The village is not mentioned in the 11th-century Domesday survey, but from the 13th century gained notability as the manorial estate of Richard de Bradwall and his successors, including the families of Venables, Berington and Oldfield.
From the early 19th century, it became the seat of the Latham family of Bradwall who resided at Bradwall Hall until its demolition in the early 20th century.
The Barlow Baronetcy, of Bradwall Hall, Sandbach, was created on 20 July 1907 for John Barlow. He was a successful businessman and also represented Frome in the House of Commons as a Liberal. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second Baronet. He sat as Member of Parliament for Eddisbury and Middleton and Prestwich. As of 2007 the title is held by his eldest son, the third Baronet, who succeeded in 1986.
The manufacturer of Foden Trucks and their award-winning Fodens Motor Works Band, were based in Bradwall until a boundary change in 1936 placed them in the adjacent parish of Sandbach.