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  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The 1851 census for Carsington is transcribed online by John PALMER at Wirksworth parish area records. The 1861 and 1871 census transcriptions are also on that site.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2756


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Church History

  • In the 7th century, a monk named Betti came down from Northumberland and set up a preaching cross, which now stands on the village green.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • There was a church built here in the 12th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1648 and thoroughly repaired in 1655.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 140.
  • A photograph of this small grey church can be seen at Flickr.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1592 for all entries.
  • We have a pop-up window of Carsington burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Transcripts of the Carsington registers can be found online at the Derbyshire Family History Society.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Wirksworth.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"CARSINGTON is a small parish, about two miles and a half W. from Wirksworth, containing a small ancient church, dedicated to St. Margaret; the living is a rectory, of which the dean of Lincoln is the patron. The parish contained, in 1831, 286 inhabitants, who are chiefly supported by agriculture and mining."

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

Carsington is a village, a township and a parish. The parish covered 1,116 acres in 1857 and was mostly dairy farms. The village lies in a sheltered valley six miles north of Belper.

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Historical Geography

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  • A Roman settlement in the parish now lies beneath Carsington Water.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Carsington by Barbarann AYARS.
  • Carsington Water reservoir was opened by the Queen in May 1992.
  • There is a memorial near the reservoir to the men killed during the construction.
  • The Miners Arms is an 18th century pub and was the centre for local news and conversation. It once stood facing the main road, but the main road was rerouted and is now behind the pub.
  • Here are the names associated with the Miners Amrs Public House in various dierctories:
Year Person
1857 George HARDY, vict.
1881 Chas. MELLOR, farmer
1891 Chas. MELLOR
1912 George MATKIN

Military History

  • In 1912, Lieut.-Col. Harry Anthony CHANDOS-POLE-GELL of Hopton Hall was the lord of the manor. He died in 1934.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • This parish is in the Derbyshire Dales district.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wirksworth petty session hearings.
  • In an unusual legacy, the revenue from two "beast gates" was left to the poor, but the donor now remains unknown. A "beast gate" was a license or permit to use a gate to graze livestock in someone else's field.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.