Stockport Etchells covered the rural area that includes modern-day Gatley, Heald Green. Hamlets in Stockport Etchells included Bolshaw, Gatley Green, High Grove, Long Lane, and Pimgate. The population was 623 in 1801, 805 in 1851, and 1,776 in 1901.
Stockport Etchells existed as a township from the Middle Ages until 1894, when it was merged with the townships of Cheadle-Bulkeley and Cheadle-Moseley to form the Cheadle and Gatley Urban District. The urban district has been since 1974 part of Stockport Metropolitan Borough in Greater Manchester, England.
Stockport Etchells and Northen Etchells were collectively called Etchells and often administered together from the 16th to 18th centuries.
St. Mary the Virgin, the parish church (Church of England) in Stockport was the ancient parish church for the township of Stockport Etchells. From 1839 St. Thomas's Church in Stockport was the district church for Stockport Etchells. In 1882 St. James the Apostle Church in Gatley became the district church. A Congregational chapel was founded in 1778 in Gatley. Registers of baptisms 1779-1944 and burials 1823-1950 are at Manchester Central Library.