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HALE (near Altrincham)

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"HALE, a township in the parish of BOWDON, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 2½ miles (S. E.) from Altrincham, containing 958 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Hale was a township in Bowdon ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7886), 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 Ashley Heath, Castle Hill, Etrop Green, Hale Barns, Oakfield, Warburton Green, and Well Green.
  • The population was 783 in 1801, 1164 in 1851, 4562 in 1901, 12152 in 1951, and 15316 in 2001.


  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Hale.
  • Altrincham: St. John the Evangelist  (Church of England). A district church for part of the township of Hale from 1867.
  • Ashley: St. Elizabeth (Church of England). From 1881 the district church for part of the township of Hale.
  • Ringway: St. Mary & All Saints (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Bowdon: St. Mary, which became the district church for part of Hale in 1863. Closed in 1967.
  • Hale: St. Peter (Church of England). Built in 1892 as a chapel to Bowdon: St. Mary, becoming a district church for part of Hale in 1906.
  • Hale: St. David (Church of England). A mission to Timperley: Christ Church, founded by 1914.
  • Hale Barns: St. Paul (Church of England). Built in 1882 as a chapel to Ringway: St. Mary & All Saints. Closed in 1967, and replaced by Hale Barns: All Saints.
  • Hale Barns: All Saints (Church of England). Built in 1967 as a successor to Hale Barns: St. Paul and Ringway: St. Mary & All Saints.
  • Hale, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Henry Street. Built in 1880.
  • Hale, Unitarian Chapel, Warburton Green. Built in 1721.
  • Hale, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Ashley Road. Built in 1899.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Trafford (1974+)

Court Records

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

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Historical Geography

  • 1900 April 1 — Lost part to Ringway (pop. 491 in 1901)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Altrincham (2 acres, pop. 68 in 1931), Ashley (16 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) , Bowdon (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931), Ringway (971 acres, pop. 339 in 1931) and  Timperley (21 acres, pop. 8 in 1931), and lost part to Altrincham (34 acres, pop. 71 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-95)
  • Bucklow Rural District (1895-1900)
  • Hale Urban District (1900-74)
  • 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 (1948-74)