BONSALL, Derbyshire


Bonsall - A Village and its History. The Bonsall History Project, 2006.

Chapters are on:

  1. Geology of the Bonsall Area;
  2. Archaeology, Prehistory and Early History of Bonsall and its Region;
  3. A Thousand Years of Growth;
  4. Running Bonsall;
  5. Bonsall at School;
  6. Bonsall at Prayer;
  7. Roads and Transport;
  8. Architecture and Building;
  9. Farming;
  10. Lead mining, fluorspar and opencast mining;
  11. Other Extractive Industries;
  12. Working with Renewable Materials;
  13. Food and Drink;
  14. Textiles;
  15. Bonsall at War;
  16. Bonsall at Play;
  17. The Bonsall Factor;
    Index of family names.

This is by far the best of the many village histories I've read. The lists of family names in Chapter 3 - 'A Thousand Years of Growth' are a real treat for any Family Historian, but the accompanying analyses really bring the past to life in a way that no simple lists can. For instance, I was made aware that the 17th century Inventories - the accounts of goods owned by the deceased, which we are so familiar with from our own research - were of real people, and I could well imagine walking into the shop belonging to the ABELL family in the 17th century, and seeing some of the Inventory goods for sale. A bargain for £10 + post and package, but please see the Bonsall History Project website for how to order.

Bonsall - A Portrait of a Village and its Church. The Bonsall History Project, 2000.

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Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2756
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

"BONSALL is a parish, containing a village which was once a market town, and the market cross, consisting of a pillar, bearing the date of 1687, resting on a base formed by an ascent of fifteen steps, still remains. The houses which form the village are scattered over a considerable plot of ground, the centre of which is between three and four miles N.W. from Wirksworth, and about one mile and a half from Cromford; the approach to it from the latter place being by the Via Gellia, a singularly romantic ravine."

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

Upper Town and Slaley are hamlets in the parish.

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Military History

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Military Records

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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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