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Disley in 2005.jpg
Disley village centre
Grid reference: SJ972845
Location: 53°21’25"N, 2°2’35"W
Population: 4,301  (2001)
Post town: Stockport
Postcode: SK12
Dialling code: 01663
Local Government
Council: Cheshire East

Disley is a village in Cheshire, standing on the edge of the Peak District, in the Goyt Valley, close to the boundary with Derbyshire at New Mills. The nearest big town is Stockport, Cheshire, to the north. Immediately to the north of the village, the River Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal, which opened in 1800, passes along the edge of the village.

Today Disley is in character a dormitory village, retaining a semi-rural character.

Disley railway station is on the Buxton to Manchester line, with through trains to Preston and Blackpool.


The village's name was Dystiglegh in Old English, meaning "windy settlement" or possibly Wood or clearing by a mound.[1] In the 13th century, in the time of King Edward I, there are references to confirmatory grants of land made to Jordan de Dystelegh of Disley Hall and Roger de Stanley-de-Dystelegh of Stanley Hall in the district, pointing to even older local settlements. It later had the name Dystelegh.


Sir Piers Legh of Lyme founded St Mary-the-Virgin Church in Disley (completed 1524 and consecrated as parish church in 1558. The earliest parish register is from 1591.

The village had at least one cotton mill by the mid-19th century. As the cotton industry declined, more varied employment became the norm. A paper mill remains and some light engineering works, but the majority of the village's working population are not in industry in the village but commute the work.

Sights about the village

The "Rams Head" inn c.1650 at the centre of the village was formerly a lodge belonging to the Lyme Park estate. It became a main coaching stop on the Manchester to London route. The Rams Head is now a restaurant and pub.

Lyme Park nearby has been closely associated with Disley. The hall was used by the BBC as a setting in its adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.


Outside links

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about Disley)


  1. "Disley". The Key To English Place Names. English Place Name Society. http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/map/place/Cheshire/Disley. Retrieved 9th May 2012.