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Great Hucklow


  • Hucklow, Great - Lead In The Veins. Hucklow Publishing, 2009. ISBN¬†978-0-9563473-0-5.


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

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2544
1891 R.G. 12 / 2777

Church History

  • The Great Hucklow Presbyterian Chapel was founded in 1696 under the auspices of William BAGSHAWE, the non-conformist minister, and so-called Apostle of the Peak whose brother Thomas was Lord of the Manor here. At the time, worship outside the Church of England was still against the law, and early meetings were held in secret, at a barn nearby to the site of the present building. The latter dates from 1796 or 7 - its building was most likely prompted by the Act of Relief, in 1791, which made worship outside the Church of England legal.

    Please note the present day congregation at this Chapel is Unitarian, the introduction being possibly in 1826, when the register of Presbyterian baptisms ends (see below).

Church Records

  • Sadly, there are no parish registers for the early years of the Presbyterian Chapel. The earliest register records baptisms for the period 1789-1826. It has been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Film #0590682 from the original, which like all pre-1837 Non-Conformist registers, is held at the PRO. There is also a transcript available, and most of the entries do appear to be in the IGI. Some of the baptism entries record profession of the father - I recall being quite surprised to see a Watchmaker mentioned!

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Great Hucklow which are provided by:
"GREAT HUCKLOW, a hamlet in the parish of Hope, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 2 miles N.E. of Tideswell. The hamlet, which is considerable, contains places of worship for Presbyterians, Wesleyans, and Unitarians." [Recorded as HUCKLOW MAGNA in Gazetteer -RL 2003]

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

There is a photograph of the Butter Cross on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.



Historical Geography

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


  • The Queen Anne Pub on the main street has been around since the 17th century. Luckily, they have stayed up-go-date and even have a website.

  • There is a photograph of the Queen Anne Public House on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

  • Neil has a photograph of the Queen Anne Public House in Great Hucklow on Panoramio.

  • These are the names associated with the Queen Anne (sometimes listed as the "Queen's Head") in various sources:
Year Person(s)
1855 Caleb HIGGINBOTHAM, farmer
1895 Caleb HEGINBOTHAM, farmer
1912 Mrs. Martha HEGINBOTHAM
1935 Benjamin and Anne E. BOOTH


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK180776 (Lat/Lon: 53.295043, -1.731410), Great Hucklow which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The origin of the name of the hamlet near Great Hucklow named 'Windmill' has given cause for speculation, as there is no documentary evidence of a windmill in the vicinity. There is however a suggested explanation of the name provided as a postcript to Julie Bunting's article on Corn Milling in her book of Bygone Industries of The Peak, which may be of interest. It was actually a 'Wind' (winding - long 'i') Mill. It is nevertheless pronounced locally today with the customary short 'i' of a mill turned by wind-power, rather than by mechanical means.

Politics and Government

  • This place was a hamlet in the ancient parish of Hope, Derbyshire, and became 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 at the Bakewell petty session hearings each Friday.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.