Bollin Avenue is an inverted L-shaped cul de sac at the southern limits of Bowdon. It comprises neat, semi-detached houses with well-tended front gardens.
Bollin Court is the U-shaped block of flats at the northern end of Bollin Avenue.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7585 8604
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It could be called typically suburban.
Date of photography: November 2021
A great example of the benefits of imaginative planning. There's probably no structural need for this archway, but it makes a striking feature when turning into the ginnel.
There are several of these enclosed green spaces in the area. They are overlooked and hence a safe play space for children. A thoughtful approach to town & country planning.
Here's a shot of the block of flats called "Bollin Court" that's located at the NW end of Bollin Avenue.
Bollin Square is a small square at the northern end of Bollin Avenue.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7585 8615
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Date of photography: November 2020
One of the enclosed green spaces.
The square taken from the SW corner. Note the green space in the centre.
A view across Apsley Grove park towards the children's play area.
This is the point where Bow Lane joins Priory Road (and the local bus stop). The housing on the N. side of the road is a mainly semis; the properties to the south are detached.
Bow Lane Farm, located in the N-E bend in the road, dates back to c. 1660 and is the sole remaining farm still operating in Bowdon today.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7543 8581
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Some of the semi-detached houses on the N. side of the road.
Date of photography: February 2021
Open fields - but for how much longer? - to the south of Bow Lane. Sights like these are the stuff of a developer's wet dreams.
The junction with The Gorse. If you look closely you might be able to see where I've cloned out a person against the hedge on the S. side of Bow Lane. They gave me a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse for taking their photo without asking permission. To be fair I thought they were far enough away and I wasn't taking a photo of them; they just happened to be in the scene. The perils of modern journalism.
The former West Bank farmhouse on the N-S section of Bow Lane. Bowdon once had 17 farms, most of which were located along Langham Road and Bow Lane.
Mrs Chester, the present owner.
The Gorse is a L-shaped cul de sac on the north side of Bow Lane. If you know when the area was developed, please get in touch using the button below.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7572 8582
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Date of photography: Feb/March 2021
Brick Kiln Row runs from Vicarage Lane towards the Sunny Bank estate, but is a dead end. As its name implies, there were numerous kilns in this part of Bowdon, all taking advantage of the boulder clay on which the area rests.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7612 8611
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Date of photography: December 2020
Primrose Cottages, showing the main entrances. These are some of the oldest properties in the area.
Desperately seeking status? Tiny little houses but ludicrous, oversized vehicles (except the one in the middle).
Hoskyth? Terrace, close to the junction with Vicarage Lane.
At the far end of Brick Kiln Row, down a path next to an open green space. These properties back onto Birch Tree Close for vehicular access.
The New Bowdon Take-Awa
Edale Close is a cul de sac on the northern side of Brick Kiln Row. The houses appear to be relatively new (late C20?) and are arranged in blocks of terraced or linked houses.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7610 8617
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Date of photography: December 2020
Primrose Bank is a short residential street that provides access to the Sunny Bank estate from Brick Kiln Row. Robinsway is the cul de sac (not named on this map) branching off the west side of the road.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7614 8606
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Date of photography: December 2020
The residential properties on both sides of the road consist of rows of 4 C20 terraced houses. None of the properties appears to have a garage.
I'm assuming both roads (and Bailey Walk?) were developed at about the same time. If you have any information you'd like to share, please get in touch using the link at bottom right. Your contribution will be acknowledged!
Robinsway cul de sac, showing the same pattern of 4 terraced houses.
Robinsway from the junction with Primrose Bank. This photo was taken in the summer on the day after England defeated Germany in the Euros football championship!
Looking south along the eastern side of Primrose Bank.
Looking north-west with Robinsway in the background.
Sticking my neck out, I'm going to assume Bailey Walk was built at the same time as Primrose Bank and Robinsway (see previous section). Correct me if I'm mistaken. It's a short cul de sac of modest town houses that look out over the football ground.
Priory Road is at the southernmost end of Bowdon, running north-south from the Vicarage Lane/Bollin Avenue junction towards the Priory Mental Health Hospital (formerly a manor house) and the River Bollin.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7594 8600
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Date of photography: a sunny day in November 2020!
The eastern side of the road, looking north-east. If you know anything about its history, e.g. when the houses were built, please drop me a line using the link at bottom right. Your contribution will be acknowledged!
A grander semi-detached house. Note the grand piano in the bay window.
Priory Street is part of the area of Bowdon formerly known as "Soapy Town" because of the amount of laundry from the "posher" houses that used to be sent down here.
A general view of the street, looking north.
Date of photography: 12 November 2020
OS grid ref.: SJ 7604 8605
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Looking south towards the sports pavilion (see below).
This photo and the following ones were taken in February 2021.
Off-street parking on Priory Street!
The pavilion and cricket ground at the southern end of the street. This marks the limit of the built-up area.
This shot, taken during the summer, shows the aforementioned unprepossessing entrance to the Sunnybank estate. The house just visible on the left is on Primrose Bank.
As mentioned above, the properties are quite imposing and aimed at executives and their families. Presumably developed in the late C20/early C21, the estate seems to have been dropped in by parachute – the only vehicle access being distinctly unprepossessing – and bears a closer affinity to the adjacent Fletcher Drive development.
OS grid ref.: SJ 7626 8595
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Looking east along the road. The Fletcher Drive development is behind the trees/hedges at the far end.
Inside one of the cul de sac "arms". Note the Christmas decoration - there seemed to be a disproportionate number of "deer" gracing the front gardens of these properties.
Looking north from another cul de sac.
Birchtree Close: Is the longer, unnamed cul de sac on the above map. The properties are taken from the same template as those on Sunnybank Road.
Well, there may still be one or two bits of tidying up to do, but apart from some gated developments all the streets of Bowdon have now been photographed at least once.
If you live on one of the gated developments, please get in touch!
It's now August (2021) and I'll be out and about photographing all the streets of Bowdon again when summer starts to fade and the autumn colours begin to emerge, so keep your eyes peeled.
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