That Cheshire history is never far away, though now the connection to vibrant Manchester is equally strong. Cheadle Hulme sits pleasantly alongside the Lady Brook valley, near where the Lady brook becomes the Micker Brook as it wends its way through Bramhall to Cheadle, eventually joining the river Mersey. Despite exponential expansion over the last century, Cheadle Hulme still retains a real village feel and a corresponding community spirit.

Chad Hill History

Evidence of life as early as Bronze Age has been discovered around Cheadle and Cheadle Hulme and the area got a mention in the Domesday Book. A stone cross dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon Saint, Chad, was discovered in 1873, in ‘Chad Hill’, near where the Lady Brook joins the Mersey.

In the early 14th century, the land was split into the areas that became Cheadle Hulme and Cheadle, and the open farmland began to be cultivated before being bought by the Moseley family in the 1600s. Later, it was owned by John Davenport, then the Bamfords, after which the estate passed to Robert Hesketh. Many of these names are still familiar.

The March of Progress
Cheadle Hulme remained rural until the mid-19th century and the development of railways and roads. A rural village community grew, as more people wanted to live away from the busy towns, and beautiful imposing Victorian and Edwardian homes still stand. The 1930s saw the population increase hugely, and the 1930s properties are well built and sought after.

Hill Top Farm’s land became housing, including Gill Bent – though Hill Top Farm itself is still a beautiful home - and Higher Bent Farm’s fields are now the Woking Road and Pingate Lane areas. For now, Lower Bent Farm still stands though with land used by a coach firm and previously Hulme Hall School’s playing fields.

Countless more houses were built along, and off, Hulme Hall Road and Cheadle Road. The Elysian cinema opened in the 1930s, replaced by a supermarket in the 1970s. Bryant’s furniture store now occupies the still cinema-shaped and proportioned building. Around the same time as the cinema, a library was opened – and still stands – on Mellor Road, and the Kings Hall dance hall – now a pub - also opened its doors. The King’s Hall frontage has been preserved.

Home to Cheadle Hulme
The ever-popular Ramillies and Hurst Head Estates were built on farmland in the late 50s, 60s and very early 70s, and new schools were created for the burgeoning population. Lane End was named after the Four Lane Ends Farm and Hursthead occupies the site of the original Hursthead farmhouse. Shops and businesses then popped up here and there, certainly from the 1960s onwards, around the demand of the population.

Station Road was widened and straightened in the late 60s. The ‘loop’ behind Majestic Wine – yes, we have a Majestic Wine - and the little Tesco store was the original road. This wider road – along with the lowering of the road under the railway bridges to accommodate larger vehicles - quite literally paved the way for office developments and increased traffic. Happily, many beautiful old buildings remain, notably the John Millington – once Millington Hall – and the Inventery building.

Still Village People
Cheadle Hulme is more than just another commuter-belt town.  Community spirit and pride in the area are reflected in the success and reputation of local schools and the ever-growing value of the sought-after houses. So much heritage is still seen – the lovingly restored and reinvented Bridgeway House, Hulme Hall, Millington Hall, Cheadle Hulme School, Higham Street (the only ‘street’ in Cheadle Hulme), the Hesketh and countless beautiful big old houses on Hulme Hall Road, Hilltop Avenue, Swann Lane, Park Gates Drive, Heathbank Road, Moseley Road and so on…

Many long-standing businesses have been an integral part of the village since the early twentieth century – Pimlott’s butchers, Waterhouse’s grocery – which also stocks fresh juice and eco-friendly refills of just about anything, and Snape & Son hardware shop (originally on Station Road’s corner with Warren Road, where Crown Bedrooms now stands). Snapes stock everything – and if they don’t, they can get it the next day!

Everything On Your Doorstep
Locally, virtually everything you need is within walking distance. Two big-name supermarkets including Waitrose instil confidence in the high street for other potential retailers, while the much-loved small indies continue to thrive. Bigger stores, including household favourites Johns Lewis, Next, and Marks and Spencer are nearby, too. Two handy – and helpful - post offices join several convenience stores. A spacious Homebird showroom stocks beautiful gifts, furniture, and homewares, while two long-established florists, Daisies and Spreadborough’s, stock lots of loveliness beyond plants and flowers.

Gorgeous salons ensure plenty of me-time and glowing skin, and hairdressers and barbers keep everyone’s trims fresh. It’s about more than appearance though, so we’re blessed with plenty of gyms, classes and sports clubs, too: cricket, rugby, bowls, football, tennis, lacrosse, badminton and squash are all available in Cheadle Hulme. The Village gym is well-equipped with a pleasant pool, as is David Lloyd at Cheadle Royal. Cheadle Golf Club and Bramall Park Golf club are easily accessible, and for amateurs, there’s the pitch-and-putt at Bruntwood Park – which is also home to the exquisite Oddfellows on the Park.

Food and Drink
Whilst Bramhall, Wilmslow, Stockport, and Manchester are nearby, there’s really no need to leave the village for a night out. Every cuisine is catered for. Rainbow88 Chinese restaurant is a community champion and is in its third decade, Gusto Italian is always busy and buzzy and Trattoria d’Agostino truly authentic. If you don’t even feel like leaving home, every taste is covered by takeaways, too – even a new addition in Chilli Banana.

The John Millington is both a popular pub and restaurant, while the age-old Church Inn also excels at food AND drink. The Pointing Dog is something of a gastro-pub and superb for functions. Three small indie bars are stand-out favourites in the locale: the Chiverton Tap is tardis-like and owners Bob and Mary have embraced their building’s history; Archive is a cool beer and cocktail bar with a chilled atmosphere, and ‘inventive drinkery’ Inventery has a delightful and comfortable club-like feel. All these hostelries have pleasant outdoor areas which make Summer afternoon drinks an absolute pleasure.

Learn About Cheadle Hulme
Cheadle Hulme’s schools are exceptional, with several Ofsted Outstanding. Cheadle Hulme High School and its partner school, Laurus achieve stellar results, not just academically but in sports and the arts, too. The high-performing and unashamedly academic VI form is consistently over-subscribed, while Cheadle College is superb for those who’d prefer a vocational qualification. The highly-regarded private school, Cheadle Hulme School – housed in one of Cheadle Hulme’s famous old buildings – is still one of the best in the country.

Then there are the primary schools, nurseries, and Greenbank Prep school. It’s fair to say there are NO poor schools in Cheadle Hulme. Lane End is a lovely, small school with a village feel, Hursthead has always had an excellent reputation. Thorn Grove, Bradshaw Hall and Oak Tree are equally well-regarded.

A Place to Be Happy

It’s easy to say Cheadle Hulme has everything. The fact is, it’s true. Where else could you be in incredibly easy reach of major towns and cities by road and rail – Manchester is just 20 minutes away by train, and London a mere two hours. Manchester’s International airport is a ten-minute drive, if that. A busy bustling village with countless transport links, and yet still in such close proximity to unspoilt countryside and wildlife such as kingfishers and badgers? Cheadle Hulme is pretty unique. You can take a walk under the almost-iconic Seven Arches, which straddles the still mainly unspoilt Ladybrook Valley. From there, you can get to Cheadle or Bramhall Park and beyond, through Happy Valley as far as Lyme Park, only ever meeting roads to cross them. Really, what’s not to love about Cheadle Hulme?

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