"WHALEY, or Whaley Bridge, is a joint township with Yeardisley, in the parish of Taxall, hundred of Macclesfield, and county of Chester, 3 miles from Chapel-en-le-Frith. and rather more than 9 S.E. from Stockport, situate on the main road from Manchester to London, through Buxton. The Peak Forest canal passes through the parish. The parish of Taxall contained, by the last census, 587 inhabitants, and the township 403 of that number."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish sits on the banks of the River Goyt 16 miles south of Manchester. There is hourly rail service to the village from Manchester. There is limited service to Buxton.