Bredbury is a suburban town within the Metropolitan Borough of
Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England, 7.9 miles (12.7 km)
south-east of Manchester, 1.8 miles (2.9 km) east of Stockport
and 3.2 miles (5.1 km) south-west of Hyde. At the 2001 census it
had a population of 15,126. At the 2011 census the population had
decreased to 13,593.
The town reaches to the lower southern slopes of Werneth Low, an
outlier of the
Peak District between the valleys of the River Tame and
River Goyt, head-waters of the River Mersey.
1.1 Iron Age
1.2 Roman occupation
1.3 Middle Ages
1.4 Modern era
1.5 Industrial Revolution
1.6 20th century
3.1 Arden Hall
Bredbury Old School
3.5 Goyt Hall
3.6 Harrytown Hall
6 Religious sites
7 Notable people
7.1 John Agecroft
7.2 Edward McLellan
7.3 Thomas Platt
8 See also
9.1 Further reading
10 External links
The area must have been unattractive to the
Brigantes settlers in
pre-Roman Britain, with its bleak hilltop, the heavy clay soil of the
intermediate land probably covered by trees and becoming marshy where
the slopes flattened out, and the swampy valley floors. The rivers
flowed more fully before their waters were dammed in the 19th century
to supply Manchester,
Stockport and other towns. However, where the
valley of the
River Goyt narrows at New Bridge, passage was possible,
and here an ancient highway entered the village to proceed along the
higher land to the north-east.
The Romans surveyed and constructed a road between the forts of
Mamucium (Manchester) and
Ardotalia (Melandra Castle at Gamesley) over
this ancient track and this in turn became an 18th-century turnpike
road and the
Skegness trunk road, the A560.
Some years ago[when?] a Roman coin was dug up on the edge of the road
Bredbury railway station
Bredbury railway station and St Mark's Church. The coin long
antedates any Roman occupation of this part of the country, and may
either have been lost when held as a souvenir or have been brought
over from the continent in the course of trade.
As with the majority of hills, rivers and other natural features in
this area, the names of the River Tame and
Werneth Low are of Celtic
origin. The name
Bredbury is Anglo-Saxon and probably dates from the
first permanent settlement. Names found in nearby villages suggest
that Norse invaders found their way into the district, probably during
the 10th century.
Bredbury comprised farm land bought by Lord Danton in 1014. There is
no mention of Lord Danton's manor, but the 'lord' of
Bredbury was the
pre-conquest Anglo-Saxon thane, Wulfric. It is likely that William the
Conqueror's army, on its march from
Yorkshire to subdue the rebellion
at Chester, followed the main highway. Virtually all the townships on
the way were systematically looted, part of the Harrying of the North.
Bredbury seems to have been an exception, for reasons which are
unclear, but the army apparently crossed the hill into Romiley, which
although not on the direct route, is duly described as "waste" in the
Domesday Book of 1086.
Bredbury itself was mentioned briefly in the
Domesday Book as being several hundred acres of land. The only
occupants listed were a duck and a sheep. Its value was placed at
Bredbury passed from the hands of Sir Richard de Vernon to the Mascis
of Dunham, under whom it was held by the Fitz-Waltheofs of Stockport.
A charter granted by the third Hamon de Masci, lord of Dunham, who
died about the end of the reign of King John, confirms the ownership
of lands in
Bredbury to the Fitz-Waltheofs, and is of special interest
because it affords an insight into the working of the feudal system of
the period. A translation of the charter runs as follows:
And I, Hamo, regrant to Robert, the son of Waltheof,
Brinnington, with their appurtenances, as his inheritance, to him and
his heirs, to hold of me and my heirs, by the service of carrying my
bed, my arms or my clothing, whenever the Earl of
Chester in his own
proper person shall go to Wales. And I, Hamo, will fully furnish
Robert, the sone of Waltheof, and his heirs, with a sumpter beast and
a man and a sack, and we will find estovers (sufficient food) whilst
he is with us in the field, until he shall be returned, to the said
Robert or his heirs. And Robert, the son of Waltheof, shall pay to
ransom my body from captivity and detention, and to make my eldest son
a knight, and to give my eldest daughter a marriage portion, in
consideration of which Robert has given me a gold ring.
The conditions laid down in this charter were usual under the feudal
system, when military expeditions into Wales were no uncommon tasks
for the Earl of
Chester and his underlords.
By a general inquisition of tenures, taken 10 May 1288, to determine
the services due to Edward I in the Welsh Wars, it was found that
"Richard de Stokeport holds
Bredbury of Hamo de Masci" and "makes
service to our Lord the King with one uncaparisoned horse".
Some time during the 14th century the manor of
sub-divided into two portions, the larger of which was held by the
Bredburys, and passed from them, by marriage with an heiress, to the
Ardernes. The remaining portion ultimately came into the possession of
the Davenports of Henbury.
It would appear, however, that the manor of
Bredbury was still held by
the Stokeports, for in the inquisition post mortem of Isabel, daughter
and heiress of Sir Richard de Stokeport, taken in 1370, it was found
that the manor of Bredbury, with its appurtenances, was held from
Roger Lestrange, lord of Dunham Massey, by knight's service, and that
it was worth 100 shillings per annum.
In the same year, another inquisition was taken on the death of Hugh
de Davenport, which records that he died "seised of two parts of the
manor of Bredbury, and of land in
Romiley and Werneth" and that Thomas
de Davenport was his son and heir, aged 12 years. These lands remained
in the possession of the Davenports for several generations The manor
house of the Davenports in
Bredbury was Goyt Hall on the banks of the
During the Middle Ages the wealth of the Kingdom of
largely from the export of wool to the Netherlands, but the district
had no share in this prosperity. By Tudor times, however, conditions
had changed. Continental trade had been ruined by the Dutch War of
Independence and home production of cloth was encouraged. By this time
too, the wolves of
Longdendale had been exterminated. Great flocks of
sheep grazed on the moors and hillsides of the district, sheep farmers
and weavers prospered, and established families such as the Ardernes
and, at nearby Marple, the Bradshaws became wealthy and influential.
The local industries based on thesheep farming, in the absence of
ready water power, remained domestic – mainly handloom weaving and
the making of felt hats.
A schedule of owners of lands in the township shows that two lords of
the manor in 1661 were Sir Fulke Lucy of Henbury and John Arderne of
Bredbury, and that in 1672 Sir John Arderne owned Arden Hall, whilst
Sir Fulke Lucy owned Goyt Hall. Shortly after this date the
Davenports' portion of the manor of
Bredbury appears to have been
purchased by Sir John Arderne of Arden Hall, who thus acquired the
Until the beginning of the 19th century, a
Court Baron was held for
the lordship under the title of the Court of the Manor of
The main road continued to be of importance, particularly for the
transport of salt from Cheshire, throughout medieval times. In the
17th century there were as many as twelve smithies in Bredbury. Since
one blacksmith usually satisfied the needs of any one township, it
would appear that so many craftsmen were needed to shoe the packhorses
which moved in long processions through the village.
In 1754, the population of
Bredbury is recorded as being 597. The
district was until quite late in the 19th century little more than a
group of hamlets, including Barrack Hill, Harrytown and Hatherlow, but
Industrial Revolution brought a number of cotton mills, some of
which depended on the water power provided by the head-streams of the
River Mersey, and the
Peak Forest Canal
Peak Forest Canal along which more mills were
The weir at Otterspool was intended to provide water power for an
industrial estate along the banks of the River Goyt.
The days of the great local landowners ended in the early 19th
century. William Arden, 2nd Lord Alvanley, succeeded to the Arden
estates on the death of his uncle, John Arden, in July 1823. He was a
bachelor who had spent his life in the circle of the Prince Regent,
building up heavy debts in expectation of his inheritance. Within a
month of getting the estates he had sold Underbank Hall in Stockport,
and in 1825 most of the
Bredbury lands were sold in lots, realising in
three days nearly GB£154,000. There was a final sale, including the
mansion of Arden Hall in 1833. William Arden was succeeded by his
brother Richard Arden, on whose death in 1857 the barony became
extinct. The long connection of the Arden family had been broken, and
for the next century most of the old manor lands were held by a small
number of families, including the Horsfields, Hudsons and Vaudreys,
until it became profitable to sell to building developers.
At the sale of the
Bredbury estate, an area lying along the River Goyt
was purchased by a Mr Marsden, who built a weir at Otterspool and
planned to use water power to develop the valley from there to New
Bridge as an industrial estate. However, he failed to secure the water
rights. and by the time the lengthy legal proceedings were completed
water power had been superseded by steam power.
Population (including Woodley village)
The construction of the
Peak Forest Canal
Peak Forest Canal by Samuel Oldknow, under the
direction of Benjamin Outram, opened in sections in the 1790s and
first decade of the 19th century, had a striking effect on the
village. On the one hand it provided a water supply and the transport
of raw materials, fuel and finished products for the new mills. On the
other hand, it made possible the importing of lime from
agricultural improvement. The green fields and rich crops of the local
farms were remarked upon by visitors, and with easy transport to the
growing markets of
Stockport local agriculture was
prosperous in the period following the
Napoleonic Wars when elsewhere
in the country there was rural depression.
Bredbury railway station
The coming of the railways led to further industrial development, a
steady growth of population and the fusing of the separate settlements
into the village of Bredbury. The first line was the Manchester,
Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway branch from Hyde Junction, which
was opened to Hyde in 1858 and extended to Marple on 5 August 1862.
Stockport and Woodley Junction line, opened on 12 January 1863,
was amalgamated into the
Cheshire Lines Committee on 5 July 1865. The
Romiley Junction to
Bredbury Junction and Ashburys were
opened on 1 April 1875 and 2 August 1875, respectively, and on the
latter date the branch from
Reddish Junction was
opened. On 1 February 1867,
Midland Railway trains began to run
through the village, as part of the
Sheffield and Midland Railway
Companies' Committee, to
London Road, at first via Hyde and
later via Reddish. The terminus was transferred to
in 1880, trains running via
Stockport Tiviot Dale.
There are now few traces of the coal mining that went back to the 17th
century at least and in the 19th century was one of the bases of life
in the village. The last colliery closed in 1926 and spoil heaps were
levelled at Ashton Road and
Stockport Road East in the 1960s to make
way for new industrial development. Brick-making too was carried on in
the village, with Jacksons Brickworks at Ashton Road surviving into
the 1970s, and there were several large hat works, the last of which
closed in 1958.
Exors of James Mills were manufacturers of steel products for over 100
years, the company growing from a small building employing two men to
Steelworks on Lower Bents Lane, which at its height
employed over 2,000 people. In the early part of the 20th century, the
company began to roll steel and to produce bright steel, at one point
becoming the largest producer of bright steel outside the United
States. Other products were added from time to time, including cotters
for locomotives and rolling stock, engineer's keys, taper pins,
grooved fastenings for securing all kinds of assemblies, railway
permanent way fastenings, rail lubricators and hot pressings of
various types. In 1938 the company introduced lead-bearing steels to
the United Kingdom, and in the 1960s developed free machining steels
containing tellurium and an alloy replacement steel. The company was
later acquired by
GKN and closed down in 1985. The site has since been
redeveloped for housing.
The firm of
Lightbown Aspinall started making wallpaper in Pendleton,
and in 1899, became part of the newly formed Wall Paper Manufacturers.
In 1929, the plant was transferred to Brookfield Avenue, where the
company produced Crown and Scene wallpapers and Crown Vinyl wall
covering, employing 450 people. The site has since been redeveloped
Pear New Mill
Pear New Mill was owned by Combined English Mills and were spinners of
superfine white hosiery yarn, employing over 400 people. The building
has since been subdivided into industrial units.
William Crosland, an engineer and ironfounder, started business in
1855 in an upstairs room at Miller Street in Manchester. He was later
joined by his four sons, and the company moved to
Stockport Road West
in 1894, manufacturing machines and cutting tools for the packaging
industry and specialised tooling for the sheet metal trade. The site
has since been redeveloped as an industrial estate.
In the 1930s, and after the Second World War, the growth rate
accelerated with the coming of new industries, including engineering,
chemicals, clothing and textiles, whilst the village became an
important residential area on the periphery of the Greater Manchester
Urban Area. A large bakery was erected on Ashton Road in 1951.
Comprehensive sewerage and sewage disposal services were completed and
put into operation in 1938.
In 1948, the tramway along the A560 from
Stockport to Hyde and beyond
was abandoned after less than 50 years use. The section through
Bredbury had been opened in August 1901.
After considerable pressure by the Government and the Mersey River
Board, the Urban District Council agreed in 1966 to a joint scheme
with the County Borough of Stockport, abandoning the treatment works
at Welkin Road and the sludge beds at Brinnington, to provide for the
rapidly growing population and the additional industry.
Romiley Local Board was created in 1865, covering the
civil parishes of
Bredbury and Romiley, and in 1880 the two parishes
Romiley Urban District was created in
1894, and was extended to include the former
Compstall Urban District
in 1936. In 1952,
Brinnington township was transferred to the County
Stockport to enable a large residential overspill estate to
Bredbury Ward returned twelve councillors to the urban
district council, with
Romiley Ward returning six and
returning a single member. In that year,
Bredbury Ward was divided
Bredbury North and
Bredbury South wards, and in 1959, there was a
redivision of the urban District into seven wards, with Compstall
continuing to return a single councillor, and each of the others
Romiley received three wards and a new Woodley ward
was created out of Bredbury, the first time that the village of
Woodley had been officially recognised. The remainder of
Bredbury South and
Bredbury West. There
were further electoral changes in 1970 when the altered
ward was renamed
Up to 1958, the Urban District formed one electoral division on
Cheshire County Council, but in that year it was divided into Bredbury
Bredbury Goyt divisions.
The council offices were in
Bredbury Old School on School Brow until
1919, when Bank House on George Lane was acquired. The site has since
been redeveloped for housing.
The council's first acquisition of houses was a terrace at Vernon View
in 1922. Construction of the houses had been delayed by the First
World War. In the same year the first council estate was commenced at
The council subsequently owned more than 2,000 homes, including
several schemes for old people's accommodation incorporating welfare
In 1959, the urban district council intervened over an application by
Manchester City Council for a compulsory purchase order to build an
overspill estate on 60 acres (24 ha) of land at
offering two other sites instead. The confirmed area was reduced to 24
acres (9.7 ha). The City Council subsequently completed several
relatively small overspill estates, which resulted in more successful
integration than in some nearby areas.
The council was for many years in the forefront of a campaign for the
preservation and restoration of the Lower
Peak Forest Canal
Peak Forest Canal and the
connecting waterways of the
Cheshire Ring. The canal reopened in 1974.
In 1974, the urban district was abolished. Its former area was
Greater Manchester and combined with neighbouring
districts to form the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport. It formed
part of two wards,
Bredbury and Romiley, each returning three members.
The ward boundaries were subsequently adjusted, and in 2005 the wards
Bredbury and Woodley and
Bredbury Green and Romiley.
Although the area had traditionally elected Conservative politicians,
with occasional victories for the Labour Party, by 2006 all elected
positions were held by the Liberal Democrats.
The village has extensive areas of attractive countryside, both in the
river valleys and on the slopes of Werneth Low.
Arden Hall (Aiken, 1795)
The most famous of the halls of Bredbury, Arden Hall, erected in 1597,
is now a ruin standing in a commanding position above the valley of
the River Tame. For over two centuries it was owned by the Ardernes,
who had other possessions in
Cheshire and were a junior branch of the
Arden family of Warwickshire, of whom William Shakespeare's mother was
The building was at one time "a tall building, narrow in proportion to
its height and length, built of flat stones or parpoints, and having a
sturdy watchtower at the back, looking over the valley of the River
Tame. It was surrounded by a wide and deep moat. On the front were
three gables, two of them projecting from the face of the hall, the
third being flush with it. The entrance doorway was in the side of the
central gable, and was approached from the courtyard by a flight of
steps. Passing through the doorway a heavy oak door on the right side
opened at once into the Great Hall, and in the tower exactly opposite
was a wide oak staircase, which led to the upper part of the house.
The Great Hall occupied the whole of the ground floor of this portion
of the building, and was about 33 feet (10 m) long by 24 feet
(7.3 m) wide. At the end was a raised platform where the high
table was situated, lighted by two loft bay windows, one at each end.
The year in which some portion of the hall, if indeed not the whole of
it, was erected, is fixed from the date 1597 on the spout above the
entrance, and the initials and date R A 1597 on the right hand gable."
In the particulars of sale of 1825, it states that "the ancient
mansion house of Arden Hall has been in part converted into a
commodious farm house, with every requisite convenience", and it had
already been let as such.
There is a tradition that
Oliver Cromwell stayed at the hall and that
there was a skirmish nearby between Cavaliers and Roundheads, but
there is no firm evidence, although the access to the hall is called
Battle Lane. However, Ralph Arderne, like most other local gentry,
espoused the Parliamentarian cause, and saw action in several
Bredbury Hall, approached from Dark Lane, has been so altered as to
have lost every vestige of its former appearance. it was probably
built upon the site of a former homestead, as some branch of the
Bredburys is supposed to have settled here in early times.
The great barn of
Bredbury Hall, of cruck framed construction, is
medieval in origin although the original framing timbers have been
overlaid by brick.
In 1638, the hall was occupied by a branch of the Davenports, a
connection of the Bredburys. In later times, the venerable building
degenerated into an ordinary farmstead.
In the 19th century, it was rebuilt, and converted into a family
residence in the Georgian style.
For some years prior to the erection of
St Barnabas Church, services
were held here. The hall, outbuildings and grounds are now used as a
hotel and country club, and the buildings have been much modified to
suit that purpose.
The great barn, 42 yards (38 m) long of cruck framed
construction, is medieval in origin although the original framing
timbers have been overlaid by brick.
Now owned by the Flood family,
Bredbury Hall is now a recognised Hotel
and Country Club.
The great barn is now renovated into a large nightclub which has 6
bars, 2 floors, pool, darts and a large dance floor.
Bredbury Hall is now known as a popular hotel, and many of its stories
are now lost or just unknown. It is however said that the ghosts of
the old manor that stood here previously still roam the hallways at
night, and there have been many sightings and hearings of this. Later
on further investigation no proof of such sighting was found and now
considered a hoax.
The original library on George Lane opened in 1937, and the capacity
was doubled by extensions in 1962, comprising a children's room and
reference room. The latter, now used as a community meeting room, is a
dodecahedral annexe, erected mainly out of funds collected locally, as
War Memorial for the Second World War, and contains memorial windows
designed by Anne Goodrich, a local artist, and a Book of Remembrance
for the dead in both World Wars. Further substantial extensions and
alterations, including the conversion of the
War Memorial room into an
exhibition and lecture room, were completed in 1970.
In 1950, the Centenary Year of the Public Library Movement, plaques
were unveiled at the library in honour of Sir Ernest Barker, the
Woodley-born writer on political and historic subjects, and Thomas
Greenwood, the Woodley-born writer and advocate of free public
Bredbury Old School
Erected at School Brow in 1780 by John Arden, Lord of the Manor, and
the freeholders of the township of Bredbury, on land enclosed from the
Common of Barrack Hill,
Bredbury Old School was vested in trustees who
were to "appoint a proper and sufficient person to be Schoolmaster".
The appointee was to enter into a bond with the trustees "in the penal
sum of £200 at the least conditioned for the due observance of the
several rules and conditions" set out in the trust deed, including
that he "shall duly and properly teach and instruct children to read,
write and cast accompts and that his wife or some sufficient person to
be by him provided shall teach girls to knit and sew".
The building of larger schools and the passing of the Education Acts
rendered the building obsolete, and by an order of the Charity
Commissioners in 1889 the trustees were instructed to "apply the trust
income either in making payments by way of rewards or prizes to
children attending public elementary schools in the townships of
Romiley for good conduct, regularity in attendance and
proficiency during a period of three years next preceding the award,
or in the payment of exhibitions tenable at places of higher
education." Later changes to the grant system made the second power
ineffectual but awards of cash continue to be made to local
schoolchildren a few days before Christmas, together with a
traditional form of certificate.
The building has, since its closing as a school, been used for a
variety of purposes, including use as offices of
Bredbury and Romiley
Urban District Council. By the 1950s, it had fallen into serious
disrepair. Its re-roofing with asbestos cement sheets and the
rendering of the walls modified the external appearance very
seriously, but inside the original floors and timbers were still
visible. After the repairs it was leased to
Romiley Little Theatre as
their club house, and the surrounding land was let as allotments.
The marriage of the last of the Davenports in 1664 brought Goyt Hall
into the possession of Sir Fulke Lucy.
Goyt Hall, which stands in the valley of the River Goyt, midway
between Otterspool Bridge and New Bridge, is a half-timbered building
erected by Randal Davenport about the year 1570, although William
Davenport of Goyt Hall, who appears as witnessing a mortgage, died in
The marriage of the last of the Davenports in 1664 brought the hall
into the possession of Sir Fulke Lucy, a kinsman of Sir Thomas Lucy
who features in the story of William Shakespeare's youth. This rather
tenuous association was marked by the naming of the streets on the
nearby Shakespeare Estate, an overspill development built by
Manchester City Council.
Formerly occupied by the Convent of the Nativity of the Sisters of
Charity of Notre Dame d'Évron, who maintained Harrytown High School,
Harrytown Hall dates from 1671, and is well preserved in spite of
being Gothicised during the Romantic Revival. The building was
converted into apartments in the early 1980s.
M60 motorway approaching Bredbury
Bredbury is served by
Bredbury railway station
Bredbury railway station on the Hope Valley Line
Sheffield to Manchester. Buses link the village with the
neighbouring communities of Ashton-under-Lyne, Brinnington, Compstall,
Denton, Dukinfield, Hyde, Marple, Marple Bridge, Romiley, Stalybridge,
Stockport and Woodley.
Bredbury is home to the
National Library for the Blind and contains a
public library and two secondary schools; Harrytown Catholic High
School and Werneth School, the latter formerly known as Bredbury
St Mark's Church, Bredbury
St Mark (Church of England)
The parish church of
Bredbury is dedicated to St Mark.
Although the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book,
without a church until the middle of the 19th century. The first move
towards the establishment of a local church and parish, as district
from that of St Mary's in Stockport, was made in 1846, when an Order
in Council marked out the boundaries of the "District of St Mark,
It was not long before a site for the church was secured through the
generosity of John Sidebotham of Kingston in Hyde, and in 1847 the
foundation stone of the new church was laid by the donor of the site.
The church was consecrated on 17 January 1849, and the church school
was opened in 1850.
Built of freestone in the Early English style, the church consists of
a square tower having four pinnacles, a nave and aisles, and a chancel
with a vestry on the north side. The tower is 70 feet (21 m)
high, occupying a commanding position, a contains a clock and a peal
of bells. The windows consist of two lights each, the chancel window
of three lights being filled with painted glass illustrating the
Crucifixion, erected by William Collier Vaudrey in 1875, to the memory
of his wife and her sister.
The Church School (now rebuilt), is on the opposite side of Redhouse
St Barnabas (Church of England)
Bredbury Hall, with its 11 acres (4.5 ha) of land, was
purchased by the Diocese of
Chester to be used as a mission church and
social centre for Lower Bredbury. On 16 May 1943, the Lord Bishop of
Chester dedicated an altar in one of the rooms of the hall.
Later the new church was erected nearby and was dedicated to St
Barnabas by the Bishop of
Chester on 27 March 1954.
Bredbury Hall was then sold off.
Our Lady and
St Christopher (Roman Catholic)
Roman Catholic faith is ministered to by the Church of Our Lady
St Christopher at Barrack Hill, which was erected in 1932. A
presbytery was added in 1952, and the church was subsequently enlarged
and a parish hall added.
Roman Catholic services were previously held
in the chapel at Harrytown Hall.
Hatherlow (United Reformed Church)
Hatherlow Congregational Church opened in 1845, although the burial
ground surrounding it goes back to 1793.
Hatherlow Church traces its history back to 1645, services then being
held in Chadkirk Chapel, and it was the oldest Congregational body in
Cheshire. The first independent minister at Chadkirk was Gamallel
Jones, who settled there in 1688 or 1689. In the latter year the
"Meeting Place" at Chadkirk was certified as a licensed place for
religious worship shortly after the passing of the Toleration Act.
When they were finally ejected in the reign of Queen Anne, a new
building was erected in 1706 on the site now occupied by Hatherlow
It is recorded in a statistical table of the dissenting chapels in
Cheshire, begun about 1715, that the congregation at Hatherlow
numbered about 300 hearers, including 10 gentlemen, 39 tradesmen, 26
yeomen and 8 labourers. These would be drawn from a very wide area.
The present church was opened as Hatherlow Congregational Church in
1845, although the burial ground surrounding it goes back to 1793. A
day school was established in 1780 at
Bredbury Old School on School
Brow, and the building known as Top School on Gorsey Brow, now
partially demolished, was built in 1830 as an overflow. The day school
continued until it was succeeded by the Council school at Barrack Hill
Hatherlow Sunday School was established in May 1817, and was held
first at School Brow and then at the Top School. The present Sunday
School was built in 1911.
The church has always been the centre of cultural activity in the
district, and was the home of the former
Subscription Library, founded in 1822, and later of Hatherlow
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John Agecroft (1716–1804) lived in a cottage at Barrack Hill where,
until the end of the 19th century, a crude bust stood in a niche on
the outer wall. A canvass weaver, bookbinder and well-known local
eccentric, he is said to have conceived the idea of the bust from that
William Shakespeare at Stratford upon Avon, and to have made the
matrix by pushing his face into the hardening mud of a ditch. The
bust, or part of it, in the form of a death mask, was on display in
the Council Chamber when Agecroft Road was named.
Born in Redhouse Lane, the son of the village clogger, Edward McLellan
(1870–1967) attended St Mark's School. It speaks much for the
quality of education there, under the headmaster Silas Whipp, that
without further formal education he was able to enter Hartley College,
Primitive Methodist Ministers' Training college, from which he
embarked on 47 years of active ministry. In 1931 he reached the
highest point he could attain in his vocation when he was elected
President of the
Primitive Methodist Conference.
He published many articles and stories in magazines and wrote a number
of books on religious subjects. He continued to preach to an advanced
age, and conducted services after his 90th year at both Woodley and
Thomas Platt (1745–1824) of Dark Lane House was claimed to have
Sunday school some years before Robert Raikes, the
usually accredited founder of the system. In recruiting for Stockport
Parish Church choir, he found that many of the boys and girls he
gathered could not read, and so instructed them on Sunday evenings.
When Raikes's system spread to Greater Manchester, Platt became the
paid headmaster of one of the
Stockport Sunday Schools.
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