Until Victorian times, Romiley was a mainly agricultural area and its name, which means ‘spacious woodland clearing’, reflects this. The town later became a residential area, although it also has a bustling town centre with a variety of shops.
Romiley has a rich history and the Sandy Lane area of the town is thought to have been a Roman settlement. There is a great example of a nineteenth century Victorian railway suburb in Church Lane. The beautiful Victorian and Edwardian housing in this area was built following the construction of the historic Romiley railway station in 1862. The council are striving to protect this area for future generations and as a result, the houses, station, Railway Bridge and the nearby Railway Pub have now been placed within a designated conservation area.
Romiley’s most famed and historic building is Chadkirk Chapel on Vale Road. Built in the 14th century, this beautiful chapel is located in the middle of the Chadkirk Estate and nature reserve. Its name means ‘church of Chad’ and it is thought to be associated with the 7th century missionary of the same name.
Like many of its neighbouring towns, Romiley is also blessed with some beautiful countryside. The area surrounding Chadkirk Chapel is particularly lovely with a wildflower meadow and a restored walled garden. This peaceful setting is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon relaxing or enjoying a woodland walk. If you prefer something a little more lively, the Chadkirk Chapel estate also regularly holds an array of events and leisure activities such as well dressing, bird watching, history walks and an annual summer festival.
Beautiful, tranquil and with a surprisingly rich history, Romiley is a wonderful town that everybody should explore.