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

  • There are 1891 Census records at the Rosemary Lockie Wishful Thinking site.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2543
1891 R.G. 12 / 2777

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

  • The church spire was added in the 15th century.

  • The church was restored and re-opened in 1874.

  • Andrew McCann has a photograph of St. John's Church at the Wishful Thinking site.

  • The church seats 300.

  • The church is Grade II listed with English Heritage.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1590.

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

  • The church would have been in the rural deanery of Buxton.

  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here in the early 1900s.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Blackwell which are provided by:
"BLACKWELL, a township in the parish of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 4 miles to the E. of Buxton. The river Wye flows near this place."

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

The village and parish report themselves to be the highest in Derbyshire and one of the highest in all England. The stream which flows by the place is locally called the "Illy Willy Water." The stream runs from a spring for about a quarter mile before dsappearing underground. There is a photograph of the parish at Geograph.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Blackwell 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 SK124723 (Lat/Lon: 53.247562, -1.815633), Blackwell which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Taddington parish in Derbyshire.

  • The township was incorporated as a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • 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 each Friday.

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