Stockport Road in Romiley
There are four main primary schools in the village. Secondary education is provided in neighbouring suburbs. Romiley has its own theatre, the Romiley Forum.
In Roman times there is thought to have been a settlement along Sandy Lane.
For centuries Romiley was an agricultural area, until the late Victorian era, when it became a residential area, with a small district centre.
The surrounds are quite rural, although it is a suburb. There are fields to the north, and Compstall, between Romiley and Marple, is home to the Etherow Country Park the largest country park in the area.
Romiley contains four conservation areas, a designation made by the local council to protect locations which have special architectural or historical character. It helps reduce traffic, preserve wildlife and important landscapes, and restricts making changes which affect the look of the area such as changing front doors, roofing, facades or windows. They are:
- Barlow Fold (1997, reviewed in 2006). Barlow Fold is around half a mile northeast of Romiley town centre; the conservation area covers 1.0 acre and contains 12 households.
- Chadkirk (2006). A quiet rural retreat lying approximately half a mile south of the centre of Romiley. It comprises farmlands, a 17th-century farm house, out buildings and Victorian walled garden, and a 16th-century chapel, forming an oasis of peace and tranquility, surrounded on three sides by ancient woodlands and the River Goyt which flows alongside.
- Church Lane (1996, extended in 2006). Church Lane Conservation Area is essentially a late-nineteenth century railway suburb, overlaying the lanes and fields of a former agricultural area. It developed as a railway suburb, following the opening of Romiley railway station in 1862. However, it has the form and character of a village or earlier community as the area is focussed around the landmark church of St Chad (1864-6).
- Greave Fold (1996, reviewed 2006). Greave Fold is half a mile north of Romiley town centre; this conservation area covers 5.7 acres and contains 48 households.
A further conservation area adjoins Romiley at Hatherlow in Bredbury.
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