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"ETCHELLS, a township partly in the parish of NORTHEN, or NORTHENDEN, and partly in that of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 3¾ miles (W. S. W.) from Stockport, containing 1525 inhabitants. There is a small free school." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Northen Etchells (or Northenden Etchells) was a township in the ancient parishes of Northenden and Stockport, Bucklow hundred (SJ 8289), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1931 to become part of Manchester (Lancashire).
  • It included the hamlets of Brownsley Green, Cross Acres, Heyhead, Moss Nook, Poundswick, Royal Thorn and Sharston.
  • The population was 646 in 1801, 680 in 1851, and 738 in 1901.


  • Northenden: St. Wilfrid (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the greater part (2317 acres) of the township of Northen Etchells.
  • Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). The ancient parish church for a small part (5 acres) of the township of Northen Etchells.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1936)
  • Manchester South (1936-39)
  • Manchester (1939+)


Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1931)
  • Manchester (1931+)

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Rural District (1894-95)
  • Bucklow Rural District (1895-1931)
  • Manchester County Borough (1931-74) *
  • Manchester Metropolitan Borough (1974+) *

* As part of the civil parish of Manchester (Lancashire, 1931-74 ; Greater Manchester, 1974+)


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Bucklow (1945-48)
  • Wythenshawe (1948-74)