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St Mary, the Virgin, Bosley.JPG
St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bosley
Bosley is located in Cheshire
Bosley shown within Cheshire
Population406 [1]
OS grid referenceSJ917655
Civil parish
  • Bosley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSK11
Dialling code01260
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°11′10″N 2°07′26″W / 53.186°N 2.124°W / 53.186; -2.124Coordinates: 53°11′10″N 2°07′26″W / 53.186°N 2.124°W / 53.186; -2.124

Bosley is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England. 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 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]

July 2015 explosions[edit]

Wood Treatment Ltd were manufacturers of a variety of wood fibre and wood powder products. At 9.10 am on Friday 17 July 2015, a number of people were injured, four killed or missing, and the mill destroyed, by at least three explosions at the Wood Treatment site.[3][4] The local Member of Parliament (MP), David Rutley, spent time at the site. He said it was "like a war zone" and described the day as his "darkest day" so far in his time as MP. The following Sunday the Methodist minister (Rev. Pam Butler) and Vicar (Rev. John Harries) held a joint service of remembrance. It was in the Anglican church because the Methodist church was inside the cordon set up to protect the site. On the Friday they had both expressed publicly the trauma and anger felt by the whole village. A fund for the victims was set up by a local councillor.[4] By 23 July, three of the four bodies had been recovered, and the fire chief was “very confident” that they knew the location of the last one. Fires were still burning and very little of the structure was identifiable.[5] Paul Hitchen, of the Urban Search and Rescue team, said, "The scale of the unprecedented in this country in the last 10 years."[6] Firefighters finally left the scene over a month after the tragedy. Even then the Urban Search and Rescue Team from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service remained to continue looking for the body of the one person who was, officially, still only missing.[7]

The works had a long history. Two water-mills were 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.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Official 2001 Census Figures. Retrieval Date: 14 August 2007.
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1971–72. Oxford University Press. p. 779.
  3. ^ "Bosley explosion: 'Four missing' in Wood Flour Mills blast". BBC. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b Macclesfield Express, 22 July 2015, pp. 1–7
  5. ^ "Bosley blast: Third body pulled from wood flour mill". The Daily Telegraph. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  6. ^ Britton, Karen (23 July 2015). "Bosley mill tragedy is the worst incident in ten years, say rescue team". Macclesfield Express. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  7. ^ Macclesfield Express, 26 August 2015, p.9
  8. ^ Britton, Karen (5 August 2015). "Mill historian mourns loss of heritage". Macclesfield Express. p. 10.

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Direct report at the time

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Disaster Waiting to Happen

Mill Owners Questioned

Owners Share Pain

Council visited two weeks earlier