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"TINTWISLE, a township in the parish of MOTTRAM in LONGDEN-DALE, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 9½ miles ( E.) from Stockport, containing 1580 inhabitants, who are mostly employed in the manufacture of cotton and woollen goods, and at the quarries of stone in the neighbourhood. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists, attached to which is a school attended by about four hundred children. Fairs for cattle are held, on May 2nd and November 1st, at the village, which is situated on an acclivity rising from the western bank of the river Etheron. This was anciently a borough, and had a court leet of its own; it is now only a member of the lordship of Mottram in Longden-Dale, and is within the jurisdiction of a court of requests held there, for the recovery of debts under 40s." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"WOODHEAD, a chapelry in the parish of MOTTRAM in LONGDEN-DALE, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 13¼ miles (E. N. E.) from Stockport. The population is returned with the parish. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction,and £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Chester. The chapel is a neat structure. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Tintwistle was a township in Mottram-in-Longdendale ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SK 0297), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been part of the county of Derbyshire.
  • It includes the hamlets of Arnfield and Woodhead.
  • The population was 1021 in 1801, 3027 in 1851, 1622 in 1901, and 1364 in 1951.


  • Mottram In Longdendale: St. Michael (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Tintwistle.
  • Woodhead: St. James (Church of England). Founded in 1724 as a chapel to Mottram in Longdendale: St. Michael, becoming a district church for part of Tintwistle in 1840.
  • Tintwistle: Christ Church (Church of England). The district church for part of Tintwistle from 1836.
  • Tintwistle, Ebenezer Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Old Road. Built in 1830. Registers of baptisms 1839-1956 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Tintwistle, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Founded in 1688. Registers 1747-1837 are at Manchester Central Library.

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Civil Registration

  • Ashton under Lyne (1837-1937)
  • Hyde (1937-74)
  • High Peak (1974+)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1848)
  • Hyde (County) (1848-1899)
  • Dukinfield (1899-1971)
  • North East Cheshire (1971-1974)
  • Glossop (1974+)

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • Ashton-under-Lyne Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Mossley Urban Sanitary Distrct (1875-85)
  • Mossley Municipal Borough (1885-94)
  • Tintwistle Rural District (1894-1974)
  • High Peak [Derbyshire] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Ashton under Lyne

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Hyde (1885-1915)
  • Stalybridge & Hyde (1915-74)