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"HYDE, a chapelry in the parish of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Stockport, containing 3355 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, and in the patronage of the Rector of Stockport. A chapel is in progress of erection, towards defraying the expense of which, the commissioners for building churches have granted £4500; the site was given by George Clarke, Esq. There are places of worship for Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, and Unitarians. Several large Sunday schools are attached to these places of worship, supported by voluntary contributions, and another on an extensive scale is now being erected by subscription, as an appendage to the Independent chapel. So early as the reign of John, this township was in part owned by a family bearing the name of Hyde, a descendant of which was the great Lord Chancellor Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. It remained until within a few years since a mere agricultural district; thinly inhabited, but has since, by the establishment of the cotton manufacture, become a rapidly increasing township, which has also been greatly facilitated by a new communication with Manchester, effected by means of an act of parliament obtained in 1818. In this village and neighbourhood are some of the largest spinning and power-loom establishments in the kingdom, giving employment to nearly five thousand persons; an additional conveyance has also been made to Manchester by water, by the Peak Forest canal, which passes through this place, and unites with the Ashton canal: there are extensive coal mines in the vicinity. One of the county magistrates sits twice a week for the transaction of business: constables and other officers are appointed at the court leet of the King's Forest and manor of Macclesfield. The court baron of Hyde and Haughton is held at Hyde Hall. A literary and scientific institution was established in May, 1821, and a mechanics' institute in 1827." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Hyde was a township in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9694), 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 Backbower, Gee Cross, Haughton and Kingston.
  • The population was 1063 in 1801, 11569 in 1851, 23668 in 1901, 31494 in 1951, and 34602 in 2001.


  • Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Hyde.
  • Hyde: St. George (Church of England). Built in 1832 as a chapel to Stockport: St. Mary, becoming the district church for Hyde in 1843.
  • Hyde: St. Thomas (Church of England). The district church for part of Hyde from 1846.
  • Godley cum Newton Green: St. John the Baptist (Church of England). The district church for Godley from 1847.
  • Gee Cross: Holy Trinity (Church of England). Built in 1874 as a chapel to St. George, and the district church for part of Hyde from 1880.
  • Newton Flowery Field: St. Stephen (Church of England). The district church for part of Hyde from 1891.
  • Hyde: St. Paul (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1848.
  • Hyde, Friends' Meeting House (Quaker), Chapel Street. Built in 1873.
  • Hyde, Baptist Union Chapel, Chapel Street/Union Street. Built in 1869.
  • Hyde, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), Reginald Street.
  • Hyde, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Hoviley Brow. Built in 1813. Registers of baptisms 1848-1934 and marriages 1909-1953 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Hyde, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), New Street. Founded in 1823. Registers 1820-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Hyde, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Norfolk Street. Built in 1850.
  • Hyde, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), George Street. Built in 1858.
  • Gee Cross, Methodist Chapel, Joel Lane (Primitive). Registers of marriages 1910-1969 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Hyde, Spiritualist Church, George Street.
  • Gee Cross, Unitarian Chapel. Founded in 1708, Built in 1846.
  • Hyde, Unitarian Chapel. Built in 1878. Later undenominational.
  • Hyde, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Union Street. Founded in 1814, Built in 1822, rebuilt in 1843. Registers 1822-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Hyde, United Reformed (Zion) Church (Independent/Congregational), Stockport Road. Built in 1847.

For churches and chapels in the areas added in 1894, 1923 and 1936, see also Compstall, Dukinfield, Godley, Hattersley, Matley, Newton (near Hyde) and Werneth.

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Civil Registration

  • Stockport (1837-1937)
  • Hyde (1937-74)
  • Tameside (1974+)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-48)
  • Hyde (County) (1848-93)
  • Hyde (Borough) (1893-1971)
  • North East Cheshire (1971-74)
  • South Tameside (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1894 September 30 — Gained part of Werneth (pop. 1773 in 1901)
  • 1923 October 1 — Gained the whole of Godley (645 acres, pop. 1735 in 1921) and Newton (near Hyde)(869 acres, pop. 7715 in 1921)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Compstall (120 acres, pop. 61 in 1931), Dukinfield (less than 1 acre, pop. 17 in 1931), Hattersley (722 acres, pop. 99 in 1931) and Matley (307 acres, pop. 97 in 1931), and lost parts to Bredbury & Romiley (24 acres, pop. 20 in 1931) and Dukinfield (16 acres, pop. 16 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Hyde Urban Sanitary District (1875-81)
  • Hyde Municipal Borough (1881-1974)
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Hyde (1867-85)
  • Stalybridge & Hyde (1885-1974)