NOTE: Werneth, Cheshire has been redirected here. There is another place called Werneth in Oldham, Lancashire (now also in Greater Manchester). It would appear that Werneth in Cheshire changed it name to Compstall around 1900.
According to A Vision of Britain through Time Werneth or Comsptall was part of Hyde Municipal Borough from 1881 to 1894, then a member of Stockport Rural District until 1902 when Compstall Urban District came into being. In 1936 the urban district was abolished to create Bredbury and Romiley Urban District. Bredbury and Romiley Urban District was absorbed into Stockport in Greater Manchester in 1974.
Werneth or Compstall started out as a sheep market but in 1804 a water driven calico printing business was established. This was the beginning of Compstall Mills, a large business whose buildings are still in existence with plans in hand to refurbish the site. (source:Wikipedia on Compstall).