Place:Northen Etchells, Cheshire, England

NameNorthen Etchells
Alt namesBrownlow Greensource: hamlet in parish
Cross Acressource: hamlet in parish
Crossacressource: hamlet in parish
Hey Headsource: hamlet in parish
Heyheadsource: hamlet in parish
Moss Nooksource: hamlet in parish
Peel Hall (Wythenshawe)source: hamlet in parish
Poundswicksource: hamlet in parish
Royal Thornsource: hamlet in parish
Sharstonsource: hamlet in parish
Woodhouse Parksource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.388°N 2.256°W
Located inCheshire, England     ( - 1931)
Also located inLancashire, England     (1931 - 1974)
Greater Manchester, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStockport, Cheshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Northenden, Cheshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Macclesfield Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Bucklow Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1931
Manchester, Lancashire, Englandcounty borough to which it was transferred in 1931
Wythenshawe, Lancashire, Englanddistrict of Manchester to which it was transferred
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Northen Etchells was a township which existed in Cheshire, England from the Middle Ages until 1894. It was part of both Stockport and Northenden ancient parishes in the Macclesfield Hundred. Northen Etchells and Stockport Etchells were collectively called Etchells and often administered together from the 16th to 18th centuries.

"Northen" is an old name for Northenden and "Etchells" came from Anglo-Saxon ēcels = "land added to an estate".

Northen Etchells covered the rural area that includes much of modern-day Wythenshawe. As late as 1872, Northen Etchells was a township of moderately-sized farms and clusters of labourers' cottages around the hamlets of Brownlow Green, Crossacres, Heyhead, Moss Nook, Peel Hall, Poundswick, Royal Thorn, Sharston Woodhouse Park.

To the north of Northen Etchells was the township (and former ancient parish) of Northenden. Stockport Etchells lay to the east, Styal to the south with Baguley and Altrincham townships to the west. Today it might be described as just to the northeast of Manchester's Ringway Airport.

In 1894 Northen Etchells became a civil parish in Bucklow Rural District Council. The population was 646 in 1801, 680 in 1851, and 738 in 1901.

The civil parish was abolished, along with Northenden parish, in 1931 to become part of Manchester in Lancashire named Wythenshawe. The reason for this is explained in the Wikipedia] article on Northenden. (An inspection of this 1944 Ordnance Survey map is recommended to understand how close Manchester was to this part of Cheshire.)

There is a description of the community of Heyhead at the bottom of Wikipedia's article on Wythenshawe.

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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GENUKI also provided some of the above information