Author with pas­sion for Bollin takes an­other look

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A LO­CAL his­to­rian with a pas­sion for the Bollin Val­ley has re­leased his sec­ond book about the area.

Keith War­ren­der, who was born in Prest­bury, said he has al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the area sur­round­ing his birth­place, and has writ­ten Bollin Val­ley, Past and Present.

The book – which is the sec­ond vol­ume on the Bollin Val­ley – cov­ers a wide range of lo­cal his­tory, from the stories be­hind the 108 steps to the mys­te­ri­ous tun­nel with an en­trance in the garage yard of the Mill­stone Inn, but with no ap­par­ent end.

It also pro­vides a fan­tas­tic wealth of stories re­lat­ing to sig­nif­i­cant build­ings up and down the River Bollin, in­clud­ing Prest­bury, Sut­ton, Langley, Tytherington, Wilm­slow and Styal.

Keith said: “I like to think of my­self as some­one who pro­motes the whole of Greater Manch­ester and Cheshire.

“We’ve got all this lovely her­itage and scenery on our doorstep,you don’t have to go beyond the bound­aries to find nice places.”

Keith, who now lives in Tim­per­ley with his wife Ju­dith and daugh­ter Sarah, said: “I was born within a few hun­dred yards of the Bollin Val­ley and over the years I’ve ex­plored it and taken lots of pho­to­graphs. I re­ally en­joy re­search­ing it. It’s the peo­ple and the place I like.”

“It’s com­pletely new ma­te­rial,” he added. “I was con­scious of things I hadn’t cov­ered in the first vol­ume so I be­gan to ex­plore a sec­ond book.

“As I did that, more and more things came to light.

“You get to meet all sorts of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple who tell you things you didn’t know.”

He added: “I met Wilf Slack who lives above Mac­cles­field For­est. He used to work in the quarry at Windy­way, near Teggs Nose, and has some re­ally in­ter­est­ing stories.

“I got to learn lots of things about Mac­cles­field though him.”

Af­ter re­tir­ing from his job as a graphic de­signer, Keith has writ­ten five books in to­tal, in­clud­ing The Bat­tle for Kin­der Scout, Mill Life at Styal, Be­low Manch­ester, Un­der­ground Manch­ester and Manch­ester Od­di­ties.

Keith’s book is avail­able in Water­stones in Mac­cles­field and Wilm­slow, as well as WH Smith and the Her­itage Cen­tre.

Keith War­ren­der has writ­ten a sec­ond book about the Bollin Val­ley

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