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Chapel en le Frith


  • 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.



  • 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:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2546 & 2547
1891 R.G. 12 / 2780


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Chapel en le Frith area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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.

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.

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.

Description and Travel

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



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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK058807 (Lat/Lon: 53.323180, -1.914393), Chapel en le Frith which are provided by:

Military History

  • David DIXON has a photograph of the War Memorial in the Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial in the Market Place. A photograph and the list of names are at the Roll of Honour site.

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).

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.


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