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Help and advice for Fairfield

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Archives and Libraries

Use the Library at Buxton.  Their Local Studies section will be a real help.



  • OWEN, David - Images from a Fairfield Camera. Bingham Trust, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9554845-1-3.
  • OWEN, David - The Spirit of North Road School Fairfield, 2006. No ISBN.
  • OWEN, David G. The Old Road to Fairfield, 1996, Caron Publications, paperback 104 pg. ISBN 978-0-9478481-3-2 Out of print.


  • There are large parts of the census that are labelled "Fairfield" which are traditionally parts of "Buxton".
  • The parish was in the Buxton 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 / 2545
1891 R.G. 12 / 2778 & 2779


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Fairfield area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The original Christian church was built here in the Tudor period.
  • The current church was built in 1839 on the site of the older church.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Alf BEARD has a photograph of the entryway to St. Peter's Church on Rosemary LOCKIE's Wishful-Thinking site, dated April, 2007.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.
  • Basher EYRE has a photograph of St. Peter's in late July on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Peter's church tower on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1738.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at Fairfield, 1756-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE has Memorial Inscriptions for Fairfield at her website, contributed by Alf BEARD. She notes that the list is not complete because of the size of the churchyard.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1887.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Buxton sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Description and Travel

"FAIRFIELD is a chapelry, in the parish of Hope, in the same hundred as Buxton, 1 mile N.N.E. from that town. Here is an ancient church, dedicated to St. Peter; the living is in the gift of trustees residing in the parish and the present incumbent is the Rev. Geo. Mounsey. On a large tract of waste ground, an excellent round course has been formed, where horse races take place. on the Wednesday and Thursday in the week after the meeting at Newton ith' Willows; for the accommodation of visiters, a handsome stand has been erected. From this village, the best panoramic view of Buxton crescent, &c. is obtained. The population returns of this chapelry present a singular coincidence, the number of inhabitants being 482, at the several censuses taken in 1811, 1821 and 1831."

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

The River Wye divides this parish from the township and village of Buxton. To the north of the village is a fine golf course.

Roger MAY has a photograph of The clubhouse at Buxton High Peak golf course (really Fairfield) on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.

You can see pictures of Fairfield which are provided by:





Ask for a calculation of the distance from Fairfield to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Fairfield has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • The land in this parish was primarily used for grazing.
  • The parish has Bronze age round barrows wherein burials have been found. Richard LAW provides a photograph of one of these Barrows on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Hope parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In January, 1917, a portion of this parish was incoporated as "Green Fairfield Civil Parish", taking some 1,666 acres.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Buxton petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1811 482
1871 2,003
1881 2,817
1891 3,854