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  • St Thomas, Abbey Lane, Beauchief (ex. par.), Church of England


  • The parish was in the Norton sub-district of the Eclesall Berlow Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 3467
1871 R.G. 10 / 4667
1891 R.G. 12 / 3801


  • St Thomas, Abbey Lane, Beauchief (ex. par.), Church of England

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Church History

  • The Abbey was built here between 1172 and 1176.

  • The chapel of Saint Thomas was built in 1660 out of part of the ruins of the abbey.

  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of St Thomas a Becket's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1812 for baptisms and from 1814 for burials.

  • Marriages at Beauchief, 1696-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.

  • The Baptists have a chapel on Hutcliffe Wood Road, but the date of construction is unreported.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Norton sub-district of the Eclesall Berlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Beauchief which are provided by:
"BEAUCHIEFF ABBEY, a village extra parochial, in the same hundred as Dronfield, is situate in a beautiful vale, about three miles and a half from that town. The abbey was founded between the years 1172 and 1176, for regular canons of the Premonstratensian order, by Robert Fitz-Ranulph, lord of Alfreton, in expiation for having conspired with the other knights who slew Thomas-a-Becket."

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

The parish borders on Yorkshire to the north and covers 745 acres. The city of Sheffield lies 4 miles to the north.

Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Beuachief Golf Course on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008. Obviously Chris thinks there's more to Beuachief than just Family History.



Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK333817 (Lat/Lon: 53.331158, -1.501440), Beauchief which are provided by:

Military History

  • The parish has a Cold War ROC site underground.

Names, Geographical

  • "This is a typical French name for a monastic site 'the beautiful headland', from OFr. beau (v. bel) chef, cf. Beachy Head (Sussex). The abbey was situated near a hill-spur."
    (Ref: The Place-Names of Derbyshire, K. Cameron, Cambridge University Press, 1959)

    See also Dore.

    Note: 'Beauchief' is pronounced locally as 'Beech-iff' ('Beech' as in tree), and with emphasis on the first syllable. Typically, Derbyshire dialect swallows the last syllables of words!

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient extra-parochial area in Derbyshire until incorporated as a Civil Parish in 1858.

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

  • In April, 1934, this Civil Parish was abolished and the entire parish became a ward of Sheffield city. As such, it is now part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty sessional hearings.

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