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.
"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”."
In BULMER's 1895 Directory of Derbyshire, the entry is:
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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