• NAYLOR, Diane - The Chatsworth Villages - Beeley, Edensor & Pilsley. Landmark, 2005. ISBN 1-84306-198-8.
  • TAYLOR, Keith - Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley, Beeley. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906789-06-0.


  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2149
1861 R.G. 9 / 2540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne.
  • Parts of the church fabric date back to 1150.
  • The church was extensively restored in 1884.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Anne's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Anne's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1890.
  • Martin SPECK has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"BEELEY, a chapelry in the parish and union of Bakewell, hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the S.E. of Bakewell, and 6 N.W. from Matlock. It is situated on the river Derwent, and has a stone quarry on Beeley Moor, from which the well-known grindstones are obtained. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, val. £98, in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire. The church, dedicated to St. Anne, is an old building with a low tower. There are several small charities, of the value of £7 per annum. There is a free school, erected and supported by the Duke of Devonshire, who is lord of the manor and chief landowner."


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

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012. You may want to stop in and ask for a schedule of forthcoming events.

You can see pictures of Beeley which are provided by:






Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Beeley 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 SK266676 (Lat/Lon: 53.20481, -1.603219), Beeley which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Bakewell parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a seperate, modern CIvil Parish in December, 1866.
  • You may contact the local parish council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT help you with family history questions.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake) in the Western division of the county.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings.
  • There is an index of a handful of Beeley Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Beeley" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.