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  • BUNTING, Julie, The Earls and Dukes of Devonshire. Derbyshire Heritage Series, 1999. ISBN 1 874754 70 5.

  • NAYLOR, Diane - The Chatsworth Villages - Beeley, Edensor & Pilsley. Landmark, 2005. ISBN 1-84306-198-8.

  • TAYLOR, Keith - Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley, Beeley. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906789-06-0.


  • St Peter, Edensor Village, Church of England


  • The parish 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


  • St Peter, Edensor Village, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Edensor 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 Peter.

  • The church is of Norman origin, but the date of construction is not reported.

  • The church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1867.

  • The church seats 250.

  • Roger McLACHLAN has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.

  • Graham HOGG also has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1540.

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Peter's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Edensor which are provided by:
"EDENSOR-WITH-CHATSWORTH and PILSLEY hamlet forming a parish, in the hundred of High Peak, is remarkable as containing one of the wonders of the Peak, viz. the splendid seat of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, which is situate about four miles N. E. of Bakewell. The house is built in the ionic order, with a flat roof, surrounded by a neat balustrade; its form is nearly a square, of about 190 feet surrounding a spacious quadrangular court, having a fountain in the centre, surmounted by a Statue of Orpheus. The principal entrance, on the west is by a noble flight of steps to a terrace, the whole length of the building; the fronts which form the quadrangle are decorated with rich sculptures, representing military trophies."

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



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Edensor 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 SK251700 (Lat/Lon: 53.226441, -1.625487), Edensor which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • Most readers will know this already, but just in case not, this place-name is pronounced 'EnZer'!


  • Many local craftsmen and artisans would have been employed at Chatsworth. One such was John GARDOM, an ironsmith of Baslow, who worked as an assistant to Jean Tijou, the French master ironsmith employed at Chatsworth. GARDOM is also believed to have been responsible for the garden gates at Beauchief Hall, and for the garden ironwork at Hassop Hall.
    (Ref: A History of Derbyshire, Gladwyn TURBUTT, 1999)

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake) in the Western division of the county.

  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead hold periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and Political issues.

  • District governance is provided by the Peak District Council.

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.