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  • TAYLOR, Keith - Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley, Beeley. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906789-06-0.

  • WAITE, Glynn - Rowsley Railway Miscellany - 2. Pynot Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9552251-9-2. Added 25 Oct 2008.

  • WAITE, Glynn - Rowsley Miscellany. Pynot Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-9552251-1-6.

  • WAITE, Glynn & KNIGHTON, Laurence - Rowsley: A Rural Railway Centre. The Midland Railway Society, 2004. ISBN 0-9537486-2-6



  • The parish was in the Matlock 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 & 2775


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Rowsley 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 Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Catherine.

  • The church was built in 1855.

  • A mortuary chapel was added to the church in 1859.

  • The church seats 200.

  • Stephen HORNCASTLE has a photograph of St. Catherine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2002.

  • John SLATER has a photograph from a different angle of St. Catherine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1855.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish register burials partially extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"ROWSLEY (Great) township and village, situated at the confluence of the river Wye with the Derwent, 3¼ miles E.S.E. from Bakewell. The church, dedicated to St. Catherine, is situated on a slight elevation, about the centre of the village, and is a handsome stone edifice in the Norman style of architecture, with turret and one bell; the Rev. John Jones, B.A., incumbent. Here is a good day school."

[Description from Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

Alport is a hamlet in this parish. The parish is also profiled at Derbyshire UK.

Chris HEATON has a photograph of the River Derwent by Bank Wood on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

You can see pictures of Rowsley which are provided by:



Historical Geography

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


  • Most of Rowsley village is part of the Rowsley Conservation Area established in July, 1987.

  • The Peacock Hotel dates from the 17th century.

  • There are photographs and some history of Rowsley at the Derby Photos website.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK258659 (Lat/Lon: 53.189553, -1.615332), Rowsley which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Bakewell parish in Derbyshire and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • You may contact the Rowsley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

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.