References to Edgeley, or "Eddyshelegh", are recorded in the early part of the 13th century. However the main history of the area dates from the beginning of the industrial revolution. On 27 November 1792 an advertisement appeared in the Manchester Mercury to let land at Edgeley as:
An Eligible situation for Bleach Ground or Print Field in which there are a number of Fine White Sand Springs with a Rivulet capable of Turning Wash Wheels etc. The Grounds lie very contiguous to the populous Manufacturing Town of Stockport where Bleachers and Printers are both much wanted and every encouragement will be given to a good tenant
William Sykes took the land and established the Sykes Bleaching Company. There were few trees in the area, but as wood was needed in the drying process, he undertook extensive tree-planting in the area. He built a "stately house", Edgeley House, which was the home of the family for succeeding generations until it became Alexandra Park. Wells were sunk including the "Silver Well", and by 1830 these had quadrupled the water supply. Reservoirs were also built. These undertakings were of great value to people in the area in times of excessive drought. The Sykes originally owned most of the land in Edgeley, and employed many people. They invested their wealth back into the area with parks, churches, schools and Edgeley Park.
The Brinksway Chapel, built in 1823, was nicknamed the 'Beef-Steak Chapel' as it was built to encourage vegetarianism by men with shares of one pound each. Saint Matthew's Church was built on the site in 1843.
Edgeley like a lot of urban areas in northern England has been affected by deindustrialization and subsequently is burdened with social issues such as substance misuse, unemployment and high crime rates.
The commercial centre of Edgeley is Castle Street.
Alexandra Park is on the former site of Edgeley House and contains a bowling green, a children's play area, a tennis, basketball and football court and a skate park. The Sykes' reservoir, which originally served the bleaching works, backs onto the Park. The regeneration of the area has seen the mill lodge developed into a public space popular with anglers.
Edgeley is served by Stockport railway station (also known as "Stockport Edgeley" or "Edgeley"). It was opened on 15 February 1843 by the Manchester and Birmingham Railway, following completion of the large railway viaduct just to its north.
Richard Sykes, a member of the Sykes family at Edgeley House, founded the town of Edgeley, in North Dakota, United States, in tribute to his birthplace. Other members of the Sykes family include Thomas Hardcastle Sykes, Percy Sykes, Sir Alan Sykes, 1st Baronet and Nikki Sykes.
Edgeley was the hometown of actor John Axon, who played the character of Nigel Harper in itv drama series The Royal.
- "2011 Census of Edgeley & Cheadle Heath ward.Retrieved 5 Feb 2015".
- Stockport Advertiser History of Stockport Chapter IX p103
- Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Alexandra Park, Edgeley
- Stockport Advertiser History of Stockport Chapter IX p105
- A Guide to Edgeley's Area, Shops, Business & History
- Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Edgeley
- Andrew Macfarlane, ed. (1989). "Manchester–Buxton". Peaks and Plains by Rail. Railway Development Society. Norwich: Jarrold Colour Publications. p. 19. ISBN 0-7117-0429-5.