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"Monyash - The Making of a Derbyshire Village," by Robert JOHNSTON and‎ Shirley JOHNSTON, paper, publ: The Horizon Press (2010), ISBN: 978-1843065241



  • 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 / 2774


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Monyash area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.
  • The church was founded in 1198.
  • The church was thoroughly restored and portions rebuilt in 1887.
  • The porch was restored in 1904.
  • The church seats 183.
  • Colin SMITH has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1701.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Leonard's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • Alf BEARD also has a list of Memorial inscriptions on Rosemary LOCKIE's Wishful-Thinking site.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • The Society of Friends (Quakers) had a meeting house here in 1891. It had its own cemetery nearby.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1835 and replaced it in 1888.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Methodist chapel in Chapel Street on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"MONYASH, a township and chapelry in the parish of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, four miles S.W. of Bakewell, its post town, and seven W. of the Rowsley station. The village, which is small, is situated in a hollow near the source of the river Lathkill, and near the High Peak railway. It was formerly a market town, and is mentioned in Domesday Survey as being a place of penal settlement for ill-behaved monks."


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

There is an 1831 description of the parish at the Wishful Thinking website maintained by Rosemary LOCKIE.

The parish is 8 miles south of Buxton, 5 miles north-west of Bakewell and has its own Website.

Steven RUFFLES has a photograph of the Village Green on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017.

If you stop by Monyash to visit, check out the Old Smithy Cafe and its artifacts.

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Historical Geography

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



  • An ancient market cross from circa 1340, now consisting of the shaft and base only, stands in the center of the village.
  • Brian DEEGAN has a photograph of the ancient market cross on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2017.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Monyash by Barbarann AYARS.

Military History

The War Memorial is outside The Bull Head pub. Daffodils are planted around the monument to provide Spring colour.

Peter BARD has a photograph of the War Memorial in Church Street on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

David BEVIS also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.

Alf BEARD also has a photograph of the War Memorial on the Wishful-Thinking site, taken in September 2004.


Military Records

The Wishful Thinking website has a Roll of Honour list from the Moneyash Reading Room.


Names, Geographical

  • This place was "Maneis" in the 1086 Domesday Book. The name means "many waters" in Old English.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Bakewell parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as 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.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1775.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed and infants) was built here in 1871 by subscription. It was enlarged in 1890 to hold up to 103 children, but the average attendance in 1912 was only 62.