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Coordinates: 53°22′31″N 2°06′43″W / 53.3754°N 2.1119°W / 53.3754; -2.1119

Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove is located in Greater Manchester
Hazel Grove

 Hazel Grove shown within Greater Manchester
Population 15,265 [1]
OS grid reference SJ925865
Metropolitan borough Stockport
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SK6, SK7
Dialling code 0161, 01625
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Hazel Grove
List of places: UK • England • Greater Manchester

Hazel Grove is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is located close to the Peak District national park.

Historically a part of Cheshire, until 1836 the village was known as Bullock Smithy, however this name was unpopular with its residents and so the settlement was renamed Hazel Grove, possibly due to the large number of hazel trees found in the locale, though more probably from a small hamlet towards High Lane called Hessel Grave.




Early history

Hazel Grove is made up of three separate townships, Norbury, Torkington and Bosden-cum-Handforth. Norbury (Nordberie) being mentioned in The Domesday Survey, 1086. Each of the townships were manorial lands. Until the 17th century the area was known exclusively by each of the respective townships.

In 1560 Richard Bullock built a smithy on the corner of what is now Torkington Park. This building later became the Bullock Smithy Inn and gradually the whole area became known as Bullock Smithy. Jack Aspin a Farmer set out to build a warehouse in 1564 of food supplies and then went on to stand up for gay rights in stockport in 1567.


There was no church in the area until the end of the 16th century. The church consisted of a very basic chapel, without communion. It was a favoured hotbed of the northeast Cheshire Non-conformist movement. After the Restoration in 1662, it was forbidden for ministers to preach without the Book of Common Prayer. The minister of Norbury Chapel, John Jolie, went to preach, but found that the door was locked. He and his followers broke down the door and he preached as usual. Subsequently, he was tried for Non-conformity, but it was decided that Norbury Chapel was not a consecrated place. In 1750, John Wesley preached in Bullock Smithy describing it as "...one of the most famous villages in the county for all manner of wickedness."


By 1833, the village had grown to over 3,000 people and it was decided the area should have its own parish. In July 1834, the Church of St. Thomas was consecrated at Norbury.

Name change

The village elders began to tire of the jokes surrounding the name Bullock Smithy. The Manchester Guardian had carried a humorous story about an auctioneer trying to sell a rare book. No bidders were coming forward, so in an act of encouragement he told the crowd "Come on, Where's tha al from? Bullock Smithy? because tha don't know a book from a brick." In 1835, it was decided that the village would be known as Hazel Grove. The name Hazel Grove had been used in the village previously. An area called Hassel Grave near High Lane appears on a map of 1674, and an area near Poise Brook was locally known as Hazel Grove. The present Grove Inn had been called The Hazel Grove Inn since it opened, however on the 26th September, 1836, the name was officially changed.


Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove

The village was part of the civil parish of Norbury which was included in the Stockport Rural District of Cheshire from 1894 to 1900. From 1900 to 1974 Hazel Grove was part of the Hazel Grove and Bramhall civil parish and urban district. Hazel Grove and Bramhall was abolished in 1974 and its former area was transferred to Greater Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.

Though the constituency of Hazel Grove is named after it, the western part of the village actually lies in the Cheadle constituency. Its current MP is Andrew Stunell of the Liberal Democrats.


Notable features of Hazel Grove include the A6 road - a major thoroughfare running from London to Carlisle which passes through the centre of the village. There have been many attempts and plans to build a by-pass for the large amount of heavy traffic which uses the A6 on its way into and around Stockport and south Manchester, but so far none has been built. The village is served by Hazel Grove railway station which is on the Hope Valley and Buxton lines from Stockport. Hazel Grove (Midland) was situated between the railway overbridges at the south end of the town and was open from 1902 until 1917.


Hazel Grove has a number of primary schools and Hazel Grove High School, the local high school. Some do decide to go to other local high schools, such as local Marple Hall, in neighbouring village Marple. The main primary schools in the area are, Hazel Grove Primary School, Torkington Primary School, Norbury Hall Primary School and Moorfield Primary School. There are two local Catholic primary schools, St Simon's and St Peter's.


Most village residents work outside the village. The village is also home to Adidas who have their main warehouse on the edge of Hazel Grove, and the nearby Stepping Hill Hospital which is the main maternity and A&E hospital serving the Stockport and south Manchester areas.

NXP (Formerly Philips, Mullard) have a Semiconductor manufacturing plant (wafer Fab) located in Hazel Grove off Bramhall Moor Lane. The site has been there for over 25 years and currently employs in the region of 650 people. Prior to that the site was at School Street.


The 3rd Hazel Grove Scout organise a long distance hike every September called the Bullock Smithy Long Distance Walk. It takes place on the first full weekend in September and is a challenge to complete a 56 mile route starting and finishing at the Scout HQ in Hazel Grove in 24 hours. The hike follows a route through the Peak District, around Buxton and goes over climbs on Chinley Churn, Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and Brand Top.

Speedway racing was staged at the greyhound stadium in Hazel Grove in 1937 although details of the meetings are quite sketchy. The site of the stadium has since been redeveloped as a Carpet World store.

Opposite this Carpet World store lies Hazel Grove Snooker Club which has been established for 27 years and boasts over 40 tables, one of the largest in the North West. This club regularly hosts the WPBSA Under 18 Snooker Championships and has played host to a variety of famous snooker players and legends.

Hazel Grove has several recreational centres. Hazel Grove Leisure Centre, in the grounds of Hazel Grove High School, Hazel Grove Pools and Target Fitness and Torkington Park which provides crown green bowling, tennis courts and football pitches.

There are also a tennis club, a cricket club and a bowling club, each with their own facilities.


Hazel Grove is well known for its local nightlife and "the Magic Mile". On a 1 mile stretch of the A6 road there are 11 pubs, 4 bars and 1 nightclub. Famed for its famous "pub crawl"; stag dos, hen parties and revelers in general attempt to complete a long evening that involves a visit to all 15 pub/bar establishments.



There is a Hazel Grove in Bicester, Oxfordshire not to be confused with.


  • Coutie, H - Hazel Grove: A Village History Trail: Hazel Grove or Bullock Smithy? Stockport Historical Society 1982 ISBN 0-905164-75-X
  • Speak, R - The Story of Hazel Grove and Bramhall, The Crescent Press, Stockport 1964

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Stockport is a borough in the south east of Greater Manchester. It was formerly famous as the centre of the hat-making industry.

Get in

By Train - Stockport has a large railway station. It lies on the West Coast Main Line, with trains travelling from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Cornwall. It is also served by regular trains to London and Birmingham, as well as less frequent trains to Shrewsbury, Cardiff and North Wales. Local trains link Stockport with Manchester and Macclesfield

By Car - Stockport is linked to the main motorway network of Britain, lying on the M60.

Get around

Situated on the A6 and it has 2 entry points to the M60, the Manchester orbital motorway. It is within 7 miles of Manchester International airport.

There is a good bus network and the main train station is on the main west coast line ( around 2 hours 5 minutes to London, 10 minutes to Manchester )

  • Sale Sharks Rugby Club
  • Hat Museum
  • Bramhall Park and Bramall Hall
  • Staircase House and Stockport Story Museum
  • Vernon Park and Stockport Museum
  • Stockport County Football Club
  • Reddish Vale Country Park
  • Stockport Town Hall
  • Stockport Viaduct@ - over eleven million bricks were used to build what was then the largest viaduct in the world. It is still hugely imposing and dominates the western edge of the town centre, and is a must for lovers of Victorian/railway architecture.


McDonalds (x2), Burger King (x2) and Pizza Hut to name but a few. There is the fabulous History Cafe on Princes Street though. If you do go then pop upstairs to eat, it looks like a the living room of a 1950's decadent musician.

  • Takeaways for Delivery, [1]. Awesome tool, with an increasing number of places you can order from!  edit
  • Last Monsoon, [2]. If you're looking for a nice Indian meal, delivered to your door right in Stockport, this is for you!  edit
  • Bamford Arms, Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport. A Beefeater Pub Restaurant located in the leafy suburb of Heaviley, around a mile south of Stockport town centre  edit

The local brewery, Robinsons, are the major supplier to most of the areas pubs , although other Manchester breweries and micro breweries are well represented. There are some 250 pubs and bars within the metropolitan borough of stockport.

The UK real organisation CAMRA ( campaign for real ales ) features many Stockport pubs in its guide as well a record number (5) of pubs that it has on its National Inventory of Historic Pubs. Stockport is very appealing to fearless beer/pub architecture enthusiasts (go armed) in the wider area, with far more pubs than most towns of its size. A few of the best appear below;

  • The Park Inn, New Bridge Lane, Portwood, [3]. A friendly local community pub that offers real ale , plenty of entertainment, food served Lunch & Evening, and a jukebox with music that spans seven decades which is absolutely FREE at all times. Take a virtual tour at their website!
  • Arden Arms, Millgate, [4]. A pub which was runner up in the CAMRA 2005 national pub awards. Excellent food atlunchtimes and weekends, good beer and reasonable wines.
  • The Olde Vic, Chatham Street, Edgely, [5]. Close to the rear entrance of Stockport Station thsi rather decrepit looking pub is one of the most successful free houses in the area offering a minimum of 5 different beers from small independent breweries around the UK. The owner , an ex policeman , operates a no sewearing and bad behaviour policy and offers a warm welcome to all in his eclectic and quirky pub.
  • Porter's Railway, Portwood (just east of town centre), [6]. This pub is often threateend by demolition but still survives at the time of writing. It's character and sheer range of ales is rivalled by few.
  • Crown, [7]. Nestled beneath the viaduct, this characterful little boozer has long attracted beer enthusiasts due to its wide range of ales, cosy interior and spectacular location.


Limited hotels in the centre of Stockport

  • The Alma Lodge A6 1 mile south of the centre: Tel: 0161 483 4421
  • Acton Court A6 1 mile south of the centre: Tel: 0161 483 6172
  • Premier Travel Inn Stockport South A6 1 mile south of the centre Tel: 08701 977 242
  • Premier Travel Inn Stockport East Churchgate, close to central Stockport Tel: 0870 990 6544
  • Davenport Park Hotel A6 1.5 Miles south of centre Tel: 0161 483 9421
  • Britannia Hotel Stockport Dialstone Lane, Offerton (off A626 or A6) Tel: 0161 930 1000
  • Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club Osbourne Street, Bredbury (2 Miles East of Centre) Tel: 0870 765 3956
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