"CHEADLE, a parish in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 miles (W. S. W.) from Stockport, comprising the townships of Cheadle- Bulkeley, Cheadle-Moseley, and Handforth with Boxden, and containing 6508 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £13. 0. 7½., and in the patronage of Sir J. D. Broughton, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is principally in the later style of English architecture, with side aisles and a tower, and contains some monuments of the Brereton and Bulkeley families. There are places of worship for Methodists and Roman Catholics in this parish. The village, situated near the Bollin, is remarkable for the beauty and salubrity of its situation, and its very neat and cleanly appearance. The chief employment of the inhabitants is in the spinning, bleaching, and printing of cotton. There are two manors in the parish, Cheadle-Bulkeley and Cheadle-Huhne, or Moseley: for the former a court is held in October; and for the latter, on the first Thursday after June 24th. A school, built by subscription among the inhabitants, was endowed by John Robinson, in 1788, with land let for about £40 per annum; and Mr. Stubbs also bequeathed land for teaching children." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Cheadle, once an ancient parish but also a civil parish (SJ 8688) created in 1879 by uniting Cheadle Bulkeley with Cheadle Moseley.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1930 to become part of Cheadle & Gatley.
  • It included the hamlets of Brinksway, Bruntwood, Cheadle Heath, Cheadle Hulme, Edgeley and Outwood.
  • The population was 9014 in 1901.


  • Cheadle Cemetery, Stockport Road. Opened 1903.


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

Civil Registration

  • Stockport (1879-1930)

Court Records

  • Stockport (Borough) (partly, 1879-94)
  • Stockport (County) (partly, 1879-94 ; wholly, 1894-1930)

* The part in Stockport (Borough) (1879-94) was added to the civil parish of Stockport in 1894.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"CHEADLE, a parish in the hundred of Macclesfield, in the county of Chester, 2 miles S.W. of Stockport, and 8 from Manchester. It is a station on the Manchester, Crewe, and Chester, and the Manchester, Buxton, and Macclesfield sections of the London and North-Western railway. The parish is situated on the river Mersey, and includes the townships of Cheadle-Bulkeley, Cheadle-Moseley, and Handforth-cum-Boden. The inhabitants are principally employed in agriculture, or in the print-works, and in silk-weaving at home; but those who live within that part of the parish comprised within the borough of, Stockport are chiefly engaged in the manufactures of cotton and silk. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester, value £635, in the patronage of Sir H. D. Broughton, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is in the later perpendicular style. In 1858, a new church, called St. Matthew, Stockport, was built at Edgeley, for the Peel district, which comprises the hamlets of Edgeley and Brinksway, within this parish, but is included in the borough of Stockport. There is also a chapel of ease to the mother church of Cheadle, at Handforth, built in 1837, and another chapel of ease at Cheadle-Hulme, built in 1863. The Independents, Baptists, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have places of worship, and there is a Roman Catholic chapel at Edgeley. There are National schools in the village of Cheadle and at Handforth, and also a small endowed school at Cheadle-Hulme. In the vicinity are many villa residences and several mansions."

"BOSDEN, a joint township with Handforth, in the parish of Cheadle, hundred of Macclesfield, in the county palatine of Chester, 3 miles to the S. of Stockport. The London and North-Western railway passes through the township, with stations at Cheadle and Handforth."


Historical Geography

Places associated with Cheadle ancient parish with separate pages


  • 1879 September 22 — Created from the whole of Cheadle Bulkeley and Cheadle Moseley
  • 1883 March 25 — Gained a detached part of Bramhall (16 acres, pop. 0 in 1891)
  • 1894 — Lost the part in Stockport County Borough to Stockport (pop. 15099 in 1901)
  • 1901 November 9 — Lost part to Stockport (pop. 7959 in 1911)
  • 1930 March 31 — Abolished and incorporated into Cheadle & Gatley (3515 acres, pop. 8949 in 1921)

You can see the administrative areas in which Cheadle has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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Politics & Government

  • Stockport Municipal Borough (partly, 1879-89) * *
  • Stockport Rural Sanitary District (partly, 1879-86)
  • Stockport Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1879-94) *
  • Cheadle & Gatley Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1886-94)
  • Stockport County Borough (partly, 1889-94) *
  • Cheadle & Gatley Urban District (1894-1930)

* The part in Stockport Municipal Borough (1879-89), Stockport Urban Sanitary District (1879-89) and Stockport County Borough (1889-94) was added to the civil parish of Stockport in 1894.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Stockport (1879-1930)

Voting Registers

  • East Cheshire (1879-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1930)