Bollington is located 2.5 miles north of Macclesfield, in Cheshire. The town became part of the Macclesfield borough in 1974, having previously been administered by Poynton with Worth parish council.
The name Bollington is thought to come from the Old English for ‘town of Beola’s people’. Historically, it was an important centre for cotton-spinning. Waterhouse Mill, which is a 3-minute walk from us, used to spin the best cotton in the world. Unfortunately, the Mill was demolished in 1962.
Bollington is home to the Bollington Festival which, for over twenty years, has been running successfully. The festival, which is a showcase for talent from all over the UK, is held every five to seven years, the last being held in 2019.
We are also only 3 miles from Poynton, which was a significant coal mining area as far back as 1589! Whilst Poynton is about three times the population of Bollington it’s still a nice area to live in. Only 11 miles southeast of Manchester, 5 miles north of Macclesfield, and even closer to Stockport, just 5 miles south.
Well known for the Macclesfield Canal, which was originally constructed to transport the coal around the country. Poynton also boasts a rather nice golf club and a spectacular ornamental lake known as Poynton Pool.
But of course, best of all, it is only a ten-minute drive to come and have your hearing checked by us!
Now another of our “neighbours” is Prestbury. Whilst here in Bollington we have a history for cotton, Prestbury was all about silk! In the 19th century, it accounted for nearly a third of all men working in the silk part of the very significant British textile manufacturing sector.
As roads improved and the train station appeared in 1845 Prestbury became more of a residential area than just a silk manufacturing village. The mill burnt down in 1940, just the village remained. Parts of the village are now a conservation area and many of the buildings are listed by English Heritage. 17th and 18th-century housing packs Prestbury high street, but can be very busy in the summer when tourists flood in to take pictures of the town.
Prestbury Grotto, a garden folly designed by Joseph Paxton is located within The Mersey Forest between Macclesfield and Bollington at J23 on the M60 motorway. It consists of tunnels constructed through sandstone rock leading to grottoes with man-made stalactites and stalagmites.
Prestbury is only a couple of miles from Bollington Hearing Centre, and Alderley is just another 5 miles east, which is itself a couple of miles south of Alderley Edge. Of course, if you are from around the area you will know Alderley Edge as part of the Cheshire Golden Triangle.
Now whilst it is very well located, only 6 miles from Macclesfield and 12 miles south of Manchester, and of course only a 15-minute drive from us! Alderley Edge is included in a charter of c.1280 and in 1995 a hoard of 564 Roman Coins was found dating from AD 317 to AD 336. It has an extensive history of mining and agriculture that were on estates that had many owners who formed part of the Baronetage of the United Kingdom.
One of the famous landowners from the area in more recent times is the Pilkington Family of Pilkington Glass. The daughters of the family donated the woodland area, now known as The Edge, to the National Trust in 1948. Alderley Edge also has some famous residents, football players, actors, and even a couple of rock stars!
Now Glossop is also only 15 miles from Manchester, but to the west, and still only 20 miles from Bollington. One of the larger towns in the area, it is certainly one of the older ones. There is evidence of a Bronze Age burial site and maybe prehistoric remains at Torside.
The Domesday Book of 1086 has it registered as a Parish, but today Glossop boasts a population of over 33,000. With such a long history comes a lot of Landmarks. Wren Nest Mill dates from 1800, Wood’s Mill, originally built in 1782 even the Town Hall began construction in 1838. Dinting Viaduct was built in 1845 and the Parish Church of All Saints dates back to 1157.
South of Glossop there’s Whaley Bridge, which is just a 20-minute drive east of us here in Bollington. Whaley Bridge also has evidence of prehistoric activity and is referenced in many 13th-century documents. Like Bollington, there is a history of cotton mills the replaced earlier cola mining activity. Today, with a population of well over 6,000, Whaley Bridge still retains that small-town character.
Similarly, ten minutes further to the east, Chapel en-le-firth, established by the Normans in the 12th-century has a population of over 8,000. It still maintains the beautiful village appearance so characteristic of the Peak District in general.
North of Whaley Bridge is the slightly larger town of North Mills. With a more extensive industrial past including, cola mining, cotton spinning, bleaching, and calico printing.
New Mills has some impressive landmarks. The Torrs Hydro micro-hydroelectric scheme is an impressive sight. Torrs generates over 181,000 kWh of electricity in 2020 alone. Moreover, volunteers run the scheme and has been around since 2008. There is also The Torrs Millenium Walkway, which opened in 2000.
All of these places have one thing in common. They are all a short drive from Bollington Hearing Centre! So if you are from any of these towns, or any other town or village in between, when it comes time to have your ears checked, or you think you may need earwax removal, come see us first. Make an appointment now!