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  • Our Middleton : An historical celebration of the ancient parish of Middleton and Smerrill. Middleton Village History Group, 2001. No ISBN.


  • 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 / 2540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774

Church History

  • The Anglican parish chapel is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.

  • The chapel was for many years disused, then it was restored in 1899.

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • A Congregational chapel was built here in 1826.

  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1828.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"MIDDLETON-WITH-SMERRIL, a township in the parish of Youlgreave, hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 1½ mile S.W. of Youlgreave, and 3 miles S.W. of Bakewell. In the neighbourhood is a Druidical circle called "Arborlowe's ring", and several barrows, in which Celtic antiquities have been found."

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

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Historical Geography

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Military History

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the RAF War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the WWII War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.

Politics and Government

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

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

  • Note: Several sources report that this parish was in the Wirksworth Hundred.

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.