Stockport Road in Romiley
Romiley shown within Greater Manchester
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Romiley is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. It borders Marple, Bredbury and Woodley. In Roman times there is thought to have been a settlement along Sandy Lane. In the 2001 census Romiley ward, which included Compstall, Bredbury Green and a large part of Bredbury, had a population of 13,703. In the 2011 Census the population of the ward had increased to 14,139.
For centuries it was an agricultural area, until the late Victorian era, when it became a residential area, with a small district centre. There are four main schools: Romiley Primary School, Bredbury Green Primary and Greave Primary School, which is on the border with Woodley. Catholic education is provided at St Christophers Catholic Primary School in Romiley. Secondary education is provided by Werneth School and Harrytown Catholic High School. Romiley also has its own theatre, the Romiley Forum.
The surrounds are quite rural, although it is a suburb. There are fields to the north, and Compstall, between Romiley and Marple, is home to the Etherow Country Park the largest country park in Stockport.
Romiley contains four conservation areas, a designation made by the local council to protect locations which have special architectural or historical character. It helps reduce traffic, preserve wildlife and important landscapes, and restricts making changes which affect the look of the area such as changing front doors, roofing, facades or windows. They are:
- Barlow Fold (1997, reviewed in 2006). Barlow Fold is around 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the north east of Romiley town centre and 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Stockport. The conservation area covers 0.39 hectares and contains 12 households.
- Chadkirk (2006). A quiet rural retreat lying approximately 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south of the centre of Romiley. It comprises farmlands, a 17th-century farm house, out buildings and Victorian walled garden, and a 16th-century chapel, forming an oasis of peace and tranquility, surrounded on three sides by ancient woodlands and the river Goyt which flows alongside.
- Church Lane (1996, extended in 2006). Church Lane Conservation Area is essentially a late-nineteenth century railway suburb, overlaying the lanes and fields of a former agricultural area. It developed as a railway suburb, following the opening of Romiley railway station in 1862. However, it has the form and character of a village or earlier community as the area is focussed around the landmark church of St Chad (1864-6).
- Greave Fold (1996, reviewed 2006). Greave Fold is 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north of Romiley town centre and approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Stockport. The conservation area covers 2.31 hectares and contains 48 households.
A further conservation area adjoins Romiley at Hatherlow in Bredbury.
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