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1 Moss Brow , The Corner Shop.


1 Moss Brow better know once as The Corner Shop or Silcock`s. Photo left is in the 1960`s and the right photo is 2019

Built in 1771 with mid C19 alterations. Kerridge stone-slate roof with two chimneys, one brick and one stone. Coursed, squared buff sandstone rubble and sandstone dressings.Two story near symmetrical three bay south front.. All the front is a C19`alteration but has a rainhead inscribed RMW 1721, probably brought in.

Listing NGR: SJ9224177233

Above was taken around the early 1900`s whilst there were still gardens at the front of The Corner Shop. These were removed around 1930 at the same time as Kingsway was built.


1851 William Armitt a fifty eight year old Farmer of five acres lived here with his family. He was born in Mobberley. His wife Elizabeth of the same age was from Wilmslow. They had five grown-up children aged between twenty and twenty nine years, a niece aged twenty one years and a 10 year old grandson living with them.

1861 William Armitt is still at 1 Moss Brow but is a Shopkeeper as well as a farmer. He is widowed by now. Four children and three grandchildren all live with him.

1871 William Armitt junior aged fifty years was now head of the house and listed as Farmer Of Five acres, no mention of the shop. He has a younger wife Harriet aged thirty two years. also living there is his grandson Joshua a cotton piecer aged twenty one, three sons and one daughter aged 2 to 9 years and a domestic servant from Northumberland aged sixteen years.

1881 William and Harriet are still living here with their same four children. The two eldest William and Squire aged seventeen and nineteen are pupil teachers. 1 Moss Brow is again a shop as William is described as a Grocer and farmer of six acres (an extra acre has appeared)

1891 A new resident has appeared at 1 Moss Brow. James Green aged thirty three years from Adlington is described as a Farmer and sub postmaster. His wife Margaret aged twenty five years from Dunham On The Hill is described as a Grocer. They have two children Herbert and Charles aged 7 and 12 years, born in Runcorn and Dunham On The Hill respectfully.

1901 James Green and all his family are still at 1 Moss Brow. His son Herbert is a Butcher by now and Charles is a Coachman and Gardener.

1911 Arthur Blease is now the Farmer and Sub postmaster at 1 Moss brow. He is forty four years old and from Pott Shrigley. His wife Martha is a year younger and is described as a Grocer and was born in Adlington. They have four children. James aged twenty one was a domestic and a chauffeur. Clarice aged nineteen was a Dressmaker, Marion aged fourteen was an assistant in a dairy, and Herbert aged thirteen years was a scholar. All four were born in Bollington Cross.

1939. 1 Moss Brow was simply named The Shop on the census form and was occupied by Grocer Sam Unwin aged sixty years and his fifty year old wife Emily who both actually lived at number nine Moss Brow with Dorothy Thorpe an evacuee who has three or four children who`s names have been blanked out presumably as they may still be alive. 

In more recent years the shop became known as Silcock`s as it was run by Walter and Rose Silcock and their son David.

Later occupied by Gerald Whitehurst and his family.

By 1971 Margaret Naden and her family managed the shop for ten years, finally selling in 1981 to current owners who ran it as a shop for a while but it is now their domestic house.


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.