In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Yeardsley like this:
WHALEY-CUM-YEARDSLEY, a township in Taxall parish, Cheshire; around Whaley-Bridge. Acres, 1,320. Real property, £3,952; of which £1,100 are in mines, £60 in quarries, and £20 in fisheries. Pop. in 1851, 693; in 1861, 1,052. Houses, 212. Yeardsley Hall was formerly the seat of the Jodrells, and is now a farmhouse. There is a Baptist chapel.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Yeardsley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of High Peak. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Yeardsley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Yeardsley, in High Peak and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th October 2014
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