Taxal

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

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, 8 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.

WHALEY, a township, joint with Yeardsley, in the parish of TAXALL, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 9 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.

YEARDSLEY, a township, joint with Whaley, in the parish of TAXALL, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 9 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.

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