Cheadle is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Cheadle Moseley, Huntley, Handforth St Chad, Handforth cum Bosden, Handforth, Freehay, Oakamoor, Cheadle Mill, Cheadle Grange, Cheadle Bulkeley, Brookistone, and Bosden.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:


  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1610

Handforth St Chad

  • Parish registers: 1840
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Cheadle, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Stockport district, Cheshire. The village stands near the river Mersey, 2 miles NW of the junction of the Macclesfield and Congleton railway with the Manchester and Crewe railway, and 2 ¼ WSW of Stockport. The parish includes also the townships of Cheadle-Bulkeley and Cheadle-Moseley, and the hamlet of Handforth-cum-Bosden; and has a station at the junction of the railways, and a post-office under Manchester. Acres, 6,275. Real property, £37,209. Pop., 10,852. Houses, 2,301. The property is much subdivided. Cheadle Wood and Cheadle Heath are chief residences. Many of the inhabitants are employed in cotton and silk mills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £635. Patron, Sir H. D. Broughton, Bart. The church is later English. Handford chapel is a separate charge; and there is a chapel of ease at Cheadle-Hulme. There are also chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics. An Independent chapel, in the decorated English style, was built in 1861, at a cost of £2,000. The sub-district does not contain all the parish, and includes a township of Stockport. Pop., 4,941. Houses, 1,006.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHEADLE (St. Mary), a parish, partly in the union of Stockport, and partly in that of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, 7 miles (S.) from Manchester; containing 10,145 inhabitants, of whom 5463 are in Cheadle-Bulkeley, 2288 in Cheadle-Moseley, and 2394 in Handforth with Bosden. The parish comprises by measurement 5469 acres, chiefly arable and pasture land; of these, 1666 acres are in Cheadle-Bulkeley, and 2745 in Cheadle-Moseley. The village, situated near the Mersey, is remarkable for the beauty and salubrity of its situation, and its neat appearance. The chief employment of the inhabitants of the parish is the spinning, bleaching, and printing of cotton. The Manchester and Birmingham railway passes through Cheadle-Bulkeley, and the Macclesfield branch diverges from it there; another railway, from Birkenhead, joining the Manchester and Birmingham railway at Stockport, also passes through a part of the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £13. 0. 7½.; net income, £635; patron, the Rev. D. Broughton: there is a good rectory-house, with a small glebe. The church is principally in the later English style, with aisles and a tower, and contains some monuments of the Brereton and Bulkeley families. Parts of the screen-work in one of the chapels, and the roof of the chancel, are supposed to belong to a church much older; the date of 1369 can be traced. A church has been built at Handforth. There are places of worship for Methodists and Roman Catholics. A school at Cheadle-Moseley, built by subscription, was endowed by Mr. J. Robinson, in 1785, with three acres of land. A neat Church of England school, near the church, is supported by subscription; and opposite the chapel is a Roman Catholic school.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Cheadle Bulkeley

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Cheadle-Bulkeley, a township in Cheadle parish, Cheshire; on the Manchester and Crewe railway, 4 ¼ miles SW by S of Stockport. It includes Cheadle-Hulme, which has a post-office under Stockport, and a chapel-of-ease. Acres, 1,842. Real property, £19,555. Pop., 6,115. Houses, 1,317. Races are run on an oval course of ¾ of a mile. The chapel-of-ease in Cheadle-Hulme was built in 1863; is in the decorated English style; and consists of nave, chancel, and south transept, with vestry and timber belfry.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Cheadle Moseley

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Cheadle-Moseley, a township in Cheadle parish, Cheshire; on the Manchester and Crewe railway, 3 miles S by W of Stockport. Acres, 2,652. Real property, £9, 688. Pop., 2,329. Houses, 490.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


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  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Stockport
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 – Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory), Post-1540 – Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre-1541 – Lichfield and Coventry, Post-1540 – Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Macclesfield
  • Poor Law Union: Stockport
  • Hundred: Macclesfield; Stockport Borough
  • Province: York

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