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"DUKINFIELD, a chapelry in the parish of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 6½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Stockport, containing 5096 inhabitants. The village, called by.the . Saxons Dockenveldt, is seated upon a pleasant eminence, at the foot of which, to the northward, runs the rapid river Tame, separating the township from the town of Ashton under Lyne, in Lancashire, as it did the kingdoms of Northumberland and Mercia during the Heptarchy, when strong fortifications for the protection of each at this point were constructed, on opposite banks of the stream, some vestiges of which are still discernible. Thirty years ago the inhabitants of Dukinfield consisted of only a few farmers and day-labourers, but since the introduction of the cotton trade it has become an extensive and flourishing place; there are several cotton factories, worked by eleven steam-engines, equal in power to two hundred and fifty-five horses, which put in motion one thousand four hundred and seventy-five power-looms, and turn one hundred and thirteen thousand one hundred and fifty-four spindles. The mines and quarries wrought in the township yield a considerable profit to the proprietors: there are also extensive collieries, the shafts of some of them being sunk to the depth of one hundred and twenty feet. Iron-ore is abundant, and a furnace has been recently erected for smelting it, an operation that seems to have been carried on in remote times, from the otherwise unaccountable breaks which are frequently met with in the strata of the ore of one particular mine, and the large quantity of scoriæ found in the vicinity. Fire-bricks are made here in great perfection. Many advantages are derived from the Peak Forest and the Huddersfield canals, which pass through the township. One of the wings of Dukinfield hall, an ancient mansion, contains a chapel, founded in 1398, as an oratory, which has been since used as a chapel of ease to StockporL Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, Moravians, and Unitarians, have each a place of worship, and the three last have established schools, that of the Methodists being sufficiently commodious to contain one thousand children; there is also a Roman Catholic chapel. A Sunday school, for children of all denominations, is kept in a neat brick building, erected by subscription, upon land given by the late F. D. Astley, Esq., and containing a well selected library for the use of the inhabitants. Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Duckenfield, a distinguished parliamentary officer, and a member of Cromwell's council of state in 1653, was born here." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Dukinfield was a township in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9597), which 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 Castle Hall (until 1898), Hough Hill, Hydes (until 1898), Newton Moor and Yew Tree.
  • The population was 1737 in 1801, 26418 in 1851, 18929 in 1901, 18451 in 1951, and 19278 in 2001.


  • Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Dukinfield.
  • Dukinfield: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). Built in 1841 as a chapel to Stockport: St. Mary, becoming the district church for Dukinfield in 1843.
  • Dukinfield: St. Mark (Church of England). A district church for part of Dukinfield from 1846.
  • Stalybridge: Holy Trinity, Castle Hall (Church of England). A district church for part of Dukinfield from 1846 to 1894.
  • Dukinfield: St. Matthew (Church of England). Founded in 1875 as a mission church to St. Mark, but transferred to St. Luke in 1880. Closed in 1989.
  • Stalybridge: Christ Church (Church of England). The district church for part of Dukinfield from 1880 to 1894.
  • Dukinfield: St. Luke (Church of England). Built in 1889 as a chapel to St. John the Evangelist, becoming a district church in 1906.
  • Dukinfield: St. Mary (Roman Catholic), Zetland Street. Built in 1825, rebuilt in 1844.
  • Dukinfield, Baptist Union Chapel, Oxford Road. Built in 1904.
  • Dukinfield, Ebenezer Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Foundry Street. Founded in 1836, Built in 1877. Registers of baptisms 1850-1964 and marriages 1892-1967 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Dukinfield, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Foundry Street. Registers of baptisms 1855-1953 and marriages 1897-1953 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Dukinfield, Bethesda Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), Wellington Street. Built in 1840. Registers of burials 1840-1911 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Dukinfield, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Astley Street. Built in 1872. Registers of marriages 1919-1940 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Dukinfield, Moravian Chapel, Old Road. Founded in 1724, Built in 1755. Registers 1785-1849 are at the Cheshire Record Office and Tameside Library.
  • Dukinfield, Spiritualist Church, Railway Street.
  • Dukinfield, Unitarian Chapel, Chapel Hill. Founded in 1707, rebuilt in 1840.
  • Dukinfield, United ReformedChurch (Providence Chapel) (Independent/Congregational), Dukinfield Hall. Registers 1676-1840 are at Manchester Central Library and Tameside Library. Registers 1806-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office and Manchester Central Library.
  • Dukinfield, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Crescent Road.

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Civil Registration

  • Ashton under Lyne (1837-1937)
  • Hyde (1937-74)
  • Tameside (1974+)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-48)
  • Hyde (County) (1848-99)
  • North East Cheshire (1899-1971)
  • Dukinfield (1971-74)
  • South Tameside (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1898 November 9 — Gained part of Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire (pop. 45 in 1901), and lost part to Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire (pop. 39 in 1901)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Hyde (16 acres, pop. 16 in 1931) and Matley (302 acres, pop. 75 in 1931), and lost part to Hyde (less than 1 acre, pop. 17 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Stalybridge Municipal Borough (1857-94)
  • Stalybridge Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Dukinfield Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Dukinfield Urban District (1898-99)
  • Dukinfield Municipal Borough (1899-1974)
  • Tameside [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Ashton under Lyne

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Hyde (1885-1915)
  • Stalybridge and Hyde (1918-74)