ETCHELLS, a township, in the parish of Northen, union of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, 5½ miles (S. W.) from Stockport; containing 727 inhabitants. The manor was anciently in the Stockports, from whom it passed by female heirs to the Aldernes and Stanleys; and on the attainder of Sir William Stanley, it became vested in the crown: after some temporary grants, it was sold by King Philip and Queen Mary to Robert Tatton, ancestor of Wilbraham Egerton, Esq. The township lies west of the road from Cheadle to Wilmslow, and comprises 2221 acres, of a sandy and clayey soil. The tithes have been commuted for £213. 6. 5., payable to the rector of Northen. There is a small free school.