In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Stalybridge like this:
Stalybridge (or Staleybridge), parl. and mun. bor., and manufacturing town, Stockport and Mottram in Longden Dale pars., Cheshire, and Ashton under Lyne par., Lancashire, on river Tame, 7½ miles E. of Manchester by rail - mun. bor., pop. 25,977; parl. bor., 2214 ac., pop. 42,863; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Stalybridge is said to derive its name from the Staveleighs, who formerly resided here; but the town is entirely modern, dating from the year 1776. It has communication in all directions by railway. The principal mfrs. are the spinning of cotton yarns and the weaving of calicoes, but there are also numerous iron foundries and machine shops. Stalybridge was made a mun. bor. in 1857, and a parl. bor. in 1867; its municipal limits were extended in 1881, and its parliamentary limits in 1885. It returns 1 member to Parl.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Stalybridge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tameside. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Stalybridge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stalybridge, in Tameside and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th February 2017
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