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"DUNHAM-MASSEY, a township in the parish of BOWDON, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 3½ miles (W, by S.) from Altrincham, containing 1090 inhabitants. Here is a free school. The village of Donehame is mentioned in Domesday-book, and the Norman barons of Dunham had a castle here, which was defended by its owner, Hamo de Massey, in a rebellion against Henry II., in 1173, but not a relic of it now remains, nor can its site be ascertained. A court of pleas formerly held here, for the recovery of debts under £10, is now in disuse. A school is supported by the produce of various small donations. The Duke of Bridgewater's canal passes near this place; and in the neighbouring park are vestiges of an old military road, and several tumuli, near which urns have been found. The Earl of Stamford and Warrington has the title of Baron Delamere, of Dunham-Massey." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Dunham Massey was a township in Bowdon ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7388), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been part of the county of Greater Manchester.
  • It includes the hamlets of Dunham Town, Dunham Woodhouses, Oldfield Brow (until 1920) and Sinderland Green.
  • The population was 872 in 1801, 1255 in 1851, 2644 in 1901, 523 in 1951, and 475 in 2001.


  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Dunham Massey.
  • Dunham Massey: St. Margaret (Church of England). A district church for part of Dunham Massey from 1855.
  • Altrincham: St. George (Church of England). A district church for part of Dunham Massey from 1860.
  • Dunham Town: St. Mark (Church of England). Built in 1864 as a chapel to Bowdon: St. Mary, becoming , becoming a district church for part of Dunham Massey in 1873.
  • Altrincham: St. John the Evangelist  (Church of England). A district church for part of Dunham Massey from 1867.
  • Dunham Massey: All Saints (Church of England). Founded in 1891 as a chapel to St. Margaret. Closed in 1911.
  • Broadheath: St. Alban (Church of England). A district church for part of Dunham Massey from 1911.
  • Dunham Massey, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1875.
  • Sinderland Green, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1881.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Trafford [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1974)
  • Trafford (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1920 April 1 — Lost the Oldfield Brow area to Altrincham (679 acres, pop. 1386 in 1921)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained part of Bollington (near Lymm) (7 acres, pop. 0 in 1931), and lost parts to Altrincham (401 acres, pop. 893 in 1931) and Bowdon (240 acres, pop. 85 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary DIstrict (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-1895)
  • Bucklow Rural District (1936-1974)
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1836-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930).

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Bucklow (1945-48)
  • Knutsford (1949-74)