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  • WOMBWELL, Margaret - Ashover Remembered: Memories of Old Ashover. DCC Cultural & Community Services, 2005.  ISBN 978-0903463799.
  • WOMBWELL, Margaret - Barm and Battleships: Memories of Childhood in Ashover. DCC Cultural & Community Services, 2006.  ISBN 978-0903463836.


  • Ashover Cemetery was over 1.5 acres in size in 1912, with one mortuary chapel.
  • The cemetery was and is administered by the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2518 & 2525
1871 R.G. 10 / 3604
1891 R.G. 12 / 2757

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ashover area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • There was a church here at the time of the Norman Conquest.
  • The present church was built in 1419.
  • The church seats 600.
  • The church is Grade I listed with British Heritage.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of Ashover Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2000.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1622, with a gap in baptisms from 1623 to 1653.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of All Saints Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • We have a pop-up window of partially extracted Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.
  • The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists both had chapels here by 1857.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ASHOVER is a village, in the parish of its name, partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, but chiefly in Scarsdale hundred; 4 miles N.N.E. from Matlock, about 7 miles S. from Chesterfield, and about the like distance N.W. from Alfreton; pleasantly situate near the rivers Amber and Milntown: it is a place of considerable antiquity having had a church at the time of the conquest, and was formerly a market-town. Coal, iron-stone, mill-stone and lead are found in the parish, and the Gregory lead mine is said to have been, at one time, the richest in the kingdom, but of late years its produce has much decreased."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish also included the hamelt of Alton or Aulton, about 1.5 miles southeast of Ashover and the hamlet of Kelstedge, 1 mile north of the village.

You should review the content of the Ashover village website.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ashover has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ashover to another place.


  • The parish land was primarily used for pasturage.
  • The parish held fairs for cattle and sheep on April 25th and October 15th.
  • A statute fair was held every November.
  • The parish had nine Public Houses (or Inns) in 1891 and 1912.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Black Swan in Ashover on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2000.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Crispin Inn in Ashover on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2000.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK348631 (Lat/Lon: 53.163874, -1.480944), Ashover which are provided by:

Military History

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of a sign on the Crispin Inn in Ashover that gives some military history on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.
  • The parish War Memorial names can be seen at: Ashover.Org.

Military Records

  • Rob MARRIOTT provides a list of names from the Ashover War Memorial.
  • There is a similar list of names with more detail at the Ashover.Org site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township and parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake) and partly in the Wirksworth Hundred.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history lookups.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.
  • n 1767, 42 Derbyshire parishes (some would later become part of the Chesterfield Poor Law union) voluntarily formed themselves into the Ashover Union. The Union bought a large former bath-house at Ashover for use as a joint workhouse. This workhouse had 60 inmates in 1777. It appears that this building was in use up through 1900.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.