"THORPE is likewise a small parish, in the same hundred as the two before-mentioned villages [Ed: TISSINGTON and (FENNY) BENTLEY], about three miles and a half N.W. from Ashbourn. A little northward of the village, at the entrance of the romantic Dovedale, is a remarkable conical hill, called 'Thorpe Cloud', steeply ascending three hundred feet above the bed of the river Dove, which flows at its base. The church, which is dedicated to St. Leonard, is a neat edifice, situate on the brow of a hill, and so surrounded by trees as to be highly picturesque: the living is a discharged rectory, in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln. Population, by the census taken in 1821, 203, and by the returns in 1831, the number was 189."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
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