Stalybridge Trade Directory 1825


STAYLEY BRIDGE is one of the great manufacturing villages on the confines of Lancashire and Cheshire, which has been swelled into importance by the advantages of its local situation. It is one mile ESE of Ashton, 6 miles SE of Oldham, 8 miles NE of Stockport and the same distance from Manchester. Placed on the banks of the Tame, the parent as it may be called of the Mersey, near to an ample supply of fuel and enjoying, through the medium of the Huddersfield canal, the advantages of inland navigation, this place seems marked out as one of the favourites of the manufactuers. The scenery of the neighbourhood is bold and impressive, but those enemies of the picturesque - pit coal and steam engines, have diminished the natural beauties, and substituted in their place employment for the poor, and increased opulence for the wealthy. The views from the summit of "The Wild Bank", elevated as it is thirteen hundred feet above sea level are very extensive and, though the axe of the woodman has prostrated the stately oaks, which in the time of the Staveleighs, and for several ages afterwards clothed the neighbouring valleys, yet there is still much here of grandeur and beauty. The ancient manor of the Staveleighs with the cinq-gabled front still exists, near the line of the Roman road, but the manorial rights have passed successively, by marriage to the Asshetons and Booths, and are now vested in the Earl of Stamford and Warrington. The early name of this manor and township was STAVELEY (Ormerod's Cheshire) or STAYLEY, and BRIDGE is a modern appendage arising from a bridge having been thrown over the ancient ford, to connect the two palatine counties. The localities and parochial connexion of Stayley Bridge are singular: it is partly in the hundred of Macclesfield, in the county of Chester, but principally in the hundred of Salford in the county of Lancaster; one eighth of the inhabitants residing in Longdendale and seven eighths in the division of Hartshead, in the parishes of Ashton and Stockport.

The growth of this place, both in population and trade, has been extremely rapid. In the year 1748, the number of houses it contained amounted to only 34, the number of inhabitants 140, but within the last 70 years its growth in trade has been matched by its growth of population from 140 to 12,000. Even within the last two years there have been built on the Dukinfield, the Mottram and the Ashton sides of Stayley Bridge from seven to eight hundred new houses.


Mrs MARY ANN MATHER, Post Mistress, (Office, Bowling Green) Letters arrive from Manchester every morning at 8, and are despatched at 3 afternoon
MISCELLANY - consisting of the Inhabitants not arranged in the Trades' Lists, with the residences of the Gentry, Clergy and Manufacturers.
Bailey Abel, cotton spinner, h. Dukinfield Harrison Abel, cotton spinner, h. Wood
Bailey Mrs Mary, Dukinfield Heap Jas, bookkeeper, Cockerhill
Bennett Rt., gentleman, Dukinfield Heywood John, Overlooker
Bentley John, timber merchant, h. Dukinfield Hilton John, Dukinfield
Binns, Mattw, farmer, Hopkins Hopwood Nancy, warve turner, Chapel Street
Binns Wm, cotton spinner, h. Cockerhill Howard Daniel, cotton spinner, h. Cockerhill
Bower John & Sons, farmers, Stayley Hall Howard John, gentleman, Wood
Brierley John, gentleman, near Rossbottom Leech John, cotton spinner, Dukinfield
Buckley Deborah, farmer, Wood Lees Jeremiah, cotton spinner, h. Cockerhill
Buckley Mary, gentlewoman, Wood Lees Thomas, gentleman, near Rossbottom
Burton Edward, warehouseman, Dukinfield Lilley John, yeoman, Stayley
Burton Joseph, putter out, Dukinfield Love Edw, wharfinger to Hudd. Canal Co. Wood
Chadwick Mrs Ann, Rossbottom Milburn Wm, iron founder, h. Dukinfield
Chadwick Geo. cotton banding mkr, Chapel St Newton Geo, farmer, Arleys
Cheetham David, cotton spinner, h. nr Rossbottom Newton John, yeoman, near Rossbottom
Cheetham Geo, cotton spinner, h. Rossbottom Oldham Jas, cotton waste dlr, Caroline Street
Cook Eliz. gentlewoman, Stocks Ousey Thos, yeoman, Ridgehill
Cook Jas, land surveyor, Cockerhill Robinson Thos, roller maker, h. Dukinfield
Davies Edw, overlooker, Dukinfield Saville John, bookkeeper, near Rosbottom
Evans Rd, bookkeeper, Cockerhill Saxon Wm, farmer, Ridgehill
Evans Thos, gentleman, Stayleybank Shepley Joseph, gentleman, Chapel Street
Fog Jas, farrier, Dukinfield Taylor Jas, overlooker, Dukinfield
France Rev.JN, incumbent & surgt, Hall Green Vaudrey Edward, cotton spinner, h. Dukinfield
Garside John, farmer, Glent Vaudrey EDW, cotton spinner, h. Dukinfield
Hall Jas, cotton spinner, h. Cockerhill Whitworth Francis, farmer, Wood
Hall Ralph, cotton spinner, h. Cockerhill Wood Abel, overlooker, Dukinfield

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