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  • NAYLOR, Diane - The Chatsworth Villages - Beeley, Edensor & Pilsley. Landmark, 2005. ISBN 1-84306-198-8.

  • 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 / 2540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne.

  • Parts of the church fabric date back to 1150.

  • The church was extensively restored in 1884.

  • The church seats 200.

  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Anne's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1890.

  • Martin SPECK has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"BEELEY, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the S.E. of Bakewell, and 6 N.W. from Matlock. It is situated on the river Derwent, and has a stone quarry on Beeley Moor, from which the well-known grindstones are obtained. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, val. £98, in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. The church, dedicated to St. Anne, is an old building with a low tower. There are several small charities, of the value of £7 per annum. There is a free school, erected and supported by the Duke of Devonshire, who is lord of the manor and chief landowner."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012. You may want to stop in and ask for a schedule of forthcoming events.

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Bakewell parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a seperate, modern CIvil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake) in the Western division of the county.

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.