Dukinfield is a small town within the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside. Historically it was a subdistrict of Ashton under Lyne, but it was also classed as a township in the parish of Stockport, Cheshire. The church of St. Mary the Virgin in Stockport was the ancient parish church for the township of Dukinfield until St. John the Evangelist was built there in 1841.
The Chartist leader, Reverend Joseph Rayner Stephens is buried in St John's Church cemetery. Chartism was a working class political movement which campaigned to make the electoral system more democratic.
Dukinfield developed rapidly during the Industrial Revolution, with its workers employed in cotton spinning mills, coal mines and iron works.