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Boundary Stones

There are several old boundary stones (or boundary markers) around Bollington, marking the original boundaries of Bollington with Rainow, Kerridge, Shrigley and Prestbury. It is believed that Bollington’s boundary hasn’t changed since at least the 13thC. The example pictured above is a boundary stone, on which the letters ‘K’, ‘B’ and ‘R’ are inscribed on three faces, indicating that it is positioned at the junction of the boundaries of Kerridge, Bollington and Rainow.

Boundary stones are marked as ‘B.S.’ on old maps such as those from the National Library of Scotland. Most have now been lost sadly. Of those that still exist in and around Bollington, most are Grade II listed, including:

  • Parish boundary stone; in fields north of Lowerhouse Mill, early 19thC. Not publicly accessible. Below is Lowerhouse West Boundary Stone, photo by Tim Matthews.
  • Parish boundary stone; in fields northeast of Lowerhouse Mill, early 19thC. Not publicly accessible. Below is Lower House Mill East Boundary Stone and the photo to the right of it shows how close the West and East Boundary Stones are.Photos by Tim Matthews.
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  • Parish boundary stone; in field hedge east of Cow Lane (pictured above), 18th/19thC stone marking junction of boundaries between Bollington, Rainow, and Kerridge. Not publicly accessible.
  • Boundary stone, Ingersley Road; in the wall opposite the Poachers Inn on Ingersley Road, early 19thC.
  • Parish boundary stone; close to the barn at Sowcar Farm, c.early 19thC. Not publicly accessible. There is a further stone on a field edge not far from this parish stone which has not been listed.
  • Parish boundary stone, Shrigley Road; 18thC. The original stone was seriously damaged in a road accident and has been replaced in June 2009 with a new and larger stone bearing the same inscription as the original – S (Shrigley) on one face, B (Bollington) on the other. The stone stands at an angle to the road because the boundary crosses the road at that angle!
  • Parish boundary stone; in fields northeast of Nab, c.18th/19thC. Not publicly accessible.
  • Parish boundary stone; in fields east of Long Lane, north of industrial estate. c.18th/19thC. Not publicly accessible.
  • Parish boundary stone; on Long Lane and adjacent to entrance to industrial estate. c.18th/19thC. Not publicly accessible.
  • Photo below by Tim Matthews
  • Estate boundary stone; dividing two quarries on Kerridge Hill, 1830. Not publicly accessible.
  • Parish boundary stone: in the wall at Ivy House (now called Marksend House), Kerridge Road, Marksend, late 18thC, early 19thC. See photo below by Tim Matthews.
  • The following photos are taken by Tim Matthews who has kindly allowed me to use them.
  • (Left) Located at Sunny View at the corner of the recreational ground      At no 1 Moss Brow.
  • (Left)Located off Well Field Henshall Road                  At the top of High Street.(photo left)
  • (left) Adlington Road Boundary Stone.                                (left) Clarence Pond Boundary Stone.
  • (left) Situated in Nab Woods.                                      (left) Boundary Stone at the entrance to Nab Works.
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  • Above photo is by Tim Matthews and is on the west side of the wall between Walkers Bottoms and Heathcoat’s slaughterhouse field off Shrigley Road. Good condition with a B visible, and presumably an S is on the wall-facing side.
  • The map to the left shows where all the boundary stones are.
  • If you want to click on them then follow this link http://tinyurl.com/bolly-boundary 
  • The following photo is contributed by David Atkinson.
  • (left) This stone is located north of Waterhouse Farm above the Entrance to Garden Street.

Most links in the listed items are to the Images of England web site provided by Historic England (HE).

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