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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

"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.

You can see pictures of Peak Forest which are provided by:



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