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  • The Diary of James Clegg of Chapel-en-le-Frith, 1708-55. In three parts, 1708-36, 1737-47 and 1748-55. Edited by Vanessa S. DOE. 1978 and published by the Derbyshire Record Society (although Vol 1 is out of print).

    James Clegg (1679-1755) was a Dissenting Minister but found his income insufficient to support himself and his growing family so he followed friends' advice and also took up medicine. He was apprenticed to a practitioner in Macclesfield for a time, then obtained a degree in Medicine from the University of Aberdeen in 1729. Both as a preacher and a doctor he was in demand over a wide area and the diary mentions journeys to Manchester, Chesterfield, Tideswell, Castleton etc. and contains records of children he baptised along the way.

    The books contain a wealth of material covering national, as well as local issues - for instance James even has comments on the Scots Rebellion of 1715! Arguably the definitive guide for anyone researching in the Chinley area, these volumes contain a vivid account of 18th century life.


  • 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 / 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2780 & 2781


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church is in the heart of the village on Buxton Road.
  • David BEVIS provides a fine photograph of the church on Geograph, taken in June, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register exists on Dusty Docs for the period 1680 - 1840.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • Marjorie Ward advises that the Chinley Church of England does NOT have a graveyard.
  • The Independents built a chapel here in 1711. It was later used by the Congregationalists.

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

"CHINLEY, a township in the parish of Glossop, in the hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 3 miles N. of Chapel-le-Frith. Together with Bugsworth and Brownside it forms a chapelry. The village is very considerable. There is an Independent chapel, which anciently belonged to William Bagshawe, an eminent Nonconformist divine, who was called “the Apostle of the Peak”."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

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CHINLEY, BUGSWORTH, and BROWNSIDE: Form a joint township in the ecclesiastical parish of Glossop, and Chapel-en-le-Frith Union. Under the Local Government Act of 1894 they constituted a civil parish, with a council of seven members, for the management of parochial affair. The total area is 3,835 acres, ratable value £9,911, and the population in 1891 was 1,542.



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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • David DIXON has a photograph of the War Memorial at the side of Stubbins Lane on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.
  • David BEVIS also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.

Names, Personal


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Hayfield Chapelry and an extra-parochaial liberty in Derby county.
  • The Township of Chinley was formed as a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This place was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history seraches.
  • District governance is provided by the High Peak Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chapel-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.