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  • 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.


  • St Peter, St. Peter's Road, Church of England


  • 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


  • St Peter, St. Peter's Road, Church of England

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

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.

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.

  • 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

You can see pictures of Fairfield which are provided by:
"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.



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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK073738 (Lat/Lon: 53.261139, -1.892030), Fairfield which are provided by:

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