Archives & Libraries

Barlow is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop on Springfield Road every fourth Wednesday around 11am.

You may prefer to use the comfortable and well-equipped and nearby Library at Dronfield.



David DUNFORD has a photograph of the Lych Gate into the churchyard Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.



  • The parish was in the Dronfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2148
1861 R.G. 9 / 2537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2772

Church History

  • This place was a chapelry for centuries to Staveley parish.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
  • Sources date the construction of the church to 1150.
  • The church seats 243.
  • Roger TEMPLE has a photograph of St. Lawrence Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • The church has its own website with information on services and events.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1573.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE has Barlow Monument Inscriptions on her website.
  • Microfilm copies of registers of St Laurence held at Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock, and available for ordering via local Mormon Family History Libraries:
  1. Baptisms 1573-1903
  2. Marriages 1573-1942
  3. Banns 1754-1799, 1824-1940
  4. Burials 1573-1900

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"BARLOW, (or Great Barlow) a chapelry and township in the parish of Staveley, in the hundred of Scarsdale, and county of Derby, 4 miles to the N.W. of Chesterfield, its post town. Little Barlow is a hamlet of this township. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £95, in the patronage of the Rector of Staveley. There is a small endowed free school."

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

The parish has its own Barlow village website to welcome you.

You can see pictures of Barlow which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The parish is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the Victorian era water pump in Barlow on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • David DUNFORD has a photograph of the Coronation memorial tree on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
  • The traditional annual parish feast was held on the second Sunday in August. A "well dressing", with flowers, also takes place in August, usually on a Wednesday. The well dressing has been a tradition since 1615.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Barlow by Barbarann AYARS.
  • David DUNFORD has a photograph of the Peacock Pub. at Barlow on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
  • These are the names associated with the Peacock P. H. in various directories:
Year  Person
1852 William MART, victualler
1857 Wm. MART, vict.
1868 William MART, victualler
1912 Fred BOWER
1922 Charles MARGERESON
1941 Saml. BURTON


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK345746 (Lat/Lon: 53.267277, -1.484194), Barlow which are provided by:


Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • The Imperial War Memorial has a detailed write-up on the memorial.
  • There are two men listed as buried in the local churchyard on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission database.

Military Records

These are the men listed in the CWGC database as buried in the churchyard:

  1. William YOUNG, Btry. Srgt. Major, R.F.A., 22 Feb 1916
  2. Fred MAGERESON, sapper, Royal Engineers, 6 Nov. 1918, son of Isaac and Mary

Names, Geographical

This parish is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as ‘Barlieie’.

Some locals still refer to the village as Barley.



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar offers this clipping from the Derby Mercury of 29 August 1804: "MARRIED: On Wednesday last, at Dronfield, in this county, Mr. Thomas WILSON, to Miss Ellen RAYNES; both of Barlow."


Politics & Government

  • This place was a Chapelry in Stavely parish in Derby county.
  • It was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in 1871.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but please do NOT ask them for help with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings.
  • There is a list of over 45 Barlow Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Barlow" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.


A Public Elementary School (nixed) was built here in 1872 and enlarged in 1895 to accommodate 220 children.

The school at Barlow has its own website, but no history nor student records are online.



Barlow parish is covered by the Chesterfield and District Family History Society.