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Stoney Middleton


  • Stoney Middleton - A Working Village. Published in 2002 with the assistance of a Millennium Award, this booklet encapsulates life in Stoney Middleton over 2 centuries - a "must" for the Stoney Officianado. There are tales of village "characters - "Holy Joe" - Joe MASON, Churchwarden, who used to ring all 3 church bells by himself (the third one with his foot!) and a field named "Jinnie's Piece", so called as Jane GODDARD (nee SWIFT) used to sit there to scare the birds! It also records dates when many of the cottages in the village were built. It is on sale in village shops price £5 and during the Well Dressings 20th to 27th July.



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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2543
1891 R.G. 12 / 2777


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Stoney Middleton 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 Martin.

  • The nave of the Church is octagonal in plan, built in 1759 to replace the earlier nave which was destroyed by fire in 1757. Legend has it that the first Chapel at Stoney Middleton was founded in the 15th Century by Joan Eyre, formerly Joan Padley, heiress of Padley, and wife of Robert Eyre, a minor land owner, to give thanks for his safe return from the Battle of Agincourt (1415). This building was, apparently a normal church in plan, but now only the tower survives of that original building. If the legend is true, however, its founding predates 1463, the date recorded for Joan's death - she and husband Robert (d. 1459) are commemorated on a memorial brass inside Hathersage Church.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

  • Roger TEMPLE has a photograph of the Lych Gate at St. Martin's on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1715 and is in fair condition.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Eyam.

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Martin's Church is available for purchase from Valerie Neal. Added 1 Dec 2007.

  • The earliest Parish Register for Stoney Middleton begins in 1715, and covers the period until 1812, and includes Baptisms and Burials, with Marriages up till 1754 in a single book. Baptism Registers are available covering the period 1813-1843, and 1844-78; and Burials 1813-1862; and there is a full complement of marriage registers from 1754-1947. These registers are all available for searching at the Derbyshire Record Office on microfilm and coverage dates are current as of January 2001 (thanks to Janet Kirk).

  • There are Bishops' Transcripts (BTs) covering the period 1663 to 1864, but according to the catalogue, years 1669-70, 1686-90, 1702-07, 1712-13, 1774-5, and 1862 are missing (but see above for 1702-7); and I personally found the period 1758-62 unreadable. As I understand it, batched entries in the IGI have been entered largely from the BTs, so although those transcribing for the IGI may have had greater success (or perseverance!) than I did over the 1758-62 period, it is nevertheless possible that if you are looking for an event during 1758-62, or 1774-5, you may have better luck with the parish register, than with the BTs or IGI. The years missing from the BTs prior to 1715, are alas lost forever.

    The original BTs are held at the Lichfield Joint Record Office, but have been microfilmed, so the film should be available on loan via your local Family History Center. There are two films - #0428943 (1663-1812), and #0498132 (1813-1864).

  • The church seats 250.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1827.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Stoney Middleton which are provided by:
"STONEY MIDDLETON is a chapelry, in the parish of Hathersage and hundred of High Peak, five miles E. from Tideswell, and four and a half N. from Bakewell. The houses forming the village are singular in their appearance, being scarcely distinguishable from the grey rocks which impend over them, and from which they appear to have been hewn. The church here is a small edifice, of octagonal form, remarkable for its neatness, erected principally at the expense of the Duke of Devonshire. It is dedicated to St. Mark: [Ed: No! St. Martin] the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Vicar of Hathersage; the present incumbent is the Rev. Edward Parker. The lime works in this neighbourhood employ many of the inhabitants. The chapelry contained, in 1821, 635 inhabitants, but at the last census (1831) the number returned was only 479."
  • "TO MANCHESTER, the Champion (from Nottingham) calls at the Moon Inn, Stoney Middleton every day at twelve o'clock; goes through Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley, Disley and Stockport.
    TO NOTTINGHAM, the Champion (from Manchester) calls at the same Inn every day at twelve, goes through Baslow, Chesterfield and Mansfield."

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

Graham HOGG has a photograph of Stoney Middleton on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.



Historical Geography

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


  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Roman Baths on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Moon Inn and posting house on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK230754 (Lat/Lon: 53.275075, -1.656554), Stoney Middleton which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

Military Records

  • There is a list of the names on the War Memorial on the Roll of Honour site.


  • In 1851, William JUPP aged 46 had arrived in Stoney Middleton from Slaugham in Sussex, having been preceded by other Broommakers - the JACKSONs (James, 50 and John, 45) and a William JOHNSON in 1841, coincidentally, or otherwise also originating from villages in Sussex.

    "By 1901 William JUPP's old besom-making room was used for storage by a firm of shoe makers."
    [quote from Peakland Heritage item].

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Hathersage parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

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.


  Year  Inhabitants
1831 479
1851 593
1871 521
1881 354
1891 423
1901 478


The history of Stoney Middleton Village School dates from 1835, one of the earlier schools in the area, predating nearby Eyam and Grindleford Schools. The present building is situated part-way up the High Street, on the corner where it meets "The Dale Mouth". The School Motto:-

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
"Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it."

is inscribed on stone tablets which date from the school's foundation. Over the years, the inscriptions have become eroded, but in the late 1980s the tablets were restored. On 23rd November 1990, a Double Celebration took place at the school to pay tribute to the retiring Head-Mistress (who had started teaching at the school in 1952), and to inaugurate the stone tablets after their restoration.

Mr. Thomas E. COWEN, who wrote a History of the Village of Stoney Middleton (1910) was an earlier headmaster of the school.

Stoney Middleton also had a "Dame School", kept by a Mistress Oldfield, but now - of course - closed. It seems likely this "village academy" would have been attended only by the children of "better-off" parents, who were able to afford to pay for their child's education.