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THORNHILL, Robert - Longstone Notes. Edited by M L STUART and published by Longstone Local History Group, 1992.
Robert THORNHILL was born in 1892. He always had a keen interest in local and family history, and on his death, in 1973, the archives and papers he'd collected during his lifetime were presented to the Derbyshire Record Office. This publication reproduces his "Notes on Longstone Church, Village and People"; with two Appendixes. The first Appendix is a summary of the Will of the author's great grandfather, another Robert Thornhill who died in 1820; the second Appendix lists a selection of Robert Thornhill's other publications - mainly articles in Derbyshire Miscellany, the bulletin of the Local History Section of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.

Note: This may be out of print, but Local Libraries in Derbyshire should have copies. Rosemary Lockie's copy is a slim A5-size booklet with a blue cover.


  • St Giles, Church Lane, Great Longstone, Church of England


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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2539
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773


  • St Giles, Church Lane, Great Longstone, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Longstone 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 Giles.

  • The church was constructed in the 13th century.

  • The church was restored in 1873.

  • The church seats 300.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Giles Church at Geo-graph, taken in 2008.

  • John SALMON has a photograph of the church interior at Geo-graph, taken in 1991.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1638.

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Giles's Church (also including Sheldon) is available for purchase from Valerie Neal.

  • Here is a list of Longstone Parish Registers available on Microfilm from LDS Family History Libraries. Film Numbers are reproduced on GENUKI by kind permission of the Genealogical Society of Utah.
Parish registers, 1637-1955. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, 1637-1742, 1765-1882;
Marriages, 1637-1739, 1766-1817;
Burials, 1637-1742, 1765-1812
item 5-10.
Marriages, 1855-1765, 1817-1881;
Banns of Marriage, 1868-1880;
Burials, 1813-1882.
item 1-6
Baptisms 1883-1955
Marriages 1880-1943
item 5-6
Bishops' Transcripts, 1665-1864. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1665-1812 0428922
item 1
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1813-1864 0498099
item 3
  • The Bishops' Transcripts covering the period 1665-1864, are known to have gaps 1667-69; 1681-83; 1750-53; 1757-67.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built here before 1891.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Methodist chapel on Station Road on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.

  • There was a Congregationalist chapel built here before 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

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To my mind, at least, LONGSTONE tends to be synonymous with Great Longstone [Rosmary LOCKIE, 2010].



Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK200720 (Lat/Lon: 53.244634, -1.701755), Longstone which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Main Street on the Geo-graph website.

  • A different view of the same War Memorial exists on Flickr.

  • The War Memorial is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Bakewell parish in Derbyshire and became 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 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.