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Archives and Libraries

Biggin village is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops every fourth Wednesday in the early afternoon.



  • FEATHERSTONE, William (Peter), Biggin and Hartington Nether Quarter. date unk. Available at the local Pub.


  • The parish was in the Brailsford sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The Wirksworth website has the 1861 census transcripts for Biggin.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 182
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519 & 2523
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751 & 2755


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


Church History

  • This place once had a settlement of Cistercian monks from Garendon Abbey. The monks brought sheep farming to Biggin Grange.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas.
  • The church was built in 1847-48.
  • The Chapelry of Biggin was formed from Hartington Nether Quarter in 1848.
  • The church seats 350.
  • NeIl THEASBY has a photograph of St Thomas's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.
  • Peter BARR has a different view of St Thomas's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1848.
  • 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 Buxton.
  • The parish had two Primitive Methodist chapels in 1871.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Biggin was a township, a chapelry and a village in the Ashborne district of Derby.  The village is about 7 miles south-west of Bakewell and lies in the Peak District National Park.  There are TWO Biggins in Derbyshire.  This one is more properly known as "Biggin by Hartigan".  The other would be "Biggin by Hulland".

NeIl THEASBY has a photograph of Biggin Village Hall; on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.  It can be useful to stop in and request a copy of the forth-coming events list. Look for lectures on local history and families.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Biggin was once known as "Newbiggin".
  • Travelers and locals are welcomed to The Waterloo Inn on Main Street. Caravan and camping facilities are available.
  • Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of The Waterloo Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2004.
  • These are the proprietors listed in various directories for The Waterloo Inn:
Year  Person
1857 James SHAW
1891 William NAYLOR
1895 Matthew BEETHAM
1899 William DERBYSHIRE
1912 John Thomas GREAVES

Military History


Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Thomas churchyard from World War II:

  1. Charles RILEY, priv., Pioneer Corps, died 10 March 1946, age 19. Grandson of Mary RILEY.
  2. Kenneth SIMS, priv., Royal Armoured Corps, 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry, died 10 July 1941, age 20. Son of Alice SIMS.

Politics and Government

  • The township of Biggin was incorporated as a separate, medern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne Petty Session hearings every Saturday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.