A535 road

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A535 road
Route information
Length: 10.4 mi (16.7 km)
Major junctions
South end: Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
  A50 A50 road
A537 A537 road
A34 A34 road
North end: Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Jodrell Bank
Road network

The A535 road is a non-primary route in England that runs from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire to Alderley Edge, Cheshire.[1] It passes through the Dane River valley. It is the main road that gives access to the Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Quinta Arboretum, planted by Sir Bernard Lovell in 1948.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Location area of the A535 in the United Kingdom (marked red)
A535 approaching Chorley Hall heading south. The approaching left road is Chorley Lane

In medieval times part of the existing A535 route provided access to Chorley Old Hall and moat near Alderley Edge, a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument.[5][6] This part of the road is known as "Ryley's Lane".[7] The original part of the house was built around 1330 by Robert de Chorley. The Stanley family carried out alterations around 1640 and built a bridge across the moat. Just past the hall, a lane leads off to the east which is named after the hall, Chorley Lane.[8] In historical times, this lane leading off what is now the A535 road was the main road leading to Macclesfield from Alderley Hall, and was the continuation of the Macclesfield Road. This stretch is now the B5087 road.[9] From the 16th to the 18th century, the Booth family were the major landowners in the southern part of the road in the Twemlow area. They built a grand mansion at Twemlow Hall in the area which can be viewed along the A535 road from Holmes Chapel to Goostrey on a hill top.[10]

In 1831, Corbishley Bridge was erected along the road to the northeast of Chelford, to the west of the hamlet of Corbishley to facilitate the railway line.[11] In 1898, the Cheshire County Council erected a signpost near Withington Hall along the road.

From September 1952, the road became the main road of transport of shifting building materials for the building of the Jodrell Bank Observatory.[12] The first major constructional work was completed in the summer of 1957 and eventually 5 telescopes for installed at the centre under the guidance of Sir Bernard Lovell. Lovell acknowledged that delivering the telescope parts over the level crossing along the A535 may have been problematic but he didn't anticipate any major difficulties.[3] Jodrell Bank Observatory has since become the main tourist attraction of the area.

During the summer of 2010, the construction of the A34 Alderley Bypass affected the road network in the area and meant that as one road was closed off, traffic had to frequently be diverted.[13] The road used to connect to the A34 at a junction in Alderley Edge, but with the opening of the A34 Alderley Bypass in November 2010, the A535 gained approximately one mile to its length, and now finishes at Harden Park roundabout on the A34.

Route[edit]

Location (A535 marked roughly in white)

Starting at a double mini-roundabout in the centre of Holmes Chapel at 53°12′9″N 2°21′26″W / 53.20250°N 2.35722°W / 53.20250; -2.35722, the road heads eastwards where it is initially known as Macclesfield Road,[14] before heading northeastwards and crossing the Crewe to Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line. It passes the village of Twemlow Green, running alongside the Twemlow Viaduct. After the gentle climb out of Twemlow, the Lovell Telescope of Jodrell Bank is in view, with access to the site being from a sharp left turn into Bomish Lane. At Jodrell Bank is a road leading off to the eastwhich is initially called Farm Lane, leading to Lower Withington. This is part of the B5392 road which eventually joins the A537 at Broken Cross in the western suburbs of Macclesfield.

After passing through the village of Withington Green, a lane passes off the east called Catch Penny lane which leads to Deans Rough Farm and a Catch Penny lake.[15] Further north is Farm Wood Quarry on its left, an area which the road passes which has had several notable geological examinations conducted into it.[16]

Approaching Corbishley Bridge

The road continues to past Astle Hall, site of the annual 1000 Engine Rally in June,[17] and also the Astle Park Steam Rally (at Astle Park) in August,[18] to Chelford, where it crosses the A537 at a roundabout. Shortly after, it passes under the Crewe to Manchester line at Corbishley Bridge, and continues to Alderley Edge and finally ends at 53°18′15″N 2°14′16″W / 53.30417°N 2.23778°W / 53.30417; -2.23778. With the new A34 bypass, it now crosses the A34 road and ends in the village of Alderley Edge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ AA Road Atlas Britain 2010 (24 ed.). Automobile Association. 1 July 2009. ISBN 0-7495-6261-7. 
  2. ^ Rubery, Jim (2003). Historic Walks in Cheshire: A Collection of 20 Scenic Walks. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 84. ISBN 1-85284-391-8. 
  3. ^ a b Lovell, Sir Bernard (1985). The Jodrell Bank telescopes. Oxford University Press. p. 21. ISBN 0-19-858178-5. 
  4. ^ King, Peter, Lambert, Katherine (2008). The Good Gardens Guide: The Essential Independent Guide to the 1200 Best Gardens, Parks and Green Spaces in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands (19 ed.). Frances Lincoln Ltd. p. 39. ISBN 0-7112-2744-6. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). The Buildings of England, Volume 47. Penguin Books. p. 56. ISBN 0-14-071042-6. 
  6. ^ Pastscape: Chorley Old Hall, English Heritage, retrieved 14 December 2010 
  7. ^ Images of England: Chorley Old Hall, English Heritage, retrieved 14 December 2010 
  8. ^ Beech, Graham (2004). East Cheshire Walks: From Peak to Plain (4 ed.). Sigma Leisure. p. 176. ISBN 1-85058-816-3. 
  9. ^ Google. Google Maps (Map).
  10. ^ Earwalker, John Parsons (1890). The history of the ancient parish of Sandbach, co. Chester: Including the two chapelries of Holmes chapel and Goostry. From original records. Hansard Publishing Union. pp. 267–8. 
  11. ^ Dodgson, J. McN. (1997). The Place-names of Cheshire: County name, regional- & forest-names, river-names, road-names, the place-names of Macclesfield Hundred. Cambridge University Press. 
  12. ^ Lovell, Afred Charles Bernard. Our Present Knowledge of the Universe. Manchester University Press. p. 75. 
  13. ^ "Summer bypass works affect local roads". Alderley Edge. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Dane Valley - Holmes Chapel". Cheshire Life. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  15. ^ Gardens of England and Wales open for charity. National Gardens Scheme Trust. 2002. ISBN 0-900558-35-0. 
  16. ^ "The Limnology of the Eutrophic Meres of the Shropshire-Cheshire Plain:A Review". Freshwater Biological Association. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "1000 Engine and Vintage Rally". 
  18. ^ "Astle Park Traction Engine Rally". [dead link]