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"YEARDSLEY, a township, joint with Whaley, in the parish of TAXALL, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 9¾ miles (S. E. by E.) from Stockport. The population is returned with Whaley. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, with a Sunday school attached. The river Goyt, and the Peak Forest canal, run through the parish, and from the latter a railway passes to the Connesford canal. Here are extensive collieries, and one of the seams of coal is crossed by a rich vein of lead. In the village of Yeardsley, which is a place of considerable antiquity, the manufacture of tape is carried on to a limited extent." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"WHALEY, a township, joint with Yeardsley, in the parish of TAXALL, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 9¼ miles (S. E.) from Stockport, containing, with Yeardsley, 421 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The Peak Forest canal passes through the parish.." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Yeardsley cum Whaley was a township in Taxal ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SK 0179), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become parts of Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) and Disley.
  • It included the hamlets of Bridgemont, Hockley Bridge, Stoneheads, Whaley Bridge and Yeardsley.
  • The population was 160 in 1801, 205 in 1851, and 342 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Whaley Bridge (Derbyshire) and Disley.


  • Taxal: St. James, formerly St. Leonard (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Yeardsley cum Whaley.
  • Whaley Bridge, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1820. Registers 1827-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Whaley Bridge: Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1900.
  • Whaley Bridge, Baptist Union Chapel.
  • Whaley Bridge, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Built in 1869.


Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Stockport (County) (1828-1936)

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Politics and Government

  • Yeardsley cum Whaley Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Yeardsley cum Whaley Urban District (1894-1936)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1915)
  • Macclesfield (1918-36)