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"HANDFORTH, a township, joint with Boxden, in the parish of CHEADLE, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 6½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Stockport, containing 1745 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Handforth cum Bosden was a township in Cheadle and Stockport Parishes, Macclesfield hundred, which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • In 1877 the two detached areas of Bosden and Handforth became separate civil parishes.
  • The population was 1034 in 1801 (with Bosden) and 2671 in 1851.

For the period after 1877, see Handforth and Bosden.


  • Cheadle: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Handforth cum Bosden.
  • Cheadle Hulme: All Saints (Church of England). The district church for part of Handforth cum Bosden from 1868.
  • Handforth: St. Chad (Church of England). Built in 1840 as a chapel to Cheadle: St. Mary. The district church for part of Handforth cum Bosden from 1877.
  • Handforth, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Wilmslow Road. Built in 1872.

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Civil Registration

  • Stockport (1837-77)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-77)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1877 December 17 — Abolished and divided between Bosden (492 acres, pop. 1962 in 1881) and Handforth (1311 acres, pop. 786 in 1881)

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Politics and Government

  • Stockport Rural Sanitary District (1875-77).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Stockport (1837-77)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-77)