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  • Authors, Various - Behind the View: Life & Times in Cressbrook - a Derbyshire mill village. Published locally, 2005. ISBN 0-9551750-0-3.


  • 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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Litton 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 Christ.

  • The church was built in the late 1920s.

  • The church was consecrated in 1928. Prior to that date, Anglican services were held in the local schoolroom.

  • Martin SPECK has a photograph of Christ Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Church Records

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 Litton which are provided by:
"LITTON, a hamlet in the parish of Tideswell, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 1 mile S.E. of Tideswell, and 6 miles N.W. of Bakewell. It lies in the Dale of Litton Frith, near Monsal Dale. There are lead mines, in which some of the people are employed, but the neighbourhood is chiefly agricultural. Many of the females are engaged in stocking knitting. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have places of worship. There are a few small charities. This was the birth-place in 1628 of William Bagshaw, the celebrated Nonconformist divine called the “Apostle of the Peak”."

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

Andrew HILL has a photograph of approaching Litton on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.

Need a place to keep the kids? Graham HOGG has a photograph of the village stocks on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.



Historical Geography

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


  • The village is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book (as "Litun").

  • The village hall was built in 1907, originally as a Working Men's Club.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK163752 (Lat/Lon: 53.273525, -1.757038), Litton which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township and hamlet in Tideswell parish in county Derby and became a 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 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.