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  • EDWARDS, Brian - Calver, Curbar and Froggatt in Old Photographs. Northend of Sheffield, 2005. ISBN 0-9525064-9-1.

  • Calver - A Booklet for the Millennium. Published locally, 2000.


  • 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 / 2538
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773

Church History

  • There appears to be no Anglican parish church in Calver.

Church Records

  • Parishioners would use All Saints Anglican church in Cubar.

  • An Anglican church would be in the rural deanery of Eyam.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1860.

  • Roger TEMPLE has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Calver which are provided by:
"CALVER is a hamlet, in the parish of Bakewell; one mile E. S.E. from Stoney Middleton, situate upon the river Derwent. It contains a considerable cotton mill, and the neighbourhood abounds with lime-stone. The population, by the parliamentary returns for 1831, amounted to 616."

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

There is a description online at A Peak District Village.

The A623 trunk road between Manchester and Chesterfield runs through the village. You might enjoy Barbara Whiteman's photographs of Calver.

Alan HEARDMAN has an almost overhead photograph of Calvar Village on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.



Historical Geography

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


  • The land in the parish was primarily used for grazing.

  • In 1799 the River Derwent washed away the Calver Bridge and part of the village cotton mill. Shortly after this, the rest of the mill burned to the ground. A new mill was built and opened in 1804. The mill provided work to 200 people by 1830.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK242745 (Lat/Lon: 53.266932, -1.638627), Calver which are provided by:

Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Calver War Memorial and the name on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient hamlet in Bakewell parish in Derbyshire and became a 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.

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