDC)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_district_(Great_Britain_and_Ireland)  and also a Medical Officer. He was a public vaccination doctor for Bollington district and a certified factory surgeon. And he was a member of the Macclesfield Union. His wife Wilhelmina was also thirty years of age. They had no children at this point and had one servant. 

1911: David William Main still lived here with his wife Wilhelmina, by now they had two sons Donald 8 years and Ewan 5 years. There was also one servant and a gardener. At this time Dr David Main held a small surgery in Brook House before it moved next door to Waterhouse

1914 to 1926 at least: Thomas Conrad Reeve Medical Officer Of Health, LRCP London, MRCSEng

1924 The Coope family of doctors were living here for a while and Dr John Coope MBE was born here.

In 1939 a dance teacher Rhoda Dawson aged twenty five lived at Brook House with her husband Jack Broomhead. He was thirty two and worked as a gas works manager. Rhoda was responsible for many marriages among Bollington couples who met regularly at her dance school in Brook House (including Linda Stewart`s own parents in 1955).

Rhoda is buried in Pott Shrigley graveyard under her married name Rhoda Broomhead. Sadly later in life she lost her memories of her lovely dance school and all the pupils she had helped to find their future partners in life.

Today Brook House is divided into private residences.

I have been given the photos below to copy from Richard Brimelow who has also provided me with more information. They are photos of the Old Coach House which is next to Brook House. The photos were taken in 2005 before the Coach house was renovated and much of the outline was retained but everything renewed, the roof, windows, walls (regrouted) and doors. On one photo (lower left of the four) the wing of Brook House is shown.

 

 

 


Acknowledgements

Our thanks go to Linda Stewart, who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.