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Stalybridge is a town in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 23,731 at the 2011 Census. Historically a part of Cheshire, it lies on the River Tame, 8 miles eastsoutheast of Manchester city centre, and 4 miles west of Glossop. Stalybridge was recorded as a parish in the Domesday Book of 1086, an unparished area before 1866, and from 1866 until 1974 was an urban district in the administrative county of Cheshire. In 1974 it became a municipal borough within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. It has remained part of Greater Manchester since the voluntary merger of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council with Glossop Borough Council and four other metropolitan boroughs to form Tameside Metropolitan Borough Counci in 1974.
The earliest evidence of human occupation around Stalybridge is dated to the Mesolithic period, around 8000 BC. Several Bronze Age barrows are in the vicinity, and four or five more exist within a radius of 2 miles of the town centre. A single cairn or barrow is located on the high ground above Mottram, known as Buckton Castle.
History of Stalybridge
The first record of Stalybridge is in the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was spelt Stalebrige. It was a small village then, with just over 100 residents. It grew slowly over the next few centuries, and by the early 1700s it had reached a population of around 1,000.
The real growth of the town began in 1720, when the first cotton mill was built. This was followed by more mills, and by the end of the century there were over 50 in operation. The town also became known for its clockmaking industry, and for its hatmaking. By the early 1800s, Stalybridge was a thriving industrial town, with a population of over 10,000.
The town continued to grow throughout the 19th century, and by the early 1900s it was home to over 40,000 people. The cotton industry declined after the First World War, but Stalybridge managed to remain an important industrial town, with engineering and chemical works taking over from the cotton mills.
Today, Stalybridge is a town of just over 20,000 people. It is still home to some light industry, but is mainly a residential town. It has good transport links to Manchester, and is a popular place to live for people who work in the city.
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Stalybridge is a town in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 23,731 at the 2011 Census. Historically a part of Cheshire, it is 8.9 miles eastsoutheast of Manchester.
Stalybridge appeared in the Domesday Book as “Stalebrige”, around 1086. It was a small village, had a castle which was later destroyed during the Anarchy. The manor was granted to Nigel Plymton, forebear of the Lords Delamere, and remained with his descendants until the late 14th century when it passed by marriage to the Massy family. Sir Thomas Massy, Knt., of Dorset, born about 1415, was lord of the manor. The family sold the manor to Sir John Byron, Knt., of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, and he dying without male issue, it descended to his greatnephew, John Chaworth, who assumed the name of Byron. On the death of his son, Philip Byron, without issue, in 1736, the estate was sold for £35,000 by the representatives of his three sisters to the present representatives of the family, the Earl of Lytton, Viscount Chandos, and others.
The Byron family had been lords of the manor for just over two hundred years. The manor then descended in the same way as the Kingshurst estate in Kent (i.e. by female inheritance and marriage) to the Earls of Hardwicke, and then to the Dukes of Portland. Stalybridge did not form part of the Dukes of Portland’s Welbeck Abbey estate, but was managed by them on behalf of the Freeholders. It then passed to the Howard de Walden family. All these families lived far from Stalybridge and were more interested in harvesting the income from the estate than in developing the town. Locally, the estate was run by a bailiff.
The mass of the people in Stalybridge during the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries were engaged in cottage industries, particularly the handloom weaving of cotton. In 1742 the first sewing thread was manufactured in the town. Silkweaving was also introduced, but it never superseded the cotton industry. There was also a substantial trade in coal and stone, which was shipped on the nearby canal.
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