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Earl Sterndale


  • HINE, Sheila - Around Longnor. Churnet Valley Books, 2007. Includes photographs and anecdotes from Earl Sterndale. ISBN 1-904546-47-1.



  • This hamlet was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Earl Sterndale 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 Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.

  • The church was originally built in the 14th century.

  • The church was rebuilt in 1828.

  • The church was destroyed by an errant German bomb in 1941.

  • The church was restored in 1952.

  • The church seats about 252.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1765.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • Rosemary LOCKIE provides a transcription of the Earl Sterndale stone memorials from St Michael & All Angels Churchyard.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The hamlet was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"EARL STERNDALE, a hamlet in the parish of Hartington, hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 6 miles S. of Buxton, and 8 W. of Bakewell. It is situated near the river Dove, and, together with Hartington Middle Quarter, forms a chapelry. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £130, in the patronage of the Vicar of Hartington."

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

You may also wish to read the Derbyshire Village Book entry.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Earl Sterndale 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 SK090670 (Lat/Lon: 53.199988, -1.866735), Earl Sterndale which are provided by:

Military History

  • Rosemary LOCKIE provides a photograph and a transcription of the War Memorial.

Politics and Government

  • This place was a hamlet and Chapelry in Hartington Middle Quarter parish in Derby county. Ther is no record of it becoming a modern Civil Parish.

  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • The ecclesiastical parish of Earl Sterndale was formed from Hartington Middle Quarter in 1873.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.


  • The Earl Sterndale History Group meet in the Chapel on the first and third Thursdays of every month.