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  • The Edale Society - The Book of Edale. Halsgrove, 2003. ISBN 1-84114-245-X.



  • 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 / 2781


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Edale 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

  • This place was long a Chapelry in Castleton parish.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Cross.

  • The church was built in 1812 and was demolished in March, 1885.

  • A new church of the same name was built about 100 yards away using stones from the old church in 1885-86. The new church was consecrated on 23 June 1886.

  • The site of the old church was retained as a burial ground.

  • Martin CLARK has a photograph of Edale Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2002.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1633.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Eyam.

  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1847.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • Remember that prior to 1867, Edale was part of Castleton parish.

  • 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 Edale which are provided by:
"The parish of Castleton, including the chapelry of EDALE, contained, in 1821, 1,428 inhabitants, & in 1831, 1,329."

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

The parish covers just over 7,000 acfres and the River Noe runs through the valley.

Michael ELY shows us that Hope is not lost while in Edale. Photo on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012. Check in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. Or hire the hall for your family re-union!



  • The Vale of Edale, a 'U' shaped valley between Kinder Scout to the north, and Mam Tor and Lose Hill to the south, has no major settlement. It is populated by 'booths' - originally shelters used in the 15th and 16th century by herdsmen tending cattle. These 'cattle ranches', or 'vaccaries' were sited on the north side of the valley to get most sun; Grindsbrook Booth is the major hamlet sited overlooking the Grinds Brook near to where it joins the River Noe, and has the church, post office, two inns, and railway station.

    Other settlements are named Nether (Lower) Booth, Ollerbrook Booth, Barber Booth and Upper Booth. Upper Booth's first farmstead is known as Crowdenlea; hence Crowdenlee ('Crowdenlie') Booth is an alternative name found in some records. Nether, or Lower Booth has the alternative name of Lady Booth.

    Crowdenlea's property can be dated to as early as 1587; it is a 'long' house - three rooms side by side. Apparently, some fascinating 17th and 18th century account books also survive for this property, possibly in the owner's possession. It was formerly the home of Miss Greta Shirt. [Ref: Redfern, Roger - A Reminder of Domesday. Article published in Peak District Magazine (a Dalesman Publication), August 1998, pp19-22]


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Edale 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 SK123856 (Lat/Lon: 53.367115, -1.816620), Edale which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry parish of Castleton in Derby county.

  • This place was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chape-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.