Godley, Greater Manchester

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Godley is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHYDE
Postcode districtSK14
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
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Greater Manchester
53°27′13″N 2°03′49″W / 53.4536°N 2.0635°W / 53.4536; -2.0635Coordinates: 53°27′13″N 2°03′49″W / 53.4536°N 2.0635°W / 53.4536; -2.0635

Godley is a suburb of Hyde, Greater Manchester, England.

Mottram Road in Godley, with a viaduct of the Glossop Line

The area formed part of the municipal borough of Hyde in Cheshire from 1881 to 1974, when it became part of the metropolitan borough of Tameside.[1][2]

The earliest recorded agriculture in Tameside east of the River Tame was in Godley, from 1211–1249.[3]

It is served by Godley railway station, which replaced the nearby Godley East railway station.

In 1851, Godley Reservoir was completed.


In the early 1880s, John Broomer developed an early form of margarine called Butterine.[4] He established a factory in the Olive Tree works, a former hat factory on Mottram Road previously occupied by Henry Taylor Wrigley. In 1888, the Danish margarine manufacturer Otto Monsted acquired the Olive Tree works.[5] The factory was sold to Maypole Dairies in 1902 and later used by Walls to manufacture ice cream and meat products.


  1. ^ Vision of Britain Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine - Godley parish
  2. ^ Vision of Britain Archived 2007-10-01 at the Wayback Machine - Hyde MB
  3. ^ Nevell (1991), p. 52.
  4. ^ Hydonian
  5. ^ IST Journal, Summer 2012
  • Nevell, Mike (1991), Tameside 1066–1700, Tameside Metropolitan Borough and University of Manchester Archaeological Unit, ISBN 1-871324-02-5