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"GODLEY, a township in the parish of MOTTRAM in LONGDEN-DALE, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 6 miles (N. E. by E.) from Stock- port, containing 514 inhabitants. Godley is a corruption of Godleigh, the name of its possessors in the reign of John. The manufacture of cotton here is principally carried on by hand-loom weaving, and there is some business in the making of hats." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Godley was a township in Mottram-in-Longdendale ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9595), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • In 1923 the civil parish was abolished to become part of Hyde.
  • It included the hamlets of Flowery Field (part) and Godley Hill.
  • The population was 270 in 1801, 1353 in 1851, and 1691 in 1901.

For the period after 1923, see Hyde.


See Hyde.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Godley area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

  • Ashton under Lyne (1837-1923)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-48)
  • Hyde (County) (1848-93)
  • Hyde (Borough) (1893-1923)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1923 October 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Hyde (645 acres, pop. 1735 in 1921)

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Politics and Government

  • Hyde Urban Sanitary District (1875-81)
  • Hyde Municipal Borrough (1881-1923)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Ashton under Lyne (1837-1923)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1867-85)
  • Stalybridge &  Hyde (1885-1923)