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Elm House, 8 and 10 Bollington Road


Elm House at 12 Bollington Road was better known to locals as Chadwicks in the mid 1930s and upto 1948 as there was a doctors surgery here run by the husband and wife team Drs`Chadwicks.

There were originally three houses here, numbers 8, 10 and 12. Number 8 was demolished many years ago by local builder Ken Lomas and made into a garden. Number 10 is the white fronted house in this photograph attached to number 12, it has had an extension set back somewhat from the road in 2014 and is where number 8 once was.

Built around 1830, Elm House is a Georgian grade II listed building. This two storey house is built in a Flemish Bond brick pattern, has two brick chimneys and a Welsh slate roof. It has an asymmetrical three-bay front. The upper window, central bay is now bricked up, possibly due to the re introduction of Window Tax in 1851.

In 1901 John Charles Etchells aged forty two from Manchester was living at Elm House, he was a Mechanical Engineer. He was also the treasurer of the Bollington Cross Sunday School Guarantee Fund. His wife Jessie also aged forty two was also from Manchester. They had four children between 8 and 15 years and had one servant.

In 1906 Elm House was a private residence for Tom Witt and family. Photographs can be found in http://bollingtonphotos.co.uk/ of the Witt family in the garden.

Tom Witt playing a ukulele? In Elm House 1906


Postcard above from 1906 of Elm House.                                        Elm House today 2019 showing where Kingsway is now

Kingsway appears around 1930 


In 1911 the Claye family lived at Elm House. Herbert Sandford Claye aged fifty was the Macclesfield Courier proprietor. He and wife Annie aged forty six had three children living with them. They had one servant, Beatrice Skirman aged thirty six from Buxton. Visiting them at this time was Venable Alfred Neild, Archdeacon of Dunedin in New Zealand.

1926 Frank and Ethel Green lived at number 10 according to the Polling District West Ward records.

Elm House was later occupied in 1939 by Doctor John William Chadwick and his wife Doctor Olga Gill Chadwick and was used as a doctors surgery. Dr John’s father Daniel, a retired engineer, also lived with them. They had a servant, Alice Scotson and her retired mother Mary also living there at this time. And later a maid called Jessie I am told .Dr John Chadwick retired when the NHS began in 1948.

The Mottershed family bought numbers 10 and 12  Bollington Road at an auction around 1981. They had a shoe shop in number 10 and lived in number 12. And later number 10 became an off licence and video shop. By 1989 the shop also had the odd groceries in too such as bread. In 1983 some land adjacent to Kingsway off the back garden of Elm House was sold off and two houses were built there. A few years later numbers 10 and 12  were separated and number 10 was sold to a company who sold Persian rugs from there. This business is still trading in a unit in Clarence Mill

So for many years number 10 and number 12 were ‘the same place / connected’. 

Elm House number 12 is now used as an architect’s office although it has just been sold at the time of writing (12/2018).

Update, number 12 is now a 

Number 10.

There is very little census information on it but in 1911 John James Parrott , a Wheelwright aged thirty two years from Macclesfield lived at number 10 with his wife Martha Ann thirty four years and three sons aged 10 months to 4 years.  

And in 1939 number 10 was occupied by David Spilsbury aged seventy four who was a gardener, and his daughter Maud Spilsbury aged fifty six a Charwoman (which was a cleaner not a maid) 

Number 8 

1911 was occupied by Robert Thompson aged thirty four, he was a cotton spinner from Bollington. His wife Minnie was also aged thirty four and from Bollington. She was a cotton weaver. They had one son, 2 year old Kenneth-William. Minnie`s mother Ellen ( surname unreadable) also lived at number 8 with them, she was a midwife at this time at the age of fifty eight years.

1926 The Hilton’s lived at number 8. they were John senior and junior, Elizabeth Jane and Wilfred.

1939 number 8 was still occupied by widow Elizabeth Hilton aged seventy four and John Hilton junior her son aged forty two years, he was a silk spinner.

It is not clear what year number 8 was demolished.


The historical information on this page about the construction of the house is taken from the Historic England website. Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.