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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. There are two stones just a few metres apart, this is the west stone. Not publicly accessible. 

Photo Tim Matthews.

Parish boundary stone; in fields north of Lowerhouse mill, early 19thC. This is the east stone. Not publicly accessible. 

Photo Tim Matthews.

This picture shows both Lowerhouse mill Parish boundary stones showing how close together they are.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Parish boundary stone; in field hedge east of Cow Lane, 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.

Estate boundary stone; dividing two quarries on Kerridge Hill, 1830. Not publicly accessible.

Photo by Tim Matthews.

Parish boundary stone: in the wall at Ivy House (now called Marksend House), Kerridge Road, Marksend, late 18thC, early 19thC. Marks boundary between Kerridge and Higher Hurdsfield.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Located at Sunny View at the corner of the cottage gardens in the Recreation Ground.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Boundary stone at no. 1 Moss Brow.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Boundary stone located off Well Field, Henshall Road.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Stone at the top of High Street marks boundary between Bollington and Kerridge.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Stone in Adlington Road / Sugar Lane marks the Bollington boundary with Adlington.

Photo Tim Matthews.

Clarence Pond boundary stone.

Photo Tim Matthews. 

 

Boundary stone situated in Nab Woods.

Photo Tim Matthews. 

Boundary stone 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.

Photo Tim Matthews.

This boundary stone is located north of Waterhouse Farm, Garden Street.

Photo by David Atkinson.

The map to the left shows where all the Bollington Parish boundary stones are. Click map for larger version.

Most links in the listed items are to the Images of England web site provided by Historic England (HE). Clicking on pictures will provide a larger version.

Google map.