Place:Norbury (near Stockport), Cheshire, England

NameNorbury (near Stockport)
Alt namesNorbury
Hazel Grovesource: name after 1900
Hessel Gravesource: hamlet in parish
Bullock Smithysource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.367°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
Stockport Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1900
Hazel Grove and Bramhall, Cheshire, Englandurban district of which it was a part (as Hazel Grove) 1900-1974
Stockport (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

GENUKI provides the following information

Norbury was a township in Stockport ancient parish in Macclesfield Hundred which became a civil parish in 1866. From 1894 it formed part of the Stockport Rural District.

The civil parish was abolished in 1900 to become part of Hazel Grove and Bramhall Urban District and the name Norbury was replaced by Hazel Grove. It included part of the village of High Lane (redirected to Marple. The population was 592 in 1801, 848 in 1851, and 1,679 in 1901.

The urban district was abolished in 1974 and Norbury has since been located in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester.

Hazel Grove

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Hazel Grove is a suburb within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is located close to the Peak District national park. Until 1974 Hazel Grove was in Cheshire.

Until 1836 the area was known as Bullock Smithy; however, this name was unpopular with its residents and so the settlement was renamed Hazel Grove, possibly due to the large number of hazel trees found in the locale, though more probably from a small hamlet towards High Lane called Hessel Grave.

The village was part of the civil parish of Norbury.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Hazel Grove.

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.