Lyme Handley

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Lyme Handley
Lyme Handley is located in Cheshire
Lyme Handley
Lyme Handley
 Lyme Handley shown within Cheshire
Population 151 [1]
OS grid reference SJ965825
Civil parish Lyme Handley
Unitary authority Cheshire East
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SK23
Dialling code 01663
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Macclesfield
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Coordinates: 53°20′20″N 2°03′14″W / 53.339°N 2.054°W / 53.339; -2.054

Lyme Handley, sometimes known as Lyme, is a small civil parish in between Disley and Stockport, in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.[2] According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 151.[1]

It is also greenbelt area on the suburbs of Greater Manchester attracting many visitors in the summer months for walking and picnics and in winter for sledging. The most famous feature of Lyme is Lyme Park its Tudor house with gardens built in the 1720s. This was made most famous when it featured as Mr Darcy's house in the BBC dramatisation of Pride and Prejudice. The house has 17 acres (69,000 m2) of well maintained Victorian era gardens and is also open to visitors who want to go on guided tours of the three story house which also has a large collection of English clocks.

The rest of the area consists of small farms which were all once part of the Handley estate but parcelled off at the turn of the 20th century. These mostly farm sheep with some cattle. In the past Lyme Handley had its own flax mill so provided a use for a crop other than grass that could be grown on what isn't that fertile a soil type but although the mill is still present it is no longer used or functional.


  1. ^ a b Official 2001 Census Figures. Accessed: 20 August 2007.
  2. ^ Macclesfield Borough Website. Accessed 21 April 2007.