Lyme Handley

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Lyme Handley
Lyme Hall and lake - - 1260092.jpg
Lyme Hall and lake
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
Ceremonial county
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
List of places
53°20′20″N 2°03′14″W / 53.339°N 2.054°W / 53.339; -2.054Coordinates: 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, a Tudor house with gardens created 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 three-storey house has 17 acres (69,000 m2) of well-maintained Victorian era gardens and is also open to visitors for guided tours of the house, which contains a large collection of English clocks.[citation needed]

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, providing a use for a crop other than grass that could be grown on a relatively infertile soil type; although the mill remains, it is no longer functional.[citation needed]

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