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St Mary the Virgin Church, Bosley
Grid reference: SJ917655
Location: 53°11’10"N, 2°7’26"W
Population: 406  (2001[1])
Post town: Macclesfield
Postcode: SK11
Dialling code: 01260
Local Government
Council: Cheshire East

Bosley is a village and civil parish in Cheshire. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 406.[1] The village is on the A523 road near to where it intersects the A54, about six miles south of Macclesfield. It is the site of Bosley Reservoir. The Macclesfield Canal runs through the parish. All of its locks are in this section, including the noted Bosley Lock Flight.

The village is immediately to the north of the Staffordshire border, close to the Peak District National Park.

Arthur Herbert Procter, Victoria Cross recipient, was parish vicar of Bosley from 1931 to 1933.[2]

Bosley was the site of the Dane Woodmills, two water-mills built on the River Dane around 1760 by Charles Roe to process copper and brass. They were called "Higherworks Mill" and "Lowerworks Mill". Later, both mills were converted to process silk and cotton and later still to grind corn. They closed in the 1920s but reopened in the 1930s for their final task of grinding wood into a fine flour to make Linoleum, Bakelite and explosives.[3] The mill was destroyed and four people killed by an explosion in July 2015.[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Official 2001 Census Figures. Retrieval Date: 14 August 2007.
  2. Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1971–72. Oxford University Press. p. 779. 
  3. Britton, Karen (5 August 2015). "Mill historian mourns loss of heritage". Macclesfield Express: p. 10. 
  4. "Bosley explosion: 'Four missing' in Wood Flour Mills blast". BBC. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.