Cheadle Hulme has been since 1974 a town of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is 2.3 miles (3.7 km) southwest of Stockport and 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southeast of the city of Manchester. It lies in the Ladybrook Valley on the Cheshire Plain, and the drift consists mostly of boulder clay, sands and gravels. As of the 2001 census, it had a population of 29,000.
Unlike many English villages it did not grow around a church; instead it formed from several hamlets, many of which retain their names as neighbourhoods within Cheadle Hulme. In the late 19th century Cheadle Hulme was united with Cheadle, Gatley and other neighbouring places to form the urban district of Cheadle and Gatley. This district was abolished in 1974 and Cheadle Hulme became a distinct place in its own right, as part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.
The area was acquired by the Moseley family in the 17th century and became known as Cheadle Moseley. The name "Cheadle Moseley" continued to be used for the area, and appeared on tithes and deeds until the 20th century.
Immediately prior to 1974 Cheadle Hulme was located in the county of Cheshire. However, the boundary between Cheshire and Lancashire in this area has been moved several times over the past two centuries. A discussion of the changes is to be found in under "Governance" in the Wikipedia article. This can be compared with the map from A Vision of Britain through Time referenced below.