Place:Bredbury, Cheshire, England

Alt namesButterhouse Greensource: hamlet in parish
Castle Hallsource: hamlet in parish
Hatherlowsource: hamlet in parish
Woodleysource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.417°N 2.117°W
Located inCheshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStockport, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township
Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bredbury and Romiley, Cheshire, Englandurban district in which it was located 1894-1936
Bredbury and Romiley, Cheshire, Englandcivil parish in which it was located 1936-1974
Stockport (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Bredbury is a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England, located south east of Manchester, east of Stockport and south west of Hyde. At the 2001 census it had a population of 15,126. At the 2011 census the population had decreased to 13,593.

The village reaches to the lower southern slopes of Werneth Low, an outlier of the Peak District between the valleys of the River Tame and River Goyt, head-waters of the River Mersey.


There is a long account of the history of Bredbury in Wikipedia. It mentions some of the early landowners, such as the Fitz-Waltheofs of Stockport, by name. There has been an attempt to trace the families of some of these people here in WeRelate.

Bredbury Administrative History

GENUKI provides the following information

Bredbury was a township in Stockport ancient parish in Macclesfield Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. The township and subsequent civil parish included the hamlets of Butterhouse Green, Castle Hall, Hatherlow and Woodley. The population was 1,358 in 1801, 2,991 in 1851, 4,691 in 1901, and 7,154 in 1931.

The parish church for Bredbury was St. Mary the Virgin in Stockport until 1846 when St. Mark's was founded in Bredbury.

From 1894 until 1936 Bredbury was a civil parish in the Bredbury and Romiley Urban District. In 1936 Bredbury and Romiley joined to create a single civil parish and Bredbury was abolished. A small part of the area was transferred to Marple.

Research Tips

  • The GENUKI and UKBMD pages on Cheshire and its parishes point to many other sources of information on places within the county. The many small parishes and townships that existed before 1866 are treated individually as well as the larger towns and conurbations.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time provides a series of maps from the Ordnance Survey illustrating the towns and villages of Cheshire and also the borders between parishes. The following group of maps provide views of the county at various dates, illustrating the changes in administrative structure.
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies have organized a facility to compare 19th century maps (including tithe maps circa 1830) with modern Ordnance Survey maps. These are available for every civil parish. The detail is very magnified and it is difficult to read any placenames on the older maps. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are the local keepers of historical material for the county.
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