- River Dean
The River Dean rises at Longclough in
Macclesfield Foreston the western edge of the Peak Districtfoothills above the village of Rainowin north east Cheshire, England.
Together with a number of tributary streams it is impounded by the dam at
Lamaload. The river flows on to and passes through the village of Rainow, the town of Bollington, through the fields between Whiteley Greenand Butley Town, Prestbury, on through the grounds of Adlington Hall, thence to Deanwater, Handforth, and finally it joins the River Bollinbetween Wilmslowand Styal.
Below the dam there is a waterworks owned and managed by
United Utilities. The water saved in Lamaload Reservoiris used to supply Rainow, Bollington and other places. Next to the road bridge in Rainow village can be seen the early twentieth century waterworks built by Bollington Urban District Council. Shortly after passing Rainow the river flows north down the two mile long Ingersley Valewith KerridgeHill to its western side. It is very quickly joined by the stream from Hayles Clough which rises to the east above Ginclough. From Ingersley Vale the river finds its way through Bollington, out of the hills and into the Cheshire Plainat Lowerhouse (part of Bollington).
The historically notable section of these streams is between Ginclough and Lowerhouse. This length supported a large number of early
watermills and is recognised as one of the earliest developments in the English Industrial revolutionon the western side of the Pennines. Some of the mills are described on the Bollingtonpage.
* "The Industrial Revolution in East Cheshire", George Longden, Groundwork Trust, 1988
* [http://www.happy-valley.org.uk/ Bollington]
* [http://www.rainow.org/index.html Rainow]
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