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Northenden or Northen, Cheshire

Historical Description

Northenden or Northen, a village, a township, and a parish in Cheshire. The village stands on the river Mersey, at the boundary with Lancashire, 4 miles NE of Altrincham, 5 W of Stockport, and 6 S of Manchester. It is a scattered place, has a station on the Cheshire Lines railway, and a post and money order office under Manchester; telegraph office at the railway station. The township comprises 1437 acres; population, 1560. The parish contains also the township of Etchells or Etchells in Northenden, and comprises 3759 acres; population of civil parish, 2318; of ecclesiastical, 2347. There is a parish council for Northenden consisting of twelve members, and one for Etchells consisting of nine members. The manor, with Wythenshawe Hall, belongs to the Tatton family. The hall is an ancient mansion, was garrisoned for the king in the Civil Wars of Charles I., and was captured by the Parliamentarian troops in Feb. 1643. Sharston Hall, Rose Hill, Ravenswood, and Holly House, are the chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester; gross value, £500 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church was rebuilt in 1875, but retains an Early English tower and contains some tablets to the Tattons. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCheshire 
Ecclesiastical parishNorthen St. Wilfrid 
Poor Law unionAltrincham 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cheshire is available to browse.


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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580 is available on the Heraldry page.