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Chapel en le Frith

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Archives and Libraries

The Chapel en le Frith Library at the Town Hall on Market Square is closed Wednesdays and Sundays. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your search.

Dove Holes hamlet is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop at the Meadows every fourth Thursday at mid-day.

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Bibliography

  • SMITH, Mike - The Book of Chapel en le Frith : A Community History of the Parish. Halsgrove, 2003.
    ISBN 1-84114-234-4
     
  • A companion volume to The Book of Bakewell Show and The Book of Edale, for which Reviews are available.
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Cemeteries

Gerald ENGLAND has a photograph of the church burial ground on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.

Basher EYRE has a photograph of part of the churchyard burial ground on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2546 & 2547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2780
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Church History

  • The first chapel in the town was originally built by the Normans, but was replaced with a larger church only 100 years later.
     
  • Buried in the churchyard are soldiers of the Scottish army of the Duke of Hamilton who marched south in support of Charles I in 1648. After their defeat at Preston, they were marched to Chapel and imprisoned in the church for sixteen days in such squalid conditions that forty died; a further ten died when they were marched towards Cheshire.
     
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas a Becket.
     
  • This church was restored in 1886, 1890, 1894 and again during the period 1895-1898.
     
  • This church seats 750.
     
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of St Thomas Becket Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.
     
  • Christ Church was a mission church erected in the extreme north-east of the parish near Whaley Bridge. It was served by the clergy of the parish church..
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1620 and is in good condition.
     
  • Marriages at Chapel-en-le-Frith, 1621-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
     
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
     
  • David DIXON has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists built their chapel in 1852. The chapel closed in 1977.
     
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.
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Correctional Institutions

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of a the old stocks on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.

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Description and Travel

"CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH is a market-town and parish, in the hundred of High Peak, 167 miles from London, 20 S.E. from Manchester, 21 N.W. from Sheffield, 23 W. by N. from Chesterfield, and 6 N. from Buxton. Its name signifies the 'Chapel-in-the-Forest; from the Saxon word frith, a forest or wood - the church or chapel, which originated the town, having been built within the forest of the High Peak. The town is neat and pleasantly situate on the declivity of a hill, rising from an extensive and fertile vale, surrounded by an amphitheatre of lofty eminences that bound this extremity of the county."

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

Peter McDERMOTT has a photograph of Chapel-en-le-Frith on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of "Approaching Chapel-en-le-Frith from the east" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

The Dore and Chinley branch of the Midland Railway opened here in 1894.

Dove Holes, some three miles south of Chapel-en-le-Frith village, is a hamlet that actually covers parts of three parishes, but most of it is in this parish. The other parishes are Peak Forest and Wormhill. The A6 trunk road passes through Dove Holes. St. Paul's Church was built in Dove Holes in 1878-79 as a chapel of ease to Chapel-en-le-Frith. The hamlet also had a Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1911 and several lime works.

You can see pictures of Chapel en le Frith which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Chapel en le Frith to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Historical Geography

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

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History

Gerald ENGLAND has a photograph of the Market Cross on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.

David DIXON has a photograph of a Gold Postbox on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. These are rare and will disappear over time.

David DIXON also has a photograph of the Shoulder of Mutton Pub on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

David DIXON also has a photograph of the Old Pack Horse Pub on Market Street on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

David DIXON also has a photograph of The Fallow Deer pub on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.

And Al PARTINGTON. has a photograph of The Jolly Carter pub. on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Gerald ENGLAND has a photograph of The New Inn on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016. Good Lord, have they run out of pub names?

Gerald ENGLAND also has a photograph of The Royal Oak pub on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

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Military History

  • In 1912, Col. Edward V. D. HALL resided here in Horwich House.
     
  • In 1912, Col. Charles Richard WAINWRIGHT resided here in Brabyns House.
     
  • In 1912, B Company of the 6th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters Regt. was quartered here on Market St. Captain H. Welch commanding; color-sergt. William L. JACKSON, drill Instructor.
     
  • During World War One, there was a Frith Knoll Red Cross Hospital here.
     
  • David DIXON has a photograph of the War Memorial in the Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.
     
  • And John M. also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017.
     
  • And Gerald ENGLAND also has a photograph of the War Memorial in the Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016. His photo caption includes the inscription on the memorial (no names).
     
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Arch at entrance to War Memorial Park on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
     
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Military Records

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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 in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are Not funded to provide you with family history search assistance.
     
  • District governance is provided by the High Peak Borough Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chapel-en-le-Frith petty session hearings monthly in the Town Hall.
     
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became the center of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.
     
  • The union workhouse was built c.1840 on the Whaley Bridge road (grid reference SK051805). It consisted of an entrance range and an accommodation block of three wings centred on an octagonal hub, an infirmary and an isolation hospital.
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Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 2,507
1831 3,220
1851 3,214
1881 4,170
1891 4,647
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Schools

A Public Elementary School (boys and girls) was built here in 1883 and enlarged in 1894, 1903 and 1911 to hold 350 children. Average attendance in 1911 was 240.

Peter McDERMOTT has a photograph of a school at Chaple-en-le-Frith on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.