|Albert Road was constructed in the 19th century when Lowerhouse mill developed to the point where Moss Brow was no longer capable of handling the amount of traffic. Lowerhouse mill needed a better road that would provide more level access to other mills in Bollington. This straight almost level road connecting Lowerhouse with Wellington Road was the answer. It was paid for partly by public subscription. A stone record of this can be seen in the wall in front of the first building on the right past the junction with Riverbank Close (see below).|
Approach off Wellington Road.
Leads to Riverbank Close, Calder Close, Hartley Green, Oliver Close, Greg Avenue, Moss Brow, Moss Lane, Ridley Road, Woodlea Drive, Lowerhouse Mill, Dean Bank Close, Lowerhouse Road, CEC amenity centre.
This is a busy street with housing at both ends and two primary schools, Dean Valley and St Gregory’s, the Scout Hut, the fire station and an industrial site along its length. Work began in October 2006 to build a further industrial site behind Lowerhouse Mill. However, this was abandonned and, despite much opposition, planning applications were subsequently approved to develop housing on both sides of the road to the waste collection site. Building work began on the west side in 2017.
|The memorial stone (left) records that the road was built in 1868 and that four fifths of the cost was raised by public subscription.|
This old map shows Lowerhouse and Henshall Road, the main road from Bollington Cross to the rest of Bollington. Access to Lowerhouse is by Moss Brow – there was once no Albert Road!
The Civic Society have been, for many years, pressing Cheshire East Council to make Lowerhouse into a Conservation Area. In 2017 plans are progressing to add Lowerhouse to the Bollington Cross Conservation Area.
The links are all to the Historic England web site.
Lowerhouse Mill Cottage, Albert Road; II, Formerly a farmhouse and barn, now 2 houses: 17thC. Not publicly accessible.
Parish boundary stone; II, in fields north of Lowerhouse Mill, early 19thC. Not publicly accessible.
Parish boundary stone; II, in fields northeast of Lowerhouse Mill, early 19thC. Not publicly accessible.