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  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • By 1911, the parish was re-allocated to the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2521
1891 R.G. 12 / 2753


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saints Philip and James.
  • The church was built in 1874 on Atlow Lane to replace the old church of All Saints (part of Bradbourne Priory) and was consecrated in May of 1874.
  • The church seats 120.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of the church at Flickr.
  • John POYSER has a photograph of Atlow Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1685 for burials and baptism and from 1698 for marriages.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.
  • The Wishful Thinking site has some Atlow memorial inscriptions you may find useful.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • By 1911, the parish was re-allocated to the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ATLOW, a chapelry in the parish of Bradborne, and hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 4 miles to the N.E. of Ashbourne. It is situated in a pleasant district on the river Dove, and from a lofty hill, called Magger's Bush, not far from the village, there is a fine prospect. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £148, in the patronage of C. H. Oakover, Esq."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

The modern parish of Atlow is 145 miles north of London, 12 miles north-west of Derby city and 5 miles south-west from Wirksworth.

You can see pictures of Atlow which are provided by:





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Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



Most of the land in the parish has been set aside for pasturage for several hundred years.


Military History

The Atlow War Memorial consists of a brass vase dedicated to the memory of George William WORMAN, a private in the first Btln., Derbyshire Yeomanry who died 28th November 1917, aged 22.


Names, Geographical

Called "Etalawe" at the 1066 Domesday Survey.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Bradbourne parish and became a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • This citizens of Atlow parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council. They have periodic Parish Meetings of all the citizens to discuss political and civic issues. There is no one to help you with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashbourn petty session hearings.
  • There is a single Atlow Bastardy Paper held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Atlow" from the list of parishes displayed. Yes, the name "Atlow" is misspelled on the entry.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.


A National School (mixed) was built here in 1863 for 60 stuents.

John POYSER has a photograph of Atlow School on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2006.