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"LYME-HANDLEY, a township in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 7 ½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Macclesfield, containing 253 inhabitants. Lyme Hall, the principal seat of the family of Legh, is a quadrangular building of white grit-stone: the more ancient part of it was erected about the end of the reign of Elizabeth; the south and west fronts are of the Ionic order, from a design by Leoni. In the park there are deer, the flesh of which is of a superior flavour and quality, produced, probably, by the peculiar nature of the herbage upon which they feed." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Lyme Handley was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9682), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Middlecote, Pott Wood and Sponds.
  • The population was 222 in 1801, 264 in 1851, 242 in 1901, 174 in 1951, and 151 in 2001.

Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1998)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1915)
  • Macclesfield (1918-74)