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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]

  • 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.


  • Taxal: St. James, formerly St. Leonard (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Taxal.
  • Fernilee: Holy Trinity (Church of England). A chapel to Taxal: St. James, founded by 1883.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1936)

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Taxal ancient parish with separate pages


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Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1936).

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1936)