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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2521
1891 R.G. 12 / 2753


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

  • The church appears to be of 13th century Norman origin.

  • The church was restored in 1870.

  • The church is a grade I listed building with British Heritage.

  • The church seats 150.

  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Mick GARRATT also has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1591 and is in good condition.

  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.

  • The Primitive Methodists had chapel built here in 18327.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1857.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Kniveton which are provided by:
"KNIVETON, a parish in the hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 3½ miles N.E. of Ashbourne, its railway station and post town. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the cotton mills. Lime-burning is carried on. The land is chiefly rich pasture. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £64. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient edifice, with a low spired tower. The parochial charities produce about £11 per annum, including the endowment of Hurd's school, &c. There is a National school."

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

The parish lies 150 miles north of London and 6 miles south-west of Wirkswirth. The parish covers 1,974 acres. The village is mostly within the Kniveton Conservation Area originally established in 1998.

Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the Village Hall and School on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.


Historical Geography

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


  • The parish has two Round Barrows which have been partially excavated.

  • This place is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Cheniueston.

  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Kniveton by Barbarann AYARS.

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

  • The Red Lion Inn has been around for at least a century. These are the proprietors found in various Directories:

Year  Person
1857 John HODGKINSON, farmer
1891 Josh HODGKINSON, farmer
1912 James Henry MATHER


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK207501 (Lat/Lon: 53.047749, -1.692674), Kniveton which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne petty session hearings every Saturday.

  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.

  • Mike SPENCER advises (2006) that: "Kniveton was one of the parishes where the principal people of the village signed an agreement making sure no outsiders gained a legal Settlement there, and thereby become chargeable to the parish."