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  • 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
1871 R.G. 10 / 3627
1881 R.G. 11 / 3447
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Sheldon 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 Michael and All Angels.

  • Some sources give the dedication as just "All Angels" and many sources refer to the church as just a chapel.

  • The present church was built in 1865 near the site of the old chapel.

  • The church burial ground is just a little east of the church.

  • The church seats 140.

  • John DARCH has a photograph of St Michael and All Angels on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

Church Records

  • The earliest baptism in the Sheldon parish register is 29 Aug 1737, of Cornelius and Richard, sons of Cornelius & Elizabeth WHITE, followed by the first baptism proper, in 1746. In addition to a transcription on CD, available from Ancestral Archives, there is a printed transcription of Sheldon registers available, covering the periods 1672-75 and 1745-1810 for baptisms, and 1745-1812 for marriages, which has the following note:
    "The Register Commenced in the year 1745 when the Queen's Bounty & Mrs Archer's Augmentation made Sheldon a private Curacy when John SWIFT B.A. was first Curate there."
    I recorded the above note from a transcription which I saw some years ago in the Society of Genealogist's Library, obtaining the reference [Ref: DB/R 29 pub. 1939] and covering dates from SoG's website more recently. It is not clear to me now where the baptisms recorded as taking place 1672-75 came from. Added 12 Mar 2008.

  • Check the registers at Bakewell for earlier entries.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • The Primitive Methodists build a small chapel here in 1848.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Sheldon which are provided by:
"SHELDON, a chapelry in the parish of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 3 miles W. of Bakewell, its post town. The village, which is of small extent, is situated near the river Wye, and is chiefly agricultural. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the lead mines. The impropriate tithes belong to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield, and to the Duke of Devonshire."

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

The parish covers 1,070 acres.



  • The Sheldon Duck - in 1610, so legend has it, a group of Sheldon villagers watched a duck fly into an ash tree. They were baffled however, as they never saw the duck come out again. Thereafter, the tree became known as 'The Duck Tree'. Nearly 3 centuries later, when the tree was felled and split up into planks in a timber yard in Ashford, the image of a 'duck-sized' pattern was found in the grain of the two middle planks, with markings where the brain and lungs would have been. Thus was born the legend of 'The Sheldon Duck'. The two boards were on display in Ashford Post Office for a while, and postcards showing an image of the duck used to be sold. However, this was not to last, as the timber merchant who felled the tree liked the pieces of wood so much that he used them for making a mantlepiece at his home.
    [Reference: Bunting, Julie - Branching Out into Fact & Fiction. Article published in The Peak Advertiser 5th April 2004, p1.& p9]


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Sheldon 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 SK175687 (Lat/Lon: 53.215059, -1.739398), Sheldon which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and township in Bakewell parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish around 1858.

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

  • This citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but do hold periodic Parish Meeting to discuss civic and political issues.

  • 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 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.