- Hazel Grove
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Hazel Grove
population= 15,265 [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=5941556&c=SK7+4JQ&d=14&e=46&g=354810&i=1x1003x1004&o=233&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=891]
region= North West England
postcode_district = SK6, SK7
Hazel Grove is a village within the
Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It is located close to the Peak Districtnational park.
Historically a part of
Cheshire, until 1836 the village was known as Bullock Smithy, however this name was unpopular with its residents and so the settlement was renamed Hazel Grove, possibly due to the large number of hazeltrees found in the locale, though more probably from a small hamlet towards High Lane called Hessel Grave.
Hazel Grove is made up of three separate townships, Norbury, Torkington and Bosden-cum-Handforth. Norbury (Nordberie) being mentioned in The Domesday Survey, 1086. Each of the townships were manorial lands. Until the 17th century the area was known exclusively by each of the respective townships.
In 1560 Richard Bullock built a smithy on the corner of what is now Torkington Park. This building later became the Bullock Smithy Inn and gradually the whole area became known as Bullock Smithy.
There was no church in the area until the end of the sixteenth century. The church consisted of a very basic Chapel, without communion. It was a favoured hotbed of the north-east Cheshire
Non-conformistmovement. After the Restoration in 1662, it was forbidden for ministers to preach without The Book of Common Prayer. The minister of Norbury Chapel, John Jolie, went to preach, but found that the door was locked. He and his followers broke down the door and he preached as usual. Subsequently, he was tried for Non-conformity, but it was decided that Norbury Chapel was not a consecratedplace. In 1750, John Wesleypreached in Bullock Smithy describing it as "...one of the most famous villages in the county for all manner of wickedness."
By 1833, the village had grown to over 3000 people and it was decided the area should have its own parish. In July 1834, the Church of St. Thomas was consecrated at Norbury.
The village elders began to tire of the jokes surrounding the name Bullock Smithy. The
Manchester Guardianhad carried a humorous story about an auctioneer trying to sell a rare book. No bidders were coming forward, so in an act of encouragement he told the crowd "Come on, Where's tha al from? Bullock Smithy? because tha don't know a book from a brick."" In 1835, it was decided that the village would be known as Hazel Grove. The name Hazel Grove had been used in the village previously. An area called Hassel Grave near High Lane appears on a map of 1674, and an area near Poise Brook was locally known as Hazel Grove. The present Grove Inn had been called The Hazel Grove Inn since it opened, however on the 26th September, 1836, the name was officially changed.
The village was part of the
civil parishof Norbury which was included in the Stockport Rural Districtof Cheshirefrom 1894 to 1900. From 1900 to 1974 Hazel Grove was part of the Hazel Grove and Bramhallcivil parish and urban district. Hazel Grove and Bramhall was abolished in 1974 and its former area was transferred to Greater Manchester to form part of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.
Notable features of Hazel Grove include the
A6 road- a major thoroughfare running from Londonto Carlislewhich passes through the centre of the village. There have been many attempts and plans to build a by-pass for the large amount of heavy traffic which uses the A6 on its way into and around Stockportand South Manchester, but so far none has been built. The village is served by Hazel Grove railway stationwhich is on the Hope Valley and Buxton lines from Stockport.
Hazel Grove has a number of primary schools and
Hazel Grove High School, the local high school. Some do decide to go to other local high schools, such as local Marple Hall, in neighbouring village Marple. The main primary schools in the area are, Hazel Grove Primary School, Torkington Primary School, Norbury Hall Primary School and Moorfield Primary School. There are two local Catholic primary schools, St Simon's and St Peter's.
Most village residents work outside the village. The village is also home to
Adidaswho have their main warehouse on the edge of Hazel Grove, and the nearby Stepping Hill Hospital which is the main Maternity and A&E hospital serving the Stockport and South Manchester areas.
NXP (Formerly Philips, Mullard) have a Semiconductor manufacturing plant (wafer Fab) located in Hazel Grove off Bramhall Moor Lane. The site has been there for over 25 years and currently employs in the region of 650 people. Prior to that the site was at School street.
The 3rd Hazel Grove Scout organise a long distance hike every September called the Bullock Smithy Long Distance Walk. It takes place on the first full weekend in September and is a challenge to complete a 56 mile route starting and finishing at the Scout HQ in Hazel Grove in 24 hours. The hike follows a route through the Peak District, around Buxton and goes over climbs on Chinley Churn, Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and Brand Top.
Speedway racing was staged at the greyhound stadium in Hazel Grove in 1937 although details of the meetings are quite sketchy. The site of the stadium has since been redeveloped as a Carpet World store.
Hazel Grove has several recreational centres. Hazel Grove Leisure Centre, in the grounds of Hazel Grove High School, Hazel Grove Pools and Target Fitness and Torkington Park which provides crown green bowling, tennis courts and football pitches.
There are also a tennis club, a cricket club and a bowling club, each with their own facilities.
There is also a Gym opposite Stepping Hill Hospital.
Hazel Grove is well known for its local nightlife and "The Magic Mile". On a 1 mile stretch of the A6 road there are 11 pubs, 4 bars and 1 nightclub. Famed for it's famous 'Pub Crawl'; Stag Do's, Hen Parties, and revelers in general attempt to complete a long evening that involves a visit to all 15 pub/bar establishments.
*Coutie, H - Hazel Grove: A Village History Trail: Hazel Grove or Bullock Smithy? Stockport Historical Society 1982 ISBN 0-905164-75-X
*Speak, R - The Story of Hazel Grove and Bramhall, The Crescent Press, Stockport 1964
* [http://www.hgbc.org.uk Hazel Grove Baptist Church]
* [http://www.hazel-grove.co.uk/gallery/ Photos of Hazel Grove]
* [http://www.nhs.uk/england/hospitals/showHospital.aspx?id=RWJ09 Stepping Hill Hospital]
* [http://www.norburypc.org The parish church of Norbury, St. Thomas]
* [http://www.3hg.org 3rd Hazel Grove Scout Group]
* [http://www.1hgscouts.co.uk 1st Hazel Grove Scout Group]
* [http://www.hazelgrovehigh.com/home.htm Hazel Grove High School]
* [http://www.stockport.gov.uk/ Stockport Borough Council]
* [http://www.hazelgroveconservatives.com/ Hazel Grove Conservative Association]
* [http://www.norburyscouts.btik.com 1st Norbury Scout Group]
* [http://www.hazel-grove.com/History/history.htm The history of Hazel Grove]
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