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  • DREWRY, Christopher - Wormhill - The History of a High Peak Village, 2007. ISBN 978-1-901214-82-6.



  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2781


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wormhill 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 church here was initially a chapelry built circa 1213.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.

  • The church tower was partly rebuilt in 1863.

  • The church was entirely restored in 1864.

  • The church was enlarged in 1906.

  • The church was enlarged in 1906.

  • The church seats 225.

  • In the churchyard stands most of an old cross given in 1670 by Robert MEVERILL.

  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of St Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.

  • Ruth SHARVILLE has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1670.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register baptisms in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • This place was an ancient Township and Chapelry in Tideswell parish.

  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Description and Travel

"WORMHILL lies west of Monks Dale, a scattered village close to the edges of Chee Dale. The tenure by which it was held in the 14thC. was a toll of wolves' heads from the Forest of Peak. There are some very delightful spots round about the village, and the entrance into Chee Dale has that fascinating element of surprise and suddenness which never seems to wear off though we experience it time after time. The limestone bluffs are magnificently bold and precipitous, and the path beside the Wye is sometimes so narrowed by the rush of the water that it becomes impassable. By following this sinuous water-cleft, we come out into the Buxton road where it drops from Taddington. Close by is the railway to Buxton, and the break-away of the Manchester line."

[From The High Peak to Sherwood, by Thomas L. TUDOR, pub. (London) R. Scott, 1925-6.
Transcription from an original copy kindly donated by Barbarann AYARS, 13th Jan 2001]

The parish covers some 4,657 acres and includes the hamlets of Hargate Wall, Higher and Lower Bibbington, Great Rocks Dale, Upper end, Tunstead, Blankwell Mill and Miller's Dale.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wormhill 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 SK125742 (Lat/Lon: 53.264638, -1.814060), Wormhill which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Tideswell parish in Derby county. It was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • You may contact the Wormhill Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Peak District National Park.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard here in the Buxton petty session hearings held the last Saturday of each month.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.


  Year  Inhabitants
1871 714
1881 953
1891 1,357


  • A 5-member school board was formed here in 1882.

  • Upper End School was built here in 1882 to hold 200 children.

  • The Church of England School was standing in 1857 and was enlarged in 1871 to hold 80 children.

  • We have a pop-up window of the School Logs between 1901 and 1908 in a text file for your review.
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