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Peak Forest



  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2781


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Peak Forest 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 first chapel at Peak Forest was built towards the end of the Civil War, by Christiana, Dowager Countess of Devonshire, a loyal supporter of the Crown - although it wasn't dedicated until after the end of the War. Christiana's own son, Charles, also died during the War, in 1643, fighting for the Royalist cause.

  • The present church was built in 1876 adjacent to the old church site.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to King Charles the Martyr.

  • The church seats 240.

  • The chaple had a reputation for disregarding the Marriage Act and people came from all over to get married, many of them underage.

  • Geoge GRIFFIN has a photograph of Peak Forest Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1669, but early sections are delapidated.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Peak Forest which are provided by:
"PEAK FOREST is all extra parochial liberty, in the hundred of High Peak, about three miles and a half north-west from Tideswell. This district is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas, held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s. The chapel here is dedicated to King Charles the Martyr: the living is a perpetual curacy in the peculiar jurisdiction of the dean and chapter of Lichfield, and in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. A free school here has a small endowment, for the education of ten poor children. The liberty contained, in 1831, 573 inhabitants, being fewer by thirty-four than were returned for it thirty years previous; and a reduction in the population of 107 persons since the census of 1821."

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

The nearly 5,300 acres of the parish have been mostly pasturage.



Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK116797 (Lat/Lon: 53.314097, -1.827354), Peak Forest which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient extra-parochial area in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1858.

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

  • District governance is provided by the Peak District National Park.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.


    Year  Inhabitants
1801 607
1831 573
1841 575
1851 596
1881 499
1891 502