"STOCKPORT, a parish, in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Stockport, the chapelries of Disley, Marple, and Norbury, and the townships of Bramhall, Bredbury, Brinnington, Duckinfield, Hyde, Offerton,Romilly, Torkington, Wernith, and part of that of Etchells, and containing, according to the last census, 44,957 inhabitants (since greatly increased), of which number, 21,726 are in the town of Stockport, 39 miles (N. E. by E.) from Chester, and 179 (N. W. by N.) from London. ...More." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Stockport, also a township and borough in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8990), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Greater Manchester.
  • It includes the hamlets of Barlowfold, Brinksway (part), Cale Green, Carr Green, Daw Bank, Great Moor, Heaviley, Hempshaw Brook, Hillgate, Hope Hill, Little Moor and Shaw Heath.
  • The population of Stockport was 14830 in 1801, 30589 in 1851, 78897 in 1901, 141650 in 1951, and 130031 in 2001.


  • Stockport Cemetery, Heaviley. Opened 1838 (50 acres).
  • Willow Grove Cemetery, Reddish. Opened 1877 (17 acres).


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Civil Registration

  • Stockport

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1835)
  • Stockport (Borough) (1835-1974)
  • Stockport (1974+)

Description & Travel

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Transcription for Stockport from Samuel Lewis - A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831)



The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"STOCKPORT, a parish, market, and manufacturing town, municipal and parliamentary borough, in the hundred of Macclesfield, county Chester, 7 miles from Staleybridge, 37 N.E. of Chester, and 176 N.W. of London by road, or 182½ by the London and North-Western railway via Trent Valley. It has stations on the Manchester and Birmingham section of the London and North-Western, Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire; and Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne and Guide Bridge Junction railways. The parish, which is large, includes, besides the town of Stockport, the chapelries of Disley, Dukinfield, Hyde, Marple, Norbury, Romiley or Chadkirk, and Stanley, with the townships of Bramall, Bredbury, Brinnington, Etchells, Offerton, Torkington, and Werneths. The town, which is of high antiquity, is situated on a steep rock of red sandstone, rising precipitously from the southern bend of the river Mersey, which is here formed by the junction of the rivers Thame and Goyt. A branch canal communicates with the Manchester and Ashton canal. It was anciently a post or "port" on the Roman way from Manchester to Derby. It was made a barony under the Earls of Chester, who rebuilt the castle, which was held by Geoffrey de Constantine in 1173 against Henry II. In the reign of Henry III. it was erected into a free borough by Robert de Stokeport, from whom it came to the Warrens. In the civil war of Charles I. it was garrisoned for the parliament, but was taken by the Royalists under Prince Rupert in 1644, and recovered by Lesly in 1645. In 1745 the town was occupied by the Highlanders under Prince Charles Stuart. No vestiges of the castle now remain, but an old building, the Castle Inn, occupies its site.


Historical Geography

Places associated with Stockport ancient parish with separate pages


  • 1894 — Gained the parts in Stockport County Borough of Brinnington (pop. 6528 in 1901), Cheadle (pop. 15099 in 1901) and Heaton Norris, Lancashire (pop. 17066 in 1901).
  • 1901 November 9 — Gained parts of Bredbury (pop. 30 in 1911), Brinnington (pop. 1197 in 1911), Cheadle (pop. 7959 in 1911), Hazel Grove and Bramhall (pop. 4169 in 1911) and Heaton Norris, Lancashire (pop. 61 in 1911).
  • 1935 April 1 — Gained part of Bredbury (11 acres, pop. 0 in 1931), part of Hazel Grove and Bramhall (904 acres, pop. 872 in 1931), the whole of Heaton Norris, Lancashire (1575 acres, pop. 13410 in 1931), and the whole of Reddish, Lancashire (1541 acres, pop. 15463 in 1931).
  • 1936 April 1 — Lost part to Marple (1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931).
  • 1937 April 1 — Gained part of Denton, Lancashire (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931), and lost part to Denton, Lancashire (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931).
  • 1952 April 1 — Gained the Brinnington area from Bredbury & Romiley (463 acres, pop. 151 in 1951).
  • 2015 April 1 — Lost part to Offerton Park.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ925904 (Lat/Lon: 53.410242, -2.114396), Stockport which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • Stockport Municipal Borough (1835-89)
  • Stockport County Borough (1889-1974)
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Stockport

Voting Registers

  • Stockport (1832-1974) *

* The part of Brinnington civil parish added to Stockport in 1894 remained in the Hyde electoral division until 1915. The part of Cheadle civil parish added to Stockport in 1894 remained in the Altrincham electoral division until 1915.