"ASHFORD, or Ashford-in-the-Water, from being seated on the Wye, is a small village, and chapelry to Bakewell, about one mile from that town, on the road to Buxton. There are many lead mines in the neighbourhood, several of which are now working; and at the entrance of the village from Buxton are the marble-mills and show-rooms of Messrs. Oldfield & Co. established near a century ago, where the sawing of marble, by improved machinery is carried on in all its various branches, for chimney-pieces, monuments, tables, &c., from quarries on the estate of the Duke of Devonshire."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
The parish covers just over 2,500 acres. The village is now bypassed by the A6 road. There is more about the village and parish at the Peak District site.
You can see pictures of Ashford in the Water which are provided by:
In the 1800s most of the parish land was given over to pasturage.
The village held a traditional village feast on Trinity Sunday each year.
The Ashford Female Friendly Society was founded here in June, 1788, at the house of William COCKAYNE, an innkeeper. Its aim was to help members who contributed money regularly to the club out of difficulties when sick or when a husband or wife died. It had various rules and regulations and it was possible to be excluded for not paying dues or having illegitimate children.
The Ashford Mens Friendly Society also existed. This was similar to other "sick clubs" that were established in communities to aid residents who were sick or injured. I have no sources that tell me the dates that they were established or operated, but Mike SPENSER has supplied these undated lists of members.
At the end of Fennel Street is a pump site, usually referred to as the Top Pump, covered by a shelter. This shelter was added in 1881 and the seat was installed after the First World War as a celebration of Peace.
Terry ROBINSON has a photograph of the WWI Memorial Cross in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
Terry ROBINSON also has a photograph of the WW2 Memorial Plaque in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.