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The parish church purchased an additional burial ground of one acre and consecrated in 1862.


  • The parish was in the Hayfield sub-district of the Hayfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2553
1891 R.G. 12 / 2786

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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The church was built in 1336.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1818.
  • The church seats 850.
  • The church is located, naturally enough, on Church Street.
  • Alan FLEMING has a photograph of the church on Geograph taken in March, 2004.
  • And Stephen McKAY has another shot of the church on Geograph taken in February, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1622.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Glossop.
  • Saint John's Methodist church was built in 1782.
  • Bill BOADEN has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Hayfield sub-district of the Hayfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"HAYFIELD, an independent chapelry, generally included in the parish of Glossop, is four miles S. from Glossop, and about the same distance N. from Chapel-en-le-Frith. It is a populous manufacturing district, having several large cotton spinning factories, and one for woollen goods. The church is a handsome modern edifice, rebuilt by the inhabitants in 1818, and the interior is much admired for its neatness. The living is a perpetual curacy, and the resident freeholders have the privilege of nominating the minister."

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

The A624 bypass runs through the centre of the village. There is frequent bus service to Glossop.

The parish has its own Website with more information.

Kenneth ALLEN has a photograph of the Village Hall near the village centre on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

You can see pictures of Hayfield which are provided by:



Historical Geography

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

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


  • The section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Glossop, transcribed by Barbarann AYARS, includes a portion on Hayfield.
  • We have an extract in a text file from The Manchester Guardian Jul 31 1876, pg 8 on a local sports event.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK037870 (Lat/Lon: 53.379828, -1.945849), Hayfield which are provided by:

Military History

  • Kenneth ALLEN has a photograph of the War Memorial by the church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • Martin DAWES has a photograph of the War Memorial in front of the Royal Hotel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015.
  • Dave DUNFORD has a photograph of a Liberator bomber wreck on Mill Hill on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2005.

Military Records

There are four Commonwealth War Graves in St. Matthew's churchyard from World War I:

  1. John GEE, priv., 6th Btn. Cheshire Regt., age 20, died 14 Nov. 1916. Son of Thomas Laurence GEE and Eva Vivienne GEE, of The Hut, Hayfield.
  2. J. N. HANDFORD, priv., age 39, 2nd/6th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 6 June 1921. Husband of Hannah HANDFORD.
  3. John Thomas PORRITT, priv., 2nd/4th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers, age 38, died 5 Apr. 1919. Son of Ralph and Martha Hannah PORRITT.
  4. Edward WOGAN, srgt., 72nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery, age 25, died 11 Sept. 1918. Son of Annie RANGELEY (formerly WOGAN).

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Glossop parish in Nottingham county. It was incorporated as 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 in the Chape-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became the center of the Hayfield Poorlaw Union.