Bollington in WW2

Do YOU remember Bollington in, or just after World War 2?

Could you help?

Today’s primary school children are now learning about the Second World War. This includes the primary schools in Bollington. Do you have memories about what it was like in Bollington? Perhaps your parents or grandparents were involved in the military or other war-related or reserved occupations at that time. Do remember food rationing – it continued until 4 July 1954!)?

Some stories:

Someone invented “Window” – strips of coated paper dropped from aircraft to confuse enemy radar. Did you know that this was made in Bollington?

Many homes were still lit by gaslight. If there was an air-raid warning, Bollington Town Gas Works would reduce the pressure in the main. The lights in peoples’ houses would flicker and they would know to make sure that no lights were showing through the windows as a target for bomber aircraft. (The brickworks in Pott Shrigley weren’t on Bollington town gas, so they didn’t get the message. But they did get a bomb – probably left over from a raid on Manchester.)

If you have some stories, or ration books, or identity cards, or medals, or…
please contact Ken Edwards at the Town Hall on 01625 571126 or email him at Or use the following form…

You could help our local school children understand more about their local, national, and international history.

The Dedication of the Columbarium 30 November 1961

The first interments of cremated remains took place in the newly created Columbarium in 1958, but the “official” Dedication Service took place in 1961.

Towards the left of the picture is Albert Clayton, holding his Churchwarden’s staff. Next to him is Revd Michael Culliford curate (who lived in St Oswald’s House, Bollington Cross). The Bishop of Chester was Rt Revd Gerald Ellison (who went on to be Bishop of London). Next to the Bishop is Revd John St Hilary Mullett vicar, and next to him is Revd Trevor Hill curate. The man in the dark cassock towards the right of the photo is Harry Holland verger.