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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2554 & 2555
1891 R.G. 12 / 2787


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Mellor 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 Thomas.

  • The ecclesiastical parish of St. Thomas was established in 1839.

  • The church was restored during the period of 1873-91.

  • The church seats 350.

  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

  • A Mission Chapel was built near Marple Bridge in 1908 and dedicated to St. Sebastian.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1629.

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

  • Mike SPENCER also gives us a short list of Mellor Grave Stones in a text file for your review.

  • Marjorie WARD has some register entries that might solve your needs.

  • Marriages at Mellor, 1678-1775 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Glossop.

  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1827.

  • A Free (or United) Methodist chapel was built here in 1850.

  • A Catholic Church was built in Marple Bridge in 1859 and dedicated to St. Mary.

  • A Congragational Chapel was founded in Marple Bridgein 1662 and rebuilt in 1867.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Mellor which are provided by:
"MELLOR, a chapelry in the parish of Glossop, in the High Peak hundred, is two miles from Marple, six and a half from Glossop, eight from Chapel-en-le-Frith, seven from Stockport, and 14 from Manchester. The church, dedicated to St. James [Ed: this is incorrect - it is St. Thomas], which is of stone, is erected on a commanding situation, a short distance from the village: the Rev. Matthew Freeman enjoys the curacy for life: the gift of the living is in the Thornton family."

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

Mellor is 173 miles north of the city of London, seperated from Cheshire by the River Goyt. Lucworth, Marple Bridge and Compstall Road are in this parish. Comstall Bridge is part of Cheshire.



Historical Geography

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


  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of your ancestors' round house on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

  • M uch of the parish was given over to pasturage through the early 1900s.

  • The section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Glossop, transcribed by Barbarann AYARS, includes a portion on Mellor.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ984882 (Lat/Lon: 53.390624, -2.025530), Mellor which are provided by:

Military History

  • Bill BOADEN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Longhurst Lane on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Glossop parish in Derby county and was incorporated as a separate. modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • This Civil Parish was abolished in April, 1936, and all 2,362 acres amalgamated into Marple Civil Parish. This action re-assigned Mellor to Cheshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chape-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.

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