Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme - So much more than suburbia
PUBLISHED: 00:16 17 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:41 20 February 2013
With its relaxing cafe ambience, Cheadle Hulme is one of the most sought-after suburbs in Cheshire.
With its relaxing cafe ambience, Cheadle Hulme is one of the most sought-after suburbs in Cheshire. Remarkably it dates back to around 2,000 years ago and apparently even made it into the Domesday book under the name Cedde which means "clearing in a wood" while "Holme" may have been derived from the Danish word for "water meadow" or "island in the fen.
The area has had a few famous connections. Kirsten Cassidy, best known for playing Tanya Young in Grange Hill, was a former pupil of Cheadle Hulme School, mathematician Patrick Du Val, Tim McInnerny, best known as Lord Percy in Blackadder, Lauren Drummond who played Mika Grainger in Waterloo Road, Stoke City footballer, Danny Pugh and Jennifer Pike, an award-winning violinist also have connections with the area.
On the road
Although most of the roads in the area date from the 20th century, there are many older roads formed from ancient routes, some even as ancient as Roman. Cheadle Road possibly originated in Roman times and Ack Lane (formerly Hack Lane) is named after Hacon, a local Saxon landowner Hulme Hall Road is named for the landmark it runs through and has existed since at least the 18th century
The silk route
Local silk weaving became a large part of everyday life in the 18th century and the work took place in cottages in a room known as a "loomshop", with the woven silk transported to firms in Macclesfield, eight miles away. Silk-weaving remained commonplace in the area until the early 20th century, when the process became industrialised.
Cheadle Hulmes first school, established in 1785, was named after local grocer Jonathan Robinson, who donated three acres (1.2 ha) of land on what is now Woods Lane. The school was built on what is now the corner of Woods Lane and Church Road and was originally for the teaching of four boys and four girls. Cheadle Hulmes schools now enjoy a good reputation.
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Interesting Anglo Saxon connections
Grove Lane Baptist Church was built in 1840.
While youre here
Catch some sport at Cheadle Hulme Recreation Centre