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Whaley Bridge

Census

  • The parish was in the Rainow sub-district of the Ecclesfield Registration District in Cheshire until 1936.

  • After 1936, the parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Church History

  • The original Anglican parish church was St. James in Taxal parish, about a mile away from Whaley town centre.

  • Holy Trinity Church in Fernilee opened in 1905.

Church Records

  • The web page author believes that the church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

  • The Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart serves the surrounding communities.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Rainow sub-district of the Ecclesfield Registration District in Cheshire until 1936.

  • After 1936, the parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Description and Travel

"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.

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Directories

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Whaley Bridge has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK011815 (Lat/Lon: 53.330401, -1.984952), Whaley Bridge which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Cheshire and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient Macclesfield Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • The joint townships of Yeardsley and Whaley were transferred from Cheshire to Derbyshire in 1936.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chapel-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.

  • This parish was a member of the Macclesfield Poorlaw Union when the Civil Parish was formed in 1866.