BAKEWELL, Derbyshire


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Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 183
1861 R.G. 9 / 2538 thru 2540 & 2545
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773 & 2774
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Church History

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Church Records

Parish registers, 1614-1973. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, 1614-1803
Marriages, 1614-1770; Banns, 1653-1660
Burials, 1616-1803
Baptisms, 1803-1887
Burials, 1803-1812
Marriages, 1819-1895
Banns, 1777, 1815-1821
Baptisms, 1821-1847, 1841-1842
Banns, 1862-1893
Burials, 1813-1901
Baptisms, 1887-1901
Marriages, 1895-1900
Baptisms, 1899-1937
Marriages, 1895-1936 (to 25 Apr. 1936)
Marriages, 1936-1944 (from 11 Apr. 1936)
Burials, 1901-1918, 1929, 1973
Bishop's transcripts, 1614-1872. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1614-1812 0422183
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1813-1837
Baptisms and burials, 1838-1858; 1867-1872
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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

"BAKEWELL, a market town and township, in the extensive parish of its name, and in the hundred of High Peak, of which district it is termed the metropolis; is 153 miles from London 36 S.E. from Manchester, 25 N.N.W. from Derby, 16 N. from Ashbourn, 12 W. from Chesterfield, 12 E. by S. from Buxton, 10 N.W. from Matlock, and 6 N. from Winster. Bakewell is an ancient town, situate at the foot of a hill, on the western bank of the river Wye, whose stream abounds with trout and other fish affording ample reward to the patience of the angler; while the rich and romantic scenery, enhanced in beauty by the noble appearance of wood-clad hills, present strong and almost not to be resisted inducements, to the visitors of Buxton and Matlock, to tarry a time in this vicinity."

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

The parish of Bakewell is one of the largest in the county - at one point covering 9 Chapelries and 14 townships.

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Military History

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Military Records

Gerald ENGLAND has a photograph of the War Memorial plaques on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.

These 10 casualties from World War I are buried in the Bakewell Community Cemetery:

  1. G. W. BLAGDEN, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 8 Oct. 1918.
  2. T. HICKS, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 12 March 1919.
  3. F. HOLDER, corporal, Dbys Yeomanry, age 31, died 17 May 1920.
  4. H. C. MARSDEN, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 13 Dec. 1919.
  5. John H. SHERRATT, srgt., Ryl. Defence Corps., age 34, died 7 Nov. 1918.
  6. E. H. SMITH, pioneer, Ryl. Engineers, died 14 May 1919.
  7. Ernest A. SMITH, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 14 Nov. 1918.
  8. T. SWANN, Captain, Sherwood Foresters, died 18 Jan. 1917.
  9. T. E. TURNER, priv., Sherwood Foresters, age 40, died 4 June 1919.
  10. Edward WOOD, priv., Durham Light Inf., age 22, died 7 Feb. 1918.

These two casualties from World War II are buried in the Bakewell Community Cemetery:

  1. William McGREGOR, ldg. aircraftman, RAF Vol. Rsv., age 27, died 24 July 1944.
  2. Reginald W. POWELL, ldg. seaman, RN, age 20, died 5 Oct. 1941. Served on the minesweeper HMS Eastbourne.
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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings each Friday.

The Common Land was enclosed here in 1806.

The Bakewell Almshouses - subject of a recent restoration project which began in 2003 - are a familiar feature in South Church Street. The present row of cottages dates from 1709, built behind the then Town Hall to accommodate six inmates; however the Almshouse Charity associated with their administration predates their construction by over 100 years, being founded by deeds of 30th April 1602 and 26th April 1605 by Roger Manners and John Manners of Haddon Hall "so that we can give charitable disposition towards the relief of poor people inhabiting the town of Bakewell". It was to be called the St John's Hospital, with its income raised from rents levied on lands at Bradmore in South Nottinghamshire, and granted by John Manners to Roger Manners, Roger Collumbell, Rowland Eyre and George Bowne for administration. The 1602 provision was for accommodation for four men, each of which was to receive a pension. In 1605 this was increased to six Almsmen, together with an increase in their pension allowance, and an increased allowance to the laundress (who lived elsewhere).

The first accommodation was described in the Deed of 1602 as "so much of a newly erected house, being part of the chapel, as contained four lodgings below and having the Town Hall over it, and the backside or garden-stead and shall remain a hospital for ever and the same should be called St John's Hospital". Evidence of the sleeping cells was found during alterations some years ago. A dining hall for the Governor and poor is then mentioned in the document of 1605.

The Almsmen were to be "single and unmarried and wear a gown, upon the left breast of which was a cross of blue and yellow to be continually worn", and in the event of an inmate being "an alehouse haunter, drunkard or notorious offender or found begging" he was to be expelled. Church-attendance was mandatory, on penalty of a fine of twelve pence.

[Information summarised from history provided by, which is no longer online]
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