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Archives and Libraries

You will find the Local Studies and Family History section of the Bakewell Library a useful assistant to your search. The Library is normally open six days a week and is on Granby Road.



  • BRIGHTON, Trevor - Bakewell: The Ancient Capital of The Peak. Halsgrove, 2005. ISBN 1-84114-419-3.
  • HUDSON, Paul - Ann Summers : Creator of the World Famous Bakewell Pudding. Pynot Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9552251-7-8.
  • ROBBINS, Linda and DRAPER Lesley - The Book of the Bakewell Show. Halsgrove, 2003. ISBN 1-84114-310-0.
  • TAYLOR, Keith - Bakewell in Old Photographs. Country Books of Little Longstone, 2009. ISBN 978-1-906789-12-1.
  • TUFFREY, Peter - Bakewell and the White Peak. Tempus, 2003. ISBN 0-7524-3042-4.


  • Bakewell Municipal Cemetery was founded in 1858 as a 3.5 acre parcel and lies a few hundred yards south of the parish church on Yeld Road.
  • The cemetery had one mortuary chapel for Church of England members and one for non-conformists.
  • The local Urban District Council holds all burials records, but these may be viewed by appointment only. They will NOT do e-mail lookups for you.
  • David SMITH provides a photograph of a portion of The cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.
  • N. CHADWICK has a photograph of one of the Cemetery Chapels on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015.
  • N. CHADWICK also has a photograph of the Cemetery entrance and lodge on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015.
  • Graham HOGG has a close-up shot of one of the Cemetery Chapels on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.



  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 183
1861 R.G. 9 / 2538 thru 2540 & 2545
1891 R.G. 12 / 2773 & 2774


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The original Christian church was founded here in 920.
  • The present Anglican church was built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
  • The Vernon Chapel was added to the south transept circa 1360.
  • The tower and spire were added at the end of the 14th century or beginning of the 15th century.
  • The church underwent extensive repairs in 1841.
  • The church chancel was thoroughly restored in 1881.
  • David DUNFORDT has a photograph of a 9th century Saxon Cross in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2004.
  • The Vernon family of Haddon Hall were the providers of much of the funding for building Bakewell Church, including their own "Vernon Chapel". The postcard shows the monument to Sir John MANNERS who died in 1611, and his wife Dorothy VERNON, of Haddon Hall, daughter of Sir George VERNON, the so called "King of the Peak". It is sited at the north end of the Chapel; at the opposite end is a similar monument to their son Sir George MANNERS (d. 1623), and his wife Grace PIERREPOINT - "Grace, Lady Manners" who founded the Lady Manners Grammar School. The Chapel also contains the tomb of an earlier John MANNERS who died in 1477.
  • The church seats 700.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.
  • Bill HENDERSON also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE has a transcription of A Day in the Peak on her Wishful-thinking website, covering Bakewell Church and Haddon Hall.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1614 and is in bad condition.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of All Saints Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • We have a pop-up window of Bakewell burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.
  • Here is a list of Bakewell 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, 1614-1973. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, 1614-1803
Marriages, 1614-1770; Banns, 1653-1660
Burials, 1616-1803
Baptisms, 1803-1887
Burials, 1803-1812
Marriages, 1819-1895
Banns, 1777, 1815-1821
Baptisms, 1821-1847, 1841-1842
Banns, 1862-1893
Burials, 1813-1901
Baptisms, 1887-1901
Marriages, 1895-1900
Baptisms, 1899-1937
Marriages, 1895-1936 (to 25 Apr. 1936)
Marriages, 1936-1944 (from 11 Apr. 1936)
Burials, 1901-1918, 1929, 1973
Bishop's transcripts, 1614-1872. Microfilm Number
Baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1614-1812 0422183
Baptisms, marriages and burials, 1813-1837
Baptisms and burials, 1838-1858; 1867-1872
  • A Congregationalist Chapel in Buxton Road was built in 1809 and was rebuilt in 1840.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Matlock Street was built in 1866.
  • Eirian EVANS has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • The Catholic church was originally built in 1890 on Granby road.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Cathoilic Church of the English Martyrs on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"BAKEWELL, a market town and township, in the extensive parish of its name, and in the hundred of High Peak, of which district it is termed the metropolis; is 153 miles from London 36 S.E. from Manchester, 25 N.N.W. from Derby, 16 N. from Ashbourn, 12 W. from Chesterfield, 12 E. by S. from Buxton, 10 N.W. from Matlock, and 6 N. from Winster. Bakewell is an ancient town, situate at the foot of a hill, on the western bank of the river Wye, whose stream abounds with trout and other fish affording ample reward to the patience of the angler; while the rich and romantic scenery, enhanced in beauty by the noble appearance of wood-clad hills, present strong and almost not to be resisted inducements, to the visitors of Buxton and Matlock, to tarry a time in this vicinity."

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

The parish of Bakewell is one of the largest in the county - at one point covering 9 Chapelries and 14 townships.

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Historical Geography

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



  • A market was established here in 1254.
  • The bridge over the River Wye was constructed in the 13th century and is now a Grade I listed structure with British Heritage.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Bakewell by Barbarann AYARS.
  • The Bakewell Pudding - for those who aren't familiar with the dish, it might be more aptly called a Tart, having a pastry base, which is smeared lightly with jam, and then covered with an almond-flavoured filling, and baked in a medium oven. The recipe is allegedly based on a cooking disaster-turned-success - a mixture of ingredients assembled by mistake whilst the cook was preparing a meal at what is now the Rutland Hotel, for a special guest.
  • There are two shops in Bakewell, both claiming to serve puddings based on the original recipe, which in both cases is a jealously guarded secret, having been passed down through the family from the original cook... Personally I don't think it matters which, if either or both establishments follow the original recipe, as both taste quite delicious!
  • Val VANNET has a photograph of a Bakewell Pudding on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2004.

Military History

  • In 1860, the Bakewell and High Peak Rifle Corps was formed by men who wanted to learn to shoot and maintain the new "rifles" that were replacing the smooth-bore guns their fathers had used.
  • In 1899, D Company of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Sherwood Foresters was stationed here.Capt. A. BROWN, commanding; George H. TAYLOR-WHITEHEAD, lieut.; Sergt. James Henry GREEN, drill instructor.
  • In 1912, D Company of the 6th Territorial Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters was stationed here at the Drill Hall.
  • Eirian EVANS has a photograph of the WWI War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • Roger CORNFOOT also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009. Although he only identifies it as a roundabout.
  • The Traces of War website shows us the parish has 10 Commonwealth War Graves from World War I and 2 from WWII.

Military Records

Gerald ENGLAND has a photograph of the War Memorial plaques on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.

These 10 casualties from World War I are buried in the Bakewell Community Cemetery:

  1. G. W. BLAGDEN, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 8 Oct. 1918.
  2. T. HICKS, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 12 March 1919.
  3. F. HOLDER, corporal, DBYS Yeomanry, age 31, died 17 May 1920.
  4. H. C. MARSDEN, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 13 Dec. 1919.
  5. John H. SHERRATT, srgt., Royal Defense Corps., age 34, died 7 Nov. 1918.
  6. E. H. SMITH, pioneer, Royal Engineers, died 14 May 1919.
  7. Ernest A. SMITH, priv., Sherwood Foresters, died 14 Nov. 1918.
  8. T. SWANN, Captain, Sherwood Foresters, died 18 Jan. 1917.
  9. T. E. TURNER, priv., Sherwood Foresters, age 40, died 4 June 1919.
  10. Edward WOOD, priv., Durham Light Inf., age 22, died 7 Feb. 1918.

These two casualties from World War II are buried in the Bakewell Community Cemetery:

  1. William McGREGOR, ldg. aircraftman, RAF Vol. Rsv., age 27, died 24 July 1944.
  2. Reginald W. POWELL, ldg. seaman, RN, age 20, died 5 Oct. 1941. Served on the minesweeper HMS Eastbourne.

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).
  • The Bakewell Urban District Council was established in 1894.
  • In 1903 the hamlet of Holme was transferred from Great Longstone parish to this civil parish.
  • You may contact the Bakewell Town Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • 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 at 11am.

The Common Land was enclosed here in 1806.

The Bakewell Almshouses - subject of a recent restoration project which began in 2003 - are a familiar feature in South Church Street. The present row of cottages dates from 1709, built behind the then Town Hall to accommodate six inmates; however the Almshouse Charity associated with their administration predates their construction by over 100 years, being founded by deeds of 30th April 1602 and 26th April 1605 by Roger Manners and John Manners of Haddon Hall "so that we can give charitable disposition towards the relief of poor people inhabiting the town of Bakewell". It was to be called the St John's Hospital, with its income raised from rents levied on lands at Bradmore in South Nottinghamshire, and granted by John Manners to Roger Manners, Roger Collumbell, Rowland Eyre and George Bowne for administration. The 1602 provision was for accommodation for four men, each of which was to receive a pension. In 1605 this was increased to six Almsmen, together with an increase in their pension allowance, and an increased allowance to the laundress (who lived elsewhere).

The first accommodation was described in the Deed of 1602 as "so much of a newly erected house, being part of the chapel, as contained four lodgings below and having the Town Hall over it, and the backside or garden-stead and shall remain a hospital for ever and the same should be called St John's Hospital". Evidence of the sleeping cells was found during alterations some years ago. A dining hall for the Governor and poor is then mentioned in the document of 1605.

The Almsmen were to be "single and unmarried and wear a gown, upon the left breast of which was a cross of blue and yellow to be continually worn", and in the event of an inmate being "an alehouse haunter, drunkard or notorious offender or found begging" he was to be expelled. Church-attendance was mandatory, on penalty of a fine of twelve pence.

[Information summarised from history provided by, which is no longer online]


  • The earliest known education in Bakewell was provided by the Chantry Priest in the Chantry of Our Lady, founded by the Vernon family of Haddon in the 13th century. One source suggests the Chantry property still exists, now as separate cottages in South Church Street, sited just below the Church; however the present buildings (recognisable until quite recently by their thatched roofs) are of a later date, being built in the early 18th century as Almshouses. Nevertheless it seems likely - whether or not anything of the original building survives, that the location is correct, as the more comprehensive definition of ‘Chantry’ in The Catholic Encyclopedia explains how it was quite common for the Chapels to be sited in buildings separate from the Church, but within, or connected to the churchyard, as these properties, or their predecessors must once have been.

    The abolition of Chantries in 1547, in Edward VI's reign resulted in the loss of this, and other schools funded by the Chantries. After this time, other religious movements stepped in, leading to the founding of Charity Schools, either dependent on a benefactor, or on public subscription.
  • The first Lady Manners School may be counted amongst these latter Charity Schools. It was founded in 1636 by Grace, Lady Manners as a free school for the education of boys from Bakewell and Great Rowsley, and has survived successive revolutions in education to become today a Secondary Comprehensive School, in Shutts Lane.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the current Lady Manners School on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. The school is on the south edge of the town.