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Heaton Norris, Lancashire

Historical Description

Heaton Norris, a township in Lancashire, containing seven parishes witliin the borders of the ancient parish of Manchester. The township is suburban to Stockport, and stands on the verge of Lancashire, on the river Mersey, on the L. & N.W. and Cheshire Lines, at the terminus of the Ashton, Manchester, and Oldham Canal, 5¾ miles SSE of Manchester. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.) under Stockport, besides five railway stations, several good hotels, seven parish and three mission churches, and several dissenting chapels. Seven bridges, one a foot bridge, connect it with Stockport. A viaduct, 1780 feet long, 108 high, with twenty-two arches, erected at a cost of £75, 000, takes the L. & N.W.R. across the Mersey. An extensive luggage depot is connected with the N.W.R. station. Christ Church was built in 1846; is a handsome edifice in the Pointed style; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with an elegant spire. The Wycliffe Congregational Chapel is an ornamental Gothic structure. The town shares generally in the trade of Stockport, and has large cotton factories, iron foundries, machine works, rope works, and saw mills. The greater part of the township is in the county borough of Stockport, and includes Broomfield, Grundy Hill, Heaton Mersey, and Shawfold. Area of entire township, 2116 acres; population, 23, 532. All the livings are rectories in the diocese of Manchester. St Thomas' Heaton Chapel (1765); value,, £490 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Manchester. Christ Church (1846); value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Manchester. St John the Baptist, Heaton Mersey (1850); value, £280 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. St Mary's, Reddish (1815); value, £300 with residence. St Paul's, Heaton Moor (1877); value, £365. St Elizabeth, Reddish (1883); value,, £258 with residence. Patron, Sir W. H. Houlds-worth, Bart., M.P. All Saints, Heaton Norris (1888); value, £270. Patron, the Bishop.

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 CountyLancashire 
Civil parishManchester 
Poor Law unionStockport 

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Church Records, in association with Lancashire Archives, have images of the Parish Registers for Lancashire online.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtSK4
Post TownStockport