Woodley, Greater Manchester

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Bredbury and Romiley - Woodley Tunnel.jpg
Woodley Tunnel
Woodley is located in Greater Manchester
Woodley shown within Greater Manchester
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Country England
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Postcode district SK6
Dialling code 0161
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53°25′37″N 2°05′31″W / 53.427°N 2.092°W / 53.427; -2.092Coordinates: 53°25′37″N 2°05′31″W / 53.427°N 2.092°W / 53.427; -2.092

Woodley is a suburban area of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, North West England. It lies on the east side of the Peak Forest Canal, next to the areas of Bredbury and Romiley. It is on the boundary with Gee Cross, in Tameside.

Historically a part of Cheshire, the name Woodley translates to 'a clearing in the wood', and is so named because the area contains a lot of woodland.

The Peak Forest Canal runs through Woodley and features a long tunnel.

Woodley railway station is on a loop which stretches from Ashburys to Romiley via Guide Bridge avoiding Bredbury.


Woodley has two primary schools:

  • Woodley Primary School, previously called Woodley Infant and Junior schools. The school also ran a nursery which was located next to (and connected to) Woodley Methodist Church.
  • Greave School, located in Greave, on the border with Romiley.

Primary school aged children can also attend a nearby school in neighbouring Bredbury: St.Marks C.of E. Primary School on Redhouse Lane; this was the original infant and junior school for the locality.

After education in these primary schools, most students feed to either Werneth High School, Marple Hall School or Harrytown Catholic High School for their secondary education.


Woodley looking SE with the old J.G.Naylor abrasives mill factory at lower centre and Woodley railway station at left

Woodley is home to five pubs, The White Hart, The Railway, The Navigation, The Woodley Arms and The Lowes Arms. These pubs form the start of the Ring of Death, a pub crawl that takes in the sites of Woodley, Bredbury, Romiley and ends in Greave. The Ring of Death consists of twenty pubs in total and was a traditional marathon undertaken by locals at Christmas. Woodley is also home to the recently transformed snooker palace, which following the removal of its snooker tables has become the Palace Bar.


The local Woodley-based football team are Stockport Sports. They play in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

Mills of Woodley[edit]

Still existent

  • Woodley Mill
  • Thorn Works (formerly Middle Mill)
  • Wellington Works (formerly Botany Mill)


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