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  • 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

Church Records

  • A photograph of the Methodist Chapel is at the Wishful Thinking website, which includes a bit of history about the building.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • 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 Fernilee which are provided by:
"FERNILEE, a township in the parish of Hope, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 4 miles S.W. of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and 5 N.W. of Buxton. The Cromford and High Peak railway passes in the vicinity. Coal is obtained in this place, and there is a powder-mill. Here is a chapel belonging to the Wesleyan Methodists, and a National school. The Duke of Devonshire is lord of the manor."

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

Fernilee lies just east of the Goyt River along the A5004 arterial road, just south of Horwich and north of the Fernilee Reservoir.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Fernilee has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
  • The river Goyt, which flows through Horwich End and Whaley Bridge, was formerly the boundary between Derbyshire and Cheshire, separating the parishes of Taxal (St James's Church) and Fernilee. Originally, Fernilee was united with Chapel en le Frith, which was then a chapelry in the parish of Hope. However when Chapel en le Frith became an independent parish in 1297, Fernilee remained part of Hope, where it stayed until in 1898, when it was transferred to Buxton. Shortly after (1905) it became a separate parish, then in 1966, it was joined with Taxal, in the diocese of Chester. For the purposes of civil administration, however Taxal and Fernilee are now in Derbyshire.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK028785 (Lat/Lon: 53.303429, -1.959451), Fernilee which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was a Chapelry in Hope parish in County Derby and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • This Civil Parish was abolished in April, 1936, and amalgamated into Hartington Upper Quarter Civil Parish.

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, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.


  Year  Inhabitants
1871 901
1881 1,063
1891 1,233