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  • St Mary, Mapleton Road, Church of England


  • 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 / 2522
1891 R.G. 12 / 2754


  • St Mary, Mapleton Road, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mappleton 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 Mary.

  • The church was built circa 1700 on the site of an ancient church.

  • The church was restored in 1876.

  • The church seats 120.

  • John DARCH has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1704. (Some Ashborne parish register entries relate to Mapleton.)

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials *partially) extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Ashbourne.

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 Mappleton which are provided by:

Note: Spelling has changed over time from "Mappleton" to "Mapleton".

"MAPPLETON is a pleasant village in the parish of its name, in the hundred of Wirksworth, about a mile and three quarters N.W. from Ashbourn; situate in a valley on the banks of the Dove, which is here crossed by a stone bridge, having a remarkably flat arch. The church, which is dedicated to St. Mary, is a small edifice of stone with a low square tower, surmounted by a dome: it is the mother church to that of Ashbourn, and the living is united to that parish, as before mentioned. [Ed: with Ashbourne] Here are neat alms-houses for three clergymen's widows, founded, in 1727, by Rowland Okeover Esq. The parish (which has no dependent township) contained, at the last census, 180 inhabitants, being an increase in 30 years, of only eighteen persons."

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

The parish lies 128 miles north of the City of London and is on the border of Staffordshire (across the River Dove).

There is a fine map of Mappleton parish at the parish council site.



Historical Geography

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


  • In the 1800s, most of the parish was used for dairy pasturage.

  • Alan J. FAGG provides an excellent capsule history at the Ashborne town site.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK165479 (Lat/Lon: 53.028118, -1.755437), Mappleton which are provided by:

Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial plaque inside St. Mary's Church. A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials. The memorial covers World War I only.

Names, Geographical

  • The "prefered" spelling is "Mapleton" but the form with two Ps is commonly used and accepted: Mappleton.

Politics and Government

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

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

  • You may contact the Mappleton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

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