Disley / Distley


"DISTLEY, a chapelry in the parish of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 6¾ miles (S. E.) from Stockport, containing 1533 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £8 per annum private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £1200 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of Thomas Legh, Esq. The chapel, dedicated to All Saints, which was rebuilt in 1558, in the later style of English architecture, has an embattled tower; also windows of stained glass, exhibiting several portraits and armorial bearings. A school is endowed with £10. 5. per annum, the produce of divers benefactions. The Peak Forest canal passes through the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Disley was a township and chapelry in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8990), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • In 1894 the Newtown and Furness Vale areas were transferred to the county of Derbyshire.
  • In 1936 there were further alterations to the county boundary with Lancashire.
  • It includes the hamlets of Cockshead, Danebank, Hagg Bank, High Lane (part), Jackson's Edge, Lane Ends, Lightalders, Newtown (part, mainly in Derbyshire) and Woodend.
  • The population was 995 in 1801, 2225 in 1851, 2827 in 1901, 2865 in 1951, and 4301 in 2001.

Civil Registration

  • Hayfield (1837-1937)
  • North East Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Gained part of New Mills, Derbyshire (6 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) and part of Yeardsley cum Whaley (96 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)

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Politics & Government

  • Hayfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • New Mills Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Disley Rural District (1894-1974).

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Hayfield

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1915)
  • Macclesfield (1918-74)