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"WERNITH, a township in the parish of STOCKPORT, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 4¼ miles (E. N. E.) from Stockport, containing 1804 inhabitants, most of whom are employed in the manufacture of hats and cotton goods, with calicoprinting. Gee-Cross, so named from a cross erected there by the family of Gee, is the most considerable village in the township; it consists of a spacious street half a mile in length, on the high road from Stockport to Mottram in Longdendale, and is intersected by the Peak Forest canal. There is a place of worship for Unitarians, with an extensive cemetery and a Sunday school attached. A court baron is annually held; and there are fairs for cattle, on April 28th and November 20th. Coal and freestone are plentiful in this township. From a hill, called Wernith Lee, which is enclosed and cultivated to its summit, are most extensive and varied prospects, including views of Manchester, Stockport, Ashton under Line, Oldham, Mottram in Longdendale, &c., bounded by the Cheshire and Derbyshire mountains." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Werneth was a township in Stockport ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9592), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was renamed Compstall in 1897.
  • The population was 1152 in 1801 and 3635 in 1851.

For the period after 1897, see Compstall.


  • Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Werneth.
  • Werneth: St. Paul (Church of England). The district church for Werneth from 1841.
  • Gee Cross: Holy Trinity (Church of England). The district church for part of Werneth from 1880.
  • Werneth, Brunswick Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1826. Registers 1826-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Registers of marriages 1905-1953 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Werneth, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Registers of marriages 1909-1964 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Werneth, Unitarian Chapel.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Werneth Low area or see them printed on a map.


Civil Registration

  • Stockport (1837-97)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-48)
  • Hyde (County) (wholly, 1848-93 and 1894-97 ; partly, 1893-94) *
  • Hyde (Borough) (partly, 1893-94) *

* The part in Hyde (Borough) (1893-94) became part of Hyde civil parish in 1894.

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Historical Geography

  • 1894 September 30 — Lost the part in Hyde Municipal Borough to Hyde (pop. 1773 in 1901)
  • 1897 September 30 — Renamed as Compstall (pop. in 1901)

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Politics and Government

  • Stockport Rural Sanitary District (wholly, 1875-81 ; partly, 1881-94)
  • Hyde Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1881-94) *
  • Hyde Municipal Borough (partly, 1881-94) *
  • Stockport Rural District (1894-97)

* The part in Hyde Municipal Borough (1881-94) and Hyde Urban Sanitary District (1881-94) became part of Hyde civil parish in 1894.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Stockport (1837-97)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Hyde (1885-97)