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"TAXALL, a parish in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Taxall, and Whaley with Yeardsley, and containing 662 inhabitants, of which number, 241 are in the township of Taxall, 8¼ miles (N. E. by E.) from Macclesfield. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £9. 2. 6., and in the patronage of the Rev. J. Swain. The church, dedicated to St. James, has lately received an addition of two hundred and twenty-four sittings, of which two hundred and two are free, the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels having granted £200 towards defraying the expense. The village occupies a pleasing situation on the banks of the river Goyt, which separates it from Derbyshire." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Taxal, also  a township in Taxal ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SK 0179), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become part of Hartington Upper Quarter (Derbyshire), Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) and Wildboaclough.
  • It included the hamlets of Fernilee, Goyts Clough, Normanwood and Overton.
  • The population was 160 in 1801, 205 in 1851, and 342 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Hartington Upper Quarter (Derbyshire), Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) and Wildboaclough.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)
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Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1936)
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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"TAXALL, a parish in the hundred of Macclesfield, county Chester, 4 miles W. of Chapel-en-le-Street, and 8 N.E. of Macclesfield. The village is situated on the banks of the river Goyt, which separates it from Derbyshire. The Peak Forest canal passes through the township of Whaley-cum-Yeardsley, and is here met by the rail-road from Cromford. The surface is mountainous and partially barren, but well wooded. There are collieries, slate works, and quarries of good building and flagstone, chiefly in the township of Whalley. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £312. The church, dedicated to St. James, is modern, with an old tower containing three bells. It has tombs of the Shallcrosses of Shallcross Hall. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1826. Erwood Hall is the principal residence. The parochial charities produce about £17 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, at which a Sunday-school is also held. J. W. Jodrell, Esq., is lord of the manor."

"WHALEY WITH YEARDSLEY, a township in the parish of Taxall, hundred of Macclesfield, county Chester, 9 miles S.E. of Stockport. It is intersected by the Peak Forest canal. At Whaley Bridge is a station of the Manchester, Stockport, and Buxton branch of the London and North-Western railway."

"YEARDSLEY, a hamlet in the parish of Taxall, hundred of Macclesfield, county Chester, 10 miles S.E. of Stockport. It is situated on the W. bank of the river Goyt, on the road from Manchester to Buxton, and is joined with Whaley to form a township."

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Historical Geography

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Politics & Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1936).
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  • Macclesfield
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  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
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