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  • SHELDON, John - A Short History of Baslow and Bubnell. Published by S.M. Evans, 1986. ISBN:0 9511311 0 9
    Probably out of print, but may be available on Inter-Library Loan (ILL).

  • TAYLOR, Keith - Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley, Beeley. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906789-06-0.


  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2538
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne.

  • The church was built near the end of the 13th century.

  • The church seats 350.

  • Bill HENDERSON has a photograph of the Parish Churchon Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

  • David LALLY has a photograph of the Church Lychgateon Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.

Church Records

  • We have a pop-up window of partially extracted Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Anne's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.

  • There is a handwritten transcription of the early Baslow parish register covering the period 1569 to 1582 made in 1905-6 by a Mr Cockerton held at the Derbyshire Record Office - DRO Ref: D2031/1-2. Thanks to Lynn BURNET for this information.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Eyam.

  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel here in 1912. They eventually moved into their Sunday School building.

  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Churchon Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BASLOW is a small neat village, and chapelry to Bakewell, 4 N. E. miles from that town, situate on the banks of the Derwent. The coaches passing through here infuse a degree of liveliness into it; but it possesses nothing otherwise interesting. The chapel, which is dedicated to St. James [Ed: other ancient sources may give St James, or St Anne; it is now quite definitely, St. Anne's] is a neat building, standing on the bank of the river; the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire; the Rev. Anthony Auriol Barker is the present minister. Population of the chapelry, at the last census 863."

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

The parish covers 5,634 acres and includes the hamlet of Bubnell (across the river).

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Historical Geography

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  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Baslow by Barbarann AYARS.

  • The GARD(O)(U)Ms were a prominent local family, over the years living at Bubnell Hall, Bawkes (a lost place name in the parish of Edensor) and Cliffe House (Curbar - now the site of Cliff College, a training centre for Methodist ministers). There is a baptism in the IGI of Johannes GURDON, son of Christopheri GURDON, at Baslow on 27 Apr 1634, which appears to fit the entry in the Alumni list.

    Another John GARDOM of Bubnell, a yarn merchant, and probably a descendant of the same family, has been noted as the founder of a cotton mill at Calver, in about 1785. The mill was water-powered, and produced cotton until about 1923. More recently, the exterior was used for the filming of Colditz, a 1970s television series, about prisoners-of-war in Colditz Castle in Germany. Today the building has been converted into luxury flats.

Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Baslow War Memorial in the churchyard is on Flickr, but we cannot see the names on the memorial.

Politics and Government

  • This place was incorporated as a Civil Parish on 13 July, 1869, from a portion of Bakewell Civil Parish.

  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.


  • It is known that there was a school at Baslow in 1651, as one John GARDUM was "Adm. sizar. (aged 18) at Peterhouse Oct 10 1651 of Derbyshire. School, Baslow (Barslovencis) Derbs" (Ref: Alumni Cantabriensis, 1500-1751) Note that this was during the Commonwealth period - Oliver Cromwell's rule (1644-1660).