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Woodbine Cottage, & 16 Bollington Road


Woodbine Cottage number 14 in1983                                                                                  and 2019                                                                          




14 and 16 Bollington Road

Situated directly across the road from Bollington Cross School, numbers 14 and 16 (one house). Number 14 which was called ‘Woodbine Cottage’ on the 1911 census, and was also known as the Schoolhouse, probably because Headmaster Herbert Sutton and his family lived there for many years. Originally Kingsway the road on the left in the photograph, was not there. The garden to number 14 was large, covering Kingsway entrance and coming right up to the road edge at the front with surrounding hedge and trees. Photos of the Sutton family in the garden can be seen on the Bollington Photo Archive website.

Census for number 14 (the left half as seen from the road).

1881. Herbert John Sutton aged twenty five years. Occupation Schoolmaster from Bollington from 1877. He was secretary of the Horticultural Society from 1885. He also organised the Annual Sports and Flower Show. And was also Choir Master of Bollington Cross Church. Also his wife Hannah also aged twenty five from Wiltshire. They had two children at this point, Maud 2 yrs and Joseph H 1 year. Also living with them was Mary Hayward, Hannah`s mother aged fifty five from Gloucester.

1891. Ten years later Herbert and Hannah Sutton had four more children, James 8 years, Edith C. 7 years, Mary L. 5yrs and Herbert J. 5 months. The Mother in Law, Mary Hayward, was still there.

1901. Nothing has changed ten years later, apart from their ages of course. Herbert resigned from being headmaster in this year due to illness and died in 1909 aged fifty four years

1911. Joseph H Sutton first born son of Herbert John Sutton is now resident with his family. Joseph’s father, Herbert John senior, died in 1909 whilst still at number 14 (Woodbine Cottage). And there is no record on his wife Hannah, Joseph’s mother. Joseph is now thirty one and his occupation is Clerk to Master in the Royal Exchange. His wife Elizabeth is twenty eight years was from Denbighshire and previously living in Ledley Street, Bollington. They have one child at this point named Mary and aged just 1 year. Elizabeth’s mother, Sarah Blower, a widow aged fifty nine years, also lives here as does Joseph’s brother Herbert John aged twenty years. Herbert is a Mechanical Engineer at this point.

1939. Joseph H Sutton is still living at 14 Bollington Road with his wife Elizabeth with daughters Mary twenty eight years, an insurance clerk, Maud twenty five years, and Bessie twenty years, a school teacher. And son Richard twenty three years, a Representative in Textiles.Richard died on 18th April 1943 when his submarine HMS Regent hit a mine in WW2 off the coast of Barletta.

Maud was the last Sutton living at Woodbine until her death in the 1990`s


The Elementary Schools Walking Race, 8th August 1903 above.

Pictured is Herbert James Sutton junior who was born at Woodbine Cottage in 1891. There were thirty one contestants and the distance was almost eight miles. James was second having been pipped at the post.

Census for number 16 Bollington Road.

1911. Mary Ellen Sutton, sister of Herbert John Senior, a retired school mistress aged sixty six years, lived here with servant Marion Turner aged twenty three from Bollington. Mary had spent all her life in Church street Bollington finally moving next door to her brother between 1901 and 1911 although he passed away in 1909.

1926. John Harding lived here.

1939 and John Harding aged fifty five years was living at number 16. He was a Chief Clerk at a cotton mill. He lived with his wife Roberta aged fifty years and their family.

In the mid 1900s number 16 was occupied by the Green family, Brenda, John, Maurice, Mary, Nellie, and Janet. Later occupied by the Dankins family, John, Amy and children Pauline and John. The Dankins were still there in 1996.

Little George Longden in the gate way to Woodbine Cottage around 1950. Moss Brow shop in the background and a small part of Orchard House.



Our thanks go to Linda Stewart who has researched census information to present an interesting history of the house’s residents.