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  • Winster, A Peak District Village Remembers. Winster Local History Group, 2000. No ISBN. The book can be ordered from the Winster village website.



  • 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 / 2541
1891 R.G. 12 / 2775


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Winster 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 John the Baptist.

  • The tower was added to the church in 1721.

  • The church, except for the tower, was rebuilt and enlarged in 1842.

  • The church was restored again in 1883.

  • The church seats 450.

  • There is a photograph of the church at Sheena Woodhead's website.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Church of St. John on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

Church Records

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Winster which are provided by:
"WINSTER, although but a chapelry to Youlgreave, and now an inconsiderable village, was once a market town of some note. It is six miles from Bakewell, and 13 S.W. from Chesterfield, situate on the old road from Ashbourn to the latter town, and midway between the river Derwent and the Cromford and High Peak railway, about three miles from each; with the latter of which a branch communication is contemplated."

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



Historical Geography

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


  • Dawn SCOTTING of N.Z. has a number of online records for Winster.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK240606 (Lat/Lon: 53.141996, -1.642667), Winster which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place is an ancient Chapelry of Youlgreave parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

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

  • You may contact the Winster 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.