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).
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!
"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]
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.