Place:Heaton Norris, Lancashire, England

NameHeaton Norris
Alt namesHeaton-Norrissource: Family History Library Catalog
Heaton Strangewayssource: British History Online
TypeTownship, Chapelry, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.417°N 2.166°W
Located inLancashire, England     ( - 1913)
Also located inCheshire, England     (1913 - 1974)
Greater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStockport, Cheshire, Englandtown into which it was absorbed in 1913
Stockport (metropolitan borough), Greater Manchester, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 1974
Salford Hundred, Lancashire, England
Stockport Registration District, Cheshire, England


Township of Heaton Norris

Heaton Norris is a suburb in the metropolitan borough of Stockport, metropolitan county of Greater Manchester, England. It was historically a township in the parish of Manchester and county of Lancashire. The township stretched from Cringle Brook on the north to the River Mersey on the south; the highest ground was in the south, with a steep slope to the Mersey and a gentler decline to the north. The south-eastern portion had long been a suburb of Stockport, and was included in the Parliamentary borough in 1832 and in the municipal borough in 1835, forming a distinct ward. The central portion of the township, known as Heaton Chapel and Heaton Moor, also became urban. The hamlet of Heaton Mersey was in the southwest corner.[1]


From the survey of 1212 it appears that Heaton Norris was a member of the fee or barony of Manchester, and was assessed as two plough-lands. By Albert Grelley the younger it was granted, at a rent of 10s., to William le Norreys, whose heirs held the land in 1212. These heirs were probably the brothers Richard and Jordan le Norreys, who in 1196 made an agreement as to a division of their lands in Heaton, Chorlton, and Bradford, with Jordan receiving Heaton. Though the family gave a distinguishing name to the township and though Norris continued as a surname in it, the manor was surrendered to the lords of Manchester in about 1280. In 1282 Robert Grelley was found to have held part of it in demesne, and to have farmed 8 oxgangs of land (half the manor) in bondage. The only free tenant recorded at that time was Adam de Lever, who owed two pairs of gloves yearly. The manor was held of the Earl of Lancaster for the fourth part of a knight's fee.[2]

The manor continued in the Grelley and La Warre families until the 15th century, when it appears to have been granted to Sir James Strangeways, in this way acquiring the alternative name of Heaton Strangeways. In 1569 the manor was in the possession of Leonard and Edward Dacre, and was afterwards acquired by the Mosleys. An order concerning the bounds of the manor was made about 1596. In 1666 there were eighty-seven hearths liable to the tax, but no house in the township had more than four.[3]

The part of the township outside Stockport obtained a local board in 1872 (London Gazette, 23 April 1872); this became an urban district council, with twelve members. A small portion, 16 acres, was added to Stockport in 1901.

Parish of St Thomas, Heaton Norris

Within the ancient parish of Manchester, a chapel of ease dedicated to St Thomas was built in the township of Heaton Norris and consecrated on Monday, 29 July 1765.[4] In September 1838 the church was assigned a district chapelry comprised of the townships of Heaton Norris, Levenshulme and Reddish. The district was reduced with the formation of the district parish of St John, Heaton Mersey, by Order in Council, 2 February 1852 (London Gazette, 27 Feb. 1852). The district of Heaton Norris was separated from the parish of Manchester with boundaries defined by Order in Council, 8 June 1854 (London Gazette, 16 June 1854). The district was further reduced by the formation of the district of St Mary, Heaton Reddish, by Order in Council, 29 June 1865 (London Gazette, 30 June 1865), of the district of St Paul, Heaton Moor, by Order in Council, 18 April 1878 (London Gazette, 7 May 1878), and of the district of St Elisabeth, Reddish, by Order in Council, 26 June 1884 (London Gazette, 11 July 1884).

See also: Parish registers, 1769–1992; Bishop's transcripts, 1779–1839.

Civil Parish of Heaton Norris

Heaton Norris was a civil parish wholly within Lancashire until 1889 when the county boundary was adjusted so that the part of the civil parish included in the county borough of Stockport became a part of Cheshire. This part of Heaton Norris was transferred to the civil parish of Stockport on 31 December 1894, leaving it again wholly in Lancashire. Heaton Norris was further reduced on 9 November 1901 to enlarge Stockport and extend the county borough, and on 9 November 1913 it was reduced to enlarge the civil parish of South Manchester with the remainder of Heaton Norris being transferred from Lancashire to Cheshire. It was ultimately abolished on 1 April 1936 to enlarge the civil parish of Stockport.[5][6]

From Wikipedia

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Heaton Norris is now a suburban area of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is a constituent part of the Four Heatons, which also includes neighbours Heaton Chapel, Heaton Mersey and Heaton Moor. Until 1913 Heaton Norris was a parish of Lancashire. Heaton Norris Parish and Urban District (1894-1913) spanned the whole of the Four Heatons.

In 1835 part of the parish of Heaton Norris was annexed to neighbouring Stockport in Cheshire; Heaton Chapel and Heaton Moor remained in Lancashire, but further territory was ceded in 1894 and the remnant in 1913.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Heaton Norris.

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