"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."
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.
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."