HALE, a township, in the parish of Bowdon, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester, 2½ miles (S. E.) from Altrincham; containing 974 inhabitants. The manor was anciently parcel of the barony of Dunham-Massey. In the reign of Henry VI. a moiety of it became the property of Sir Robert Booth, and subsequently descended with Dunham-Massey to the earls of Stamford and Warrington; the other moiety came to Sir Thomas Stanley as heir to the Stranges, and has for more than 150 years been in the family of Crewe. The township lies on the east side of the river Bollin, and comprises 3679 acres, of which three-fourths are of a clayey soil, and onefourth sandy: 50 acres are waste land or common. The tithes have been commuted for £97 payable to the vicar, and £323 to the Bishop of Chester. There is a place of worship for Unitarians.