TAXAL: St. James (Church of England)

Church History

An ancient parish church (originally dedicated to St. Leonard), serving the townships of Taxal and Yeardsley cum Whaley (Whaley Bridge). Includes the chapel of Fernilee: Holy Trinity.

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1921 July 1 — enlarged when the township of Kettleshulme was transferred from Saltersford: St. John the Baptist, to form the district of "Taxal with Kettleshulme".
  • 1923 June 1 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Disley: St. Mary the Virgin: "All that portion of the Parish of Taxal with Kettleshulme, in the said County and Diocese, which is bounded upon the south by an isolated portion of the Parish of Prestbury, in the same County and Diocese, upon the north west by the said New Parish of Saint Mary, Disley, upon part of the east by the New Parish of Chinley with Bugsworth, in the County of Derby and in the Diocese of Southwell, and upon the remaining sides, that is to say, upon the remaining part of the east and upon the south east by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said New Parish of Chinley with Bugsworth from the said Parish of Taxal with Kettleshulme at the centre of the bridge which carried the road leading from Bugsworth into the Buxton Road across the River Goyt, and extending thence westward along the middle of the first mentioned road for a distance of 4½ chains or thereabouts to the point where it diverges southward along the eastern side of the Stockport and Buxton Line of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and extending thence first westward to the middle of the said line of railway and then southward along the middle of such line of railway for a distance in all of 21 chains or thereabouts to the centre of the culvert which carries such line of railway across the stream known as Ringstone Clough, and extending thence first westward and then generally south westward along the middle of Ringstone Clough for a distance of threequarters of a mile or thereabouts to the point where it meets the fence forming the south-eastern boundary of the Whaley Bridge Golf Course and also of the close numbered 57 upon the Ordnance Survey Map of the Civil Parish of Yeardsley cum Whaley published in the year 1909 upon the scale of 25 inches to a mile and also upon the map or plan which is annexed to this Scheme or Representation, and extending thence south westward along the said fence for a distance of 17 chains or thereabouts to the point where it meets the north-eastern side of the Buxton Old Road, and continuing thence south-westward and in a straight line across the Buxton Old Road for a distance of 15 yards or thereabouts to a point in the middle of the occupation road leading from the Buxton Old Road to the Stoneheads Reservoir, and extending thence south eastward along the middle of the said occupation road for a distance of 11 chains or thereabouts to a point opposite to the north-eastern end of the fence forming the south-eastern boundary of the close numbered 67 upon the said maps, and extending thence first south westward to and then first south westward, then westward and then again south westward along the last mentioned fence for a distance of 26½ chains or thereabouts to its south-western end upon the boundary which divides the said Parish of Taxal with Kettleshulme from the said isolated portion of the said Parish of Prestbury".

Church Records

C = Christenings (Baptisms) ; M = Marriages ; B = Burials ; BTs = Bishop's Transcripts

Original Registers C 1610-1977 ; M 1610-1994 ; B 1610-1956 — Cheshire Record Office (P 233)
C from 1977 ; M from 1994 ; B from 1956 — Church
Microfilm Copies

C 1610-1867 ; M 1610-1894 ; B 1610-1894 — Cheshire Record Office
C 1867-1957 ; M 1894-1908 ; B 1894-1919 — Stockport Heritage Library

Bishop's Transcripts 1599, 1605, 1663-65, 1668-74, 1676, 1678-85, 1693-94, 1712, 1715, 1717-23, 1726-27, 1729-1813, 1815, 1818-60 ; 1861-78 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and Indexes C 1610-1837 ; B 1610-1833 (transcript/index by W. Eyre) — Cheshire Record Office ; Society of Genealogists' Library
M 1611-1837 — published in: Cheshire Parish Registers: Marriages, vol. 5 (Phillimore, 1914)
M 1611-1837 — North & East Cheshire Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry or findmypast
M 1651-1675, 1701-1750, 1776-1837 — Boyd's Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry and findmypast 
M 1680-1750, 1808-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
B 1610-1894 — National Burial Index ; North Cheshire Family History Society

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