Author with passion for Bollin takes another look
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