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Rainow (Cheshire)

Rainow shown within Cheshire
Population 2,505
OS grid reference SJ950761
Parish Rainow
District Macclesfield
Shire county Cheshire
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stockport
Postcode district SK23 7**
Dialling code 01625
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Macclesfield
List of places: UKEnglandCheshire

Coordinates: 53°16'49?N 2°04'22?W? / ?53.280229, -2.072748

Rainow is a small village and civil parish located, mostly, on the eastern side of the River Dean valley on the B5470 road, between Macclesfield and Kettleshulme in Cheshire, UK. It straddles the eastern side of the Peak District border of Derbyshire and Cheshire[1], surrounded by arable farmland. The village name comes from the Old English Hraefn Hoe, meaning Ravens' Hill, and is a former coal mining village. It has a total population of just over 2,500.[2]

To the east of the village lies the Lamaload Reservoir, which was the first concrete reservoir constructed in England, between 1958 and 1964. At an elevation of 308 m, it is also the highest constructed dam in England.[3]

A local landmark, White Nancy is a Sugarloaf shaped, circular, white stone building that was constructed to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Prior to its construction, the site was occupied by a small brick beacon. Located on the northern end of Kerridge Hill the building sits on the boundary between the parishes of Rainow and Bollington.


[edit] School

Rainow Primary School is the only school in the village. The school has up to 200 pupils, covering years reception through to year 6. School facilities include a sports field, playground and on-site catering in a large dining hall adjacent to the kitchen area.

[edit] Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church was built in 1846, at a cost of £1,800 by John Mellor of Kerridge End, on land donated to the village by Joseph Harding. The architect was Samuel Howard of Disley. In 1958 the present vicarage was built adjoining the Church.

[edit] Jenkin Chapel

Jenkin Chapel was constructed of the local gritstone in 1733, on land donated by a farming family of the same name. It features a saddleback roof and and an outside flight of steps leading to a gallery (a small tower was added in 1754-55). Originally dedicated to St. John the Baptist, it was first consecrated in 1894 and re-dedicated to St. John the Evangelist.

[edit] Cultural events

Rainow has an annual Church Fete with tea marquee, Tug of war between the local public houses: The Robin Hood, The Rising Sun and The Highwayman, and a fell race across Kerridge Hill, overlooking the village.

[edit] Trivia

Two notable residents of the village are Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, members of the bands Joy Division, New Order and The Other Two, although Gillian is no longer in New Order. Both grew up in nearby Macclesfield.

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