About The Stanhill Village

Stanhill Village is a dynamic community that is very proud of its rich heritage.

The Village Residents and Fete Committee works hard to produce the annual village fete, an event that attracts well over a thousand people every year. Our Pensioners Party and Sing Around The Tree events at Christmas also attract popular support. We work tirelessly on behalf of residents to support good causes, improve the amenities of the village and make it an attractive place to live.

The Residents and Fete Committee

The Stanhill Village Residents and FeteThe Stanhill Residents Association was established in January 2009 following a successful three year campaign to prevent Barratts Homes building an unsuitable housing development in the village.

The campaign encouraged local residents to come together and continue to actively support the interest of this historic and highly attractive village. The best way of achieving this was  through a residents association, supported by the local council but most importantly by villagers themselves. In 2014 the Residents Association merged with the highly successful and much longer standing Stanhill Fete Committe to form the Stanhill Residents and Fete Committee. This has enabled us to combine lobbying on behalf of residents with organising the village fete and other events and providing benefit to the local community.

Please explore the site and find out how you can get involved.

The Heritage Walk

All of the trail is public access and involves a mixture of hard pavement, footpath and bridlepath. Depending on the weather you might want to ensure you wear appropriate footwear. If you work up a thirst or an appetite you can also drop in at the Stanhill Pub located in the centre of the village and which has some pictures of old Stanhill, including James Hargreaves’ family tree.

The heritage walk map

Walk The Trail

Step into the past

The village school includes many of the original weavers cottages as well as a number of impressive buildings that reflect the prosperity that was associated with the industrial development of the area in the 19th century. On the trail you will encounter Hargreaves’ cottage as well as Stanhill Hall, the birthplace and home of the popular and prolific Victorian novelist, William Bury Westall. To the west of the village you will find Peel Fold Farm the original home of Robert Peel, a farmer, textile innovator and entrepreneur who encouraged Hargreaves in his developments. His grandson, Sir Robert Peel, became Prime Minister and creator of the first organised police force.

Stanhill also boasts one of the oldest working Methodist churches in the region which hosts our talks, workshops and demonstrations.

To the west of the village you will find Peel Fold Farm the original home of Robert Peel, a farmer, textile innovator and entrepreneur who encouraged Hargreaves in his developments. His grandson, Sir Robert Peel, became Prime Minister and creator of the first organised police force.

Lace up your boots: a history route that offers peaceful walking and history insights from the birthplace of the industrial revolution