Poynton is a town in Cheshire, England, on the easternmost fringe of the Cheshire Plain. It is 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Manchester, 7 miles (11 km) north of Macclesfield and 5 miles (8 km) south of Stockport.
The first mention of the manor of Poynton was in 1289. Coal was mined in Poynton from the 16th century and the collieries, under the ownership of the Lords Vernon from 1832 until their closure in 1935, were the largest in Cheshire. Consequent urbanisation and socioeconomic development necessitated better transport links; these came with the completion of the Macclesfield Canal through Poynton in 1831, the arrival of the Manchester and Birmingham Railway in 1845 and the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway in 1869. In the late 20th century, Poynton became a commuter town for Manchester. The population has nearly trebled since 1945, to 14,260 in 2011.