Place:Gatley, Cheshire, England

Coordinates53.383°N 2.233°W
Located inCheshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inGreater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoCheadle and Gatley, Cheshire, Englandurban district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Stockport (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
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Gatley is a suburban area and the most westerly vicinity of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is approximately three miles (5 km) from Manchester Airport, five miles (8 km) from Stockport town centre, and seven miles (11 km) from Manchester city centre. It is separated from its slightly larger neighbour, Cheadle, by the A34 and from Didsbury by the River Mersey.

To the south, Gatley borders onto Heald Green, with Grasmere Road and Yew Tree Grove marking the southern boundary. To the west and north-west, it meets Wythenshawe.

The township of Stockport Etchells, covering Gatley and much of the area now in Heald Green (the area being based on previous ecclesiastical parishes) gained administrative responsibilities in the 16th century, as the old powers of the lord of the manor waned, and manoral rule became more by consent and custom. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Stockport Etchells and Northen Etchells were frequently administered together as Etchells.

The townships of Stockport Etchells, Cheadle Moseley and Cheadle Bulkeley were merged into the Cheadle and Gatley Urban District in 1894. From 1894 until 1974, Gatley was a part of the urban district of Cheadle and Gatley, within the historic county boundaries of Cheshire.

In 1974 the Urban Districts in Stockport were abolished and Cheadle and Gatley Urban District became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in the administrative county of Greater Manchester.

Local Parish Churches

GENUKI provides the following information

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.

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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