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New Mills


Archives and Libraries

Andrew CARNEGIE funded the Public Free Library built in Hall Street in 1909.

By 1912 the library held 7,456 volumes.

You may want to check out the Local Studies and Family History section at the Library.

The Library is normally closed on Wednesdays and Sundays and on Bank Holidays.

Low Leighton hamlet is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops every fourth Monday in the midday.



Just to the north of the village lies Thornsett Cemetery, High Hill Road, New Mills.

William BOADEN has a photograph of St George's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Roger W. HAWORTH has a photograph of the Quaker Burial Ground in Low Leighton, just east of New Mills, on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.



  • 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
1871 R.G. 10 / 3648
1891 R.G. 12 / 2787


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint George.
  • The church was built in the hamlet of Beard in 1831.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. George church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • The church was renovated in 1897.
  • The church seats 850.
  • The Mission Church of St. James the Less was erected in 1880-81.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of St. James the Less on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1831.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Glossop.
  • You can find the New Mills 1841 Tithe Map at New Mills History.
  • A Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Mary was built of stone in 1843.
  • The Catholic Church is now Annunciation RC Church, but it is still on St. Mary's Road.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Mary's RC Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1810 on St. George's road.  It has its own cemetery.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was erected in 1876 in Spring Bank.
  • Bill BOADEN has a photograph of the United Reformed Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"NEW MILLS, an extensive hamlet, in the parish of Glossop, and in the High Peak hundred, is 14 miles from Manchester, 6 from Chapel-en-le-Frith, and 8 from Stockport. It is pleasantly situate on the borders of Derbyshire and Cheshire; and, within a comparatively few years, has risen to importance in the manufacturing district; cotton spinning being carried on here to a considerable extent, affording employment to numerous hands."

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

The parish includes the hamlets of Beard, Ollerset, Thornset and Whitle. Low Leighton was 1 mile south of New Mills and 3 miles west of Hayfield. It is here that the Hayfield Union Workhouse was located. A Quaker Meeting Hall was built here in 1717.

David DIXON has a photograph of New Mills Central Station on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Tom CURTIS has a photograph of the Union Bridge at New Mills on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.

You can see pictures of New Mills which are provided by:





Ask for a calculation of the distance from New Mills to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Pride of the Peaks public house on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Bill BOADEN has a photograph of The White Hart Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Graham HOGG has a photograph of The Pack Horse Inn on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.

You may want to stop in at the New Mills Heritage Centre, photographed here by Peter TURNER on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.


Military History

During World War One, there was a VAD Red Cross Hospital here.

The "Beeches" was an annex to the VAD New Mills.

You can view the War Memorial at War Memorials Online.

Darren HADDOCK has a photograph of the War Memorial in St. George's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2004.


Military Records

  • For a list of the names on the New Mills War Memorial which stands in the churchyard, see the Marjorie WARD site.

Names, Geographical

  • The name of New Mills derives from the corn mills built beside the river Kinder. It was originally known as Bowden-Middle-Call, comprising several hamlets, when early in the 18th century a 'new mill' was erected on the River Kinder for the use of the inhabitants in grinding corn, and the name of 'New Mills' was born.

    Later in the 18th century, the Lancashire Cotton Industry found the conditions at New Mills ideal for cotton production, resulting in increased prosperity for the district. However around this time also, Milford in South Derbyshire was known briefly as 'New Mills' as well.

    The name 'New Mills Road' appears on a map of Duffield as it was in the Year 1787, and also the indentures of Samuel Slater, Jedidiah Stutt's apprentice, who founded the American cotton spinning industry. A copy of Slater's Indentures is on display at The Arkwright Mill in Cromford, the wording of which suggests he was living at "New Mills" which it has been suggested was an attempt to give Milford a new name.

    So researchers might like to bear in mind, if they find reference to their ancestors at New Mills in Derbyshire dated around the 1780s, that there is just a slight possibility it may not refer to the New Mills in North Derbyshire. This has certainly happened in the past, as a number of older textbooks suggest Samuel Slater was from New Mills in Cheshire.

    [Information on 'New Mills' kindly provided by Jed BLAND - see his website Old Duffield

Politics and Government

  • This Township was originally in Cheshire and was re-assigned to Derbyshire in 1844.
  • This place was an ancient Township in Glossop 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).
  • On 1 April, 1934, the parish gained 126 acres when the parish of Newtown was dissolved.
  • On 1 April, 1936, the parish gained 40 acres from the parish of Disley which had some border alignments changed.
  • You may contact the New Mills Town Council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT perform family history searches for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chapel-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.
  • The parish had six almshouses near Spring Bank and could house 11 poor and aged persons
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Hayfield Poorlaw Union.