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  • HEAF, Eric - Tideswell Tracks. Pamphlet published 2000. Sadly, out of print.
  • HILL, Tony - Tideswell Traders. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 01298 871428.
  • HILL, Tony & BLACK, Paul - The Spirit of Tideswell. Landmark, 2001. ISBN 1-84306-010-8.


  • There is a relatively modern cemetery northwest of the village, just across the A623, but the web author could not find details on it. There is a photograph in Geo-graph, and indications that the cemetery was created in the 1940s.
  • Search the Find a Grave site, which reported in 2015 that it had 22 interments recorded.



  • 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 / 2544 & 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2777


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Tideswell area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the latter-half of the 14th century.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church is popularly known as "The Cathedral of the Peak".
  • The church seats 800.
  • David BUTLIN has a photograph of St John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2003.

Church Records

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St John the Baptist's Church (including Wheston, Litton, Cressbrook and Millers Dale) is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • We have a pop-up window of a parish register partial extracted Tideswell burials list in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • Here is a list of Tideswell Parish Registers available on Microfilm from LDS Family History Libraries. Film Numbers are reproduced on GENUKI by kind permission of the Genealogical Society of Utah.
    Parish registers, 1635-1934. Microfilm Number
    Baptisms, 1635-1663, 1675-1794
    Marriages, 1635-1663, 1675-1754
    Burials, 1635-1663, 1675-1794
    Baptisms, 1794-1908
    Marriages, 1754-1837
    Burials, 1794-1812
    Marriages, 1837-1903
    Burials, 1813-1896
    Banns, 1869-1881
    Burials, 1896-1934 1752120
    Marriages, 1903-1930 2081966
    Bishop's transcripts, 1671-1871. Microfilm Number
    Baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1671-1812 0428947
    Baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1813-1871 0498137

    Please note there are gaps in the Bishops Transcripts between 1730 and 1760 which are covered in the Parish Register, so the PR would be the preferrable option if you are looking for events during that period. Note also that since entries in the IGI are generally speaking culled from the BTs, IGI (Family Search) coverage is similarly patchy. So if you haven't yet found that elusive event in the IGI do not assume it's not there!
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1889.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1912.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • A Congregational chapel was built here in 1888, replacing a smaller chapel built in 1830.
  • Alan HEARDMAN also has a photograph of the small Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008. This church is dedicated to "The Immaculate Heart of St. Mary".

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Tideswell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"TIDESWELL is a small market-town, in the parish of its name, in the hundred of High Peak, 160 miles from London, 32 N.N.W. from Derby, 25 S.E. from Manchester, 17 E. by S. from Sheffield, 6 W. by N. from Buxton, and 5 S. from Castleton. Tideswell was formerly celebrated for its ebbing and flowing well, from which it is asserted by some authorities to have derived its name; but the first account of the place is in Domesday book, in which, under the name Tiddeswall, it is mentioned as a royal demesne, having a chapel, which in 1215 was given by King John to the canons of Lichfield."

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

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • Colin SMITH also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.

Military Records

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

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Tideswell Parish Council concerning civic or political issues. They cannot help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.
  • Check out the online Tideswell District Village Voice, a newsletter which covers all the villages and hamlets around Tideswell.

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.


  • "The Grammar School, founded by Bishop Pursglove in 1560, continued its good work until 1930; and during the 370 years that it existed, many boys from the neighbourhood have received their education here, whilst it has attracted some number of boarders from more distant parts. But, amongst other things, the school buildings (the lower part of which were erected in 1742 and the upper storey in 1824) are hardly suitable premises for an up-to-date education at the present day. In another form, however, the good Bishop's work still goes on - for the 'Robert Pursglove Educational Foundation' will provide a Central School in Tideswell for boys and girls over 11 years of age:- to the building of which £3,500 comes from the Grammar School Funds: in addition to which it will provide Scholarships to Secondary Schools to the amount of from £100 to £150 a year. And the Pursglove Dole, or 'Grammar School Dole' as it is locally called, will still continue to help many of the poor of the district."

    [Ref: A Guide to Tideswell and its Church, compiled by Rev. J. M. J. FLETCHERr MS FR Hist S.; Canon of Salisbury, (Formerly Vicar of Tideswell). The price was "One Shilling": no date of publishing is available.]
  • Nicholas GARLICK (1555-1588) was appointed schoolmaster here and was a noted educator. He was a Catholic martyr in 1588.