History

StationHandforth is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the name is thought to originate from Saxon times, being known as ‘Hanna’s Ford’. 

The local coat of arms- the Honford Star (a silver star on a black shield) was created by Henry de Honford, after seeing a shooting star, whilst fighting in the Crusades.


The oldest building in Handforth is the Tudor ‘Honford Hall,’ a Grade II listed structure, built in 1562 by the ‘escheator of Cheshire’, Sir Urian Brereton.   The railway came to Handforth in 1841, built by the Manchester & Birmingham Railway Company.  From this time the population of Handforth slowly started to grow.  World War I saw a massive, if temporary increase in the population of the village with the opening of Handforth Internee Camp, housing both civilian and military prisoners of war.


The interwar years witnessed an increase in the number of dwellings in the village and the opening of Meriton Road Park.  But it was World War II that brought even more development to the area. In 1939 RAF Handforth (61 MU), a maintenance and stores unit was established.  This air force base was spread over several sites in Handforth, Cheadle Hulme and Woodford.


In the late 1950s and early 1960s thousands of new homes were built in Handforth.   To serve this increase in population new schools, shops, a public house and church were built.   In the early 1990s a bypass was constructed to relieve traffic congestion in the village.  At the same time a new retail area Handforth Dean was built.  The effect of this is that Handforth now has two centres, the original village and an out of town retail complex.


Handforth will see further changes, but they are unlikely to be as great as those seen in the last century.

 

 

Contributions and corrections to the contents of this page will be gratefully received.   Acknowledgements are made to the Friends of Handforth Station website and Cllr M Thompson.


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