Place:Handforth, Cheshire, England

TypeUrban district
Coordinates53.35°N 2.217°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoHandforth with Bosden, Cheshire, Englandformer parish which included Handforth before 1877
Stockport Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1904|
Wilmslow, Cheshire, Englandtown into which it was absorbed in 1936
Macclesfield District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Cheshire East, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority covering the area since 2009
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Handforth is a suburban area between Wilmslow, Heald Green and Styal in Cheshire, England. In the 1960s and 1970s, two overspill housing estates, Spath Lane and Colshaw Farm, were built in the area to re-house people from inner city Manchester.

From 1866 until 1877 it was part of the combined civil parish of Handforth with Bosden. The two parishes became part of the Stockport Rural District from 1894 until 1904 when Handforth became an urban district. In 1936 it was incorporated into the parishes of Wilmslow and Cheadle and Gatley.

Wilmslow and its neighbouring villages, including Handforth, successfully objected from being part of the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester when it was formed in 1974. From 1974 until the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, Handforth was administered by the Macclesfield Borough Council and Cheshire County Council. On 1 April 2009 it became part of the Cheshire East unitary authority.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Handforth. There is a long section on its history.

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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