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  • The parish was in the Dore sub-district of the Eclesall Berlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1871 R.G. 10 / 4666
1891 R.G. 12 / 3800


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Church History

  • The old chapel was built here around 1700 and was taken down when the new church was built.
  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Christ.
  • Christ Church was built in 1828-1829.
  • Christ Church ecclesiastical parish was created in 1844.
  • Alterations and improvements to the church were made in 1864 and 1882.
  • The chancel was enlarged in 1897.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of Christ Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1813 for baptisms, 1844 for marriages and 1829 for burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1860.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Methodist Church on High Street on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.
  • A Union chapel (for Baptists and Congregationalists) was built here in 1910.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • Prior to 1867, look for Civil Registration records under Dronfield parish.
  • Starting in 1867, the parish was in the Dore sub-district of the Ecclesall Bierlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

The village lies on a hill above the Rive Sheaf on the Yorkshire border.

"DORE is a hamlet, also in the parish of Dronfield, about a mile and a half therefrom, and nine miles north-west from Chesterfield; it is a place of no consideration in the way of trade. The number of inhabitants, in 1831, was 527."

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

M. J. RICHARDSON has a photograph of the Dore and Totley Train Station on Geo-graph, taken in July 1960.

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Historical Geography

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  • The village is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 827 (or 829).
  • The railway came to Dore in 1894.

Military History

  • During World War I the Red Cross established a VAD Hospital here, along with an annex, in St. John's church room.
  • The World War I war memorial, built in 1921, is captured in photographs at the Dore Village website. The plaque was added to the memorial after World War II.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012.

Military Records

  • The World War I casualty list can be found at the Dore Village website.

Names, Geographical

  • "'Narrow pass', v. dor. The valley from which it is named was formerly on the boundary between the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria, and subsequently between Derbyshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire."
    (Ref: The Place-Names of Derbyshire, K. CAMERON, Cambridge University Press, 1959)

    Although Dore was historically in Derbyshire, it is now a suburb of Sheffield.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Dronfield parish and became a separate Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • This Civil Parish was abolished in April 1934 and all 2,168 acres merged into Sheffield Civil Parish in Yorkshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish was in the Ecclesall Bierlow Poorlaw Union.
  • Three almshouses were built on Tetley Brook Road in 1900 by Christopher CARTER.

Probate Records

  • Wills of Dore and Totley 1539 - 1747 is a book of 58 pages edited by David HEY, and published by the Dore Village Society in 1990. The Wills (including inventories) were transcribed by the Local History class, and the book contains 10 full transcriptions plus a list of all the other wills and inventories which were transcribed.