Wilmslow Church.jpg
St Bartholomew's Church, Wilmslow
Arms of Wilmslow Town Council.svg
Coat of Arms of Wilmslow Town Council
Wilmslow is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population26,213 (2021 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ840810
• London154 mi (248 km)[2] SE
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSK9
Dialling code01625
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°19′30″N 2°14′20″W / 53.325°N 2.239°W / 53.325; -2.239Coordinates: 53°19′30″N 2°14′20″W / 53.325°N 2.239°W / 53.325; -2.239

Wilmslow (/ˈwɪlmsl/ or /ˈwɪmsl/) is a market town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East in Cheshire, England, 11 mi (18 km) south of Manchester city centre. The population was 24,497 at the 2011 Census.[3]



Wilmslow derives its name from Old English Wīghelmes hlāw = "mound of a man called Wīghelm."[citation needed]

Lindow Man

Much about the local Iron Age history of Wilmslow was uncovered with the discovery of Lindow Man, in Lindow Moss. Preserved in the peat bogs for 2,000 years, Lindow Man is one of the most important Iron Age finds in the country. Despite a campaign to keep Lindow Man in the area, he was transferred to the British Museum and is a central feature of the Iron Age exhibition. Lindow Man returned to Manchester Museum in April 2008 for a year-long exhibition.[4]

Recent history

An IRA bomb exploded near the railway station in March 1997, damaging signalling equipment. The original IRA message was confusing and led to the evacuation of the Wilmslow Police Station to the local leisure centre not far from the explosion. Nobody was hurt.[5]

In the general election of the same year, the parliamentary constituency of Tatton, in which Wilmslow falls, made headlines as part of the "sleaze" accusations levelled against the then Conservative Government. Tatton MP, Neil Hamilton, was accused of accepting cash for tabling Parliamentary questions, and subsequently defeated in the election by independent candidate Martin Bell.[6] Bell was supported in his door to door canvassing for votes by David Soul and served a single term as MP.

Administrative history

Wilmslow was one of the eight ancient parishes of the Macclesfield Hundred of Cheshire. It was subdivided into the townships of Bollinfee, Chorley, Fulshaw and Pownall Fee. Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1866 the townships became civil parishes in their own right. Wilmslow was recreated as a civil parish on 30 September 1894[7] when Pownall Fee and Fulshaw were abolished. Wilmslow gained most of Bollinfee, most of Fulshaw and part of Pownall Fee; the rest of Fulshaw became part of the much reduced Bollinfee civil parish, in Alderley Edge Urban District, while the other 1,523 acres (6.16 km2) of Pownall Fee were used to create the new Styal civil parish. The Wilmslow Urban District Council came into being in 1895 consisting only of the newly formed civil parish of Wilmslow.[8] On 21 June 1951 it was granted its own coat of arms.[9] On 1 April 1974 Wilmslow became part of Macclesfield Borough and on 1 April 2009 it became part of the Cheshire East unitary authority.


On 1 April 1936, Wilmslow lost 19 acres (77,000 m2) to Alderley Edge. However it gained 3 acres (12,000 m2) from Chorley and on the abolition of Bollinfee, Handforth and Styal civil parishes it gained 1,080 and 1,521 acres (6.16 km2) respectively.

Wilmslow along with other towns such as Whitworth, Poynton and Alderley Edge successfully objected to being part of the metropolitan county Greater Manchester when it was formed in 1974 although the town does form part of the Greater Manchester Urban Area.


Wilmslow Compared
2001 UK Census Wilmslow Cheshire England
Total population 25,498 673,781 49,138,831
White 95.9% 98.4% 90.9%
Asian 1.8% 0.5% 4.6%
Black 0.3% 0.2% 2.3%

Population and ethnicity

According to the 2001 United Kingdom census the wards of Wilmslow North and Wilmslow South have a combined population of 25,498, of which 13,400 (52.5%) are females and 12,098 (47.5%) are males. In addition, 5197 (20.4%) are aged 16 and under while 4780 (18.8%) are aged 65 and over.[10]

Ethnic white groups (British, Irish, other) account for 95.9% of the population, with ethnic minority groups accounting for 4.1% of the population.


St Bartholomew's Church
St Bartholomew's Church

A breakdown of religious groups and denominations:[when?]

Places of worship

There are three Church of England churches in Wilmslow, St Bartholomew's, St Anne's and St John's. St Bartholomew's is a 16th-century building, which was modified in the 19th century. It has a turreted bell tower. The first rector of the church was a Thomas Dale, who is buried beneath a headstone presumably engraved by him outside the entrance to the church.

Wilmslow Methodist Church occupies a modern building close to the town centre, replacing an 1886 building which itself replaced the original 1798 church, built 7 years after John Wesley's death.

The Sacred Heart & St Teresa's Church is the Roman Catholic church and dates from the late 19th century.[11]

Dean Row Chapel, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the town centre, is a Grade II* listed building built around the end of the 17th century. Initially Presbyterian, it is now a Unitarian chapel.[12]

There is also a United Reformed Church in Wilmslow close to the town centre.


Situated in the North of England, 11 miles (18 km) from Manchester city centre and 7 miles (11 km) from Macclesfield, Wilmslow town centre is focused upon Bank Square, Grove Street and Water Lane. Although Bank Square has traditionally provided the location for many of the town's banks, the name in fact originates from the bank, or slope, leading down to the Carrs and up towards the railway station. The River Bollin flows through The Carrs Park and once provided the power source for nearby Quarry Bank Mill, now a National Trust site, and enjoyment for the local population.

Before the railway came in 1842, Wilmslow comprised only a few farms and a church.

For purposes of the Office for National Statistics, Wilmslow forms part of the Greater Manchester Urban Area.


The town is part of the Golden Triangle together with Alderley Edge and Prestbury. It grew in popularity in the Victorian era as a desirable area for wealthy North West (most generally Manchester) merchants to move out to once the railways arrived and connected the towns.

Wilmslow is the founding location of sports equipment manufacturer Umbro which has its headquarters in the area.[13]

The town is a key location for Royal London, the mutual financial services company. The Information Commissioner's Office, one of the government's executive agencies, is also based in Wilmslow.

The UK headquarters of Waters Corporation, an American manufacturer of analytical laboratory instruments, is located on Altrincham Road in Wilmslow, at the site of Huntingdon Life Sciences' Stamford Lodge facility, which was demolished in 2012.[14]

Wilmslow and its close surroundings are served by several car showrooms of notable marques. These include Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Land Rover, Bentley, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. The town's Aston Martin dealership sells the highest number of Aston Martins in the UK; a high demand stimulated largely by the high level of affluence in the town.[15]

Recreation and sport

The town has a number of parks including The Carrs Park.

Wilmslow held its first Scarecrow Festival in July 2010 with 85 local businesses taking part and 93 different scarecrows. The week-long festival is organised by the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean and the members of the Wilmslow Business Group.[16]

The Wilmslow Festive 10k, organised by Run North West, takes place at the end of November each year. The run starts in Wilmslow town centre with 2479 finishers in 2017.[17] The Wilmslow Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running race, established in 1984 and usually run in March.


Wilmslow railway station is situated where the electrified line from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly divides. One line continues to Manchester via Handforth, Cheadle Hulme and Stockport, the other continues to Manchester Piccadilly via Styal, Manchester Airport and Heald Green. The latter route is commonly known as the Styal Line. There are frequent services to Manchester, Alderley Edge, Crewe and Manchester Airport, plus a frequent service operated by Transport for Wales to Milford Haven, via Shrewsbury and Cardiff. In addition, there is an infrequent daily service to Bournemouth via Birmingham, operated by CrossCountry. There is also a regular hourly service direct to London Euston, operated by Avanti West Coast.

Wilmslow has two regular bus routes, which are:

88 Altrincham–Wilmslow–Knutsford service (Monday – Saturday hourly)
130 Parrs Wood – Macclesfield (Monday – Saturday hourly)

There are no longer any bus services towards the airport, Stockport or Manchester or any Sunday or Bank Holiday bus services.

The town is served by a number of bus services, with the main bus interchange being at Bank Square:

The A34 Manchester to Newcastle-under-Lyme and Winchester road now bypasses the town centre to the east. Manchester Airport lies just four miles (6 km) along the A538 to the north west, but Wilmslow lies away from the approach and departure routes and therefore does not suffer from aircraft noise as Hale Barns and Heald Green do.

The A34 bypass is the main road network that serves the town of Wilmslow. This was extended beyond neighbouring Alderley Edge in Winter 2010–11. The A34 Bypass joins the A555 at Handforth Dean and this road has recently been extended to Manchester Airport.

Notable people

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Alan Turing, aged 16
Alan Turing, aged 16
Alan Garner, 2011
Alan Garner, 2011

Acting and Broadcasting

William Roache, 2017
William Roache, 2017


Other Sport

Liz Blatchford, 2006
Liz Blatchford, 2006


Michael Rother, 2007
Michael Rother, 2007

Business and commerce

See also


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  6. ^ "Profile: Neil Hamilton". 10 August 2001. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ Wilmslow CP/AP/CP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit
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  11. ^ "Web site of the Sacred Heart & St Teresa's Church, Wilmslow".
  12. ^ The Unitarian Movement: Manchester District Association. The Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
  13. ^ "Umbro – History". Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  14. ^ "Waters commence construction of £60m headquarters - wilmslow.co.uk".
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  16. ^ Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival
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