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YOULGREAVE (Ancienty "Giolgrave"), Derbyshire


  • ARDLEY, Bridget & BARTLETT, Mary - The Spirit of Youlgreave. Landmark, 2003. ISBN¬†1-84306-083-3.

  • WILSON, Norman - Youlgreave Remembers. Published privately, 2005. No ISBN. Added 31 Jul 2005.


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

  • The Gratton portion of 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 / 2540 and 2541
1891 R.G. 12 / 2775

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

  • The church was built in the 12th century.

  • The church chancel was restored in 1869-70.

  • The church seats 500.

  • Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.

  • The churchwarden accounts exist from 1604.

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

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of All Saints Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

  • The Congregationalist chapel was built here in 1853.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1891.

  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1891.

  • And the Reformed Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1891.

  • Adrian CHANNING has a photograph of the Wesleyan Methoidist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011. The chapel dates prior to 1891.

  • The Anglican church records are held at the Derbyshire Record Office, Ernest Bailey Building, New Street, Matlock. These records also appear to be available on microfilm at the London Family History Centre. These include:
  1. Baptisms 1558-1980
  2. Marriages 1558-1718, 1721-1988
  3. Banns 1754-1797
  4. Burials 1558-1956

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

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

Description and Travel

"YOULGRAVE is a village in the parish of its name, which is partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, and partly in that of High Peak; about 3 miles S. by W. from Bakewell. It contains the parish church, a good building, dedicated to All-Saints, and a place of worship each for the Wesleyan and primitive methodists. The living of Youlgrave is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire: the present incumbent is the Rev. Benjamin Pidcock. The parish contained, at tine last census, 3,081 inhabitants, and the township 951 of that number."


  • All Saints, Church Street / Mawstone Lane, Church of England


  • All Saints, Church Street / Mawstone Lane, Church of England

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Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK212644 (Lat/Lon: 53.176272, -1.684275), Youlgreave which are provided by:

Military Records

There are five Commonwealth War Graves in All Saints churchyard.

Names, Geographical

  • A village described by local historian and teacher Mr J W SHIMWELL as 'the most mis-spelt village', the Youlgrave Website tells it all!

  • The pronunciation of the place-name varies; in broad Derbyshire dialect it would be 'YolgrEEve'; the more polite version sounds closer to what one would expect from the spelling - 'Youl-grAve'.

Politics and Government

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

  • This parish was partly in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the Youlgrave 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 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.