Micklehurst is a village in Cheshire, and a part of the area of Mossley, near the boundaries of Lancashire and West Yorkshire. It is situated among a hilly region approximately one mile east of Mossley Railway Station and three miles northwest of Staleybridge.
Micklehurst is part of the Mottram parish and was once thriving with cotton and wool industries. Its population in 1851 was recorded as 619, but quickly increased do to the prosperity of the cotton trade during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
One of the main sporting venues in Micklehurst is the Micklehurst Cricket Club. The club was formed in 1890 by employees of George Lawton and Sons, Woollen manufacturers of Micklehurst. When you look at the contours of the surrounding land, you realise what a labour of love it must have been to create the playing area. In those early days the ground was much smaller than it is today and boundaries only counted as three runs, after which the batsmen changed ends.
In 1898 Micklehurst became members of the Oldham and Ashton District League along with New Hey, West Oldham, Oldham Independents, Ashton Albion and Mossley Brow. The club joined the Saddleworth and District League in 1900. Throughout the ensuing 100 years, Micklehurst always featured consistently as League or Cup winners.
One of the lowest times for the club was on the 9th September 1984 when fire destroyed much of the clubhouse. Thanks to the generosity of townspeople, member clubs of the Saddleworth League and cricket clubs throughout the country £3,348.16 was raised, sufficient to replace the damaged building. Sadly most of the club’s photographic history was lost forever.Micklehurst Cricket Club