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Archives and Libraries

Biggin village is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops every fourth Wednesday in the early afternoon.



  • FEATHERSTONE, William (Peter), Biggin and Hartington Nether Quarter. date unk. Available at the local Pub.


  • The parish was in the Brailsford sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The Wirksworth website has the 1861 census transcripts for Biggin.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 182
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519 & 2523
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751 & 2755


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


Church History

  • This place once had a settlement of Cistercian monks from Garendon Abbey. The monks brought sheep farming to Biggin Grange.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas.
  • The church was built in 1847-48.
  • The Chapelry of Biggin was formed from Hartington Nether Quarter in 1848.
  • The church seats 350.
  • NeIl THEASBY has a photograph of St Thomas's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.
  • Peter BARR has a different view of St Thomas's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1848.
  • Mike SPENCER provides a partially extracted Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • The parish had two Primitive Methodist chapels in 1871.
  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of one of the former Primitive Methodist chapels on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016. The caption tells us that it opened in 1842 and closed about 145 years later.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Biggin was a township, a chapelry and a village in the Ashborne district of Derby.  The village is about 7 miles south-west of Bakewell and lies in the Peak District National Park.  There are TWO Biggins in Derbyshire.  This one is more properly known as "Biggin by Hartigan".  The other would be "Biggin by Hulland".

NeIl THEASBY has a photograph of Biggin Village Hall; on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.  It can be useful to stop in and request a copy of the forth-coming events list. Look for lectures on local history and families.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Biggin was once known as "Newbiggin".
  • Travelers and locals are welcomed to The Waterloo Inn on Main Street. Caravan and camping facilities are available.
  • Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of The Waterloo Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2004.
  • Graham HOGG also has a photograph of The Waterloo Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • These are the proprietors listed in various directories for The Waterloo Inn:
Year  Person
1857 James SHAW
1891 William NAYLOR
1895 Matthew BEETHAM
1899 William DERBYSHIRE
1912 John Thomas GREAVES

Military History

  • The Traces of War website shows us the parish has 2 Commonwealth War Graves from World War II.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014. The Memorial stands on the corner of the Main Street and Drury Lane.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Thomas churchyard from World War II:

  1. Charles RILEY, priv., Pioneer Corps, died 10 March 1946, age 19. Grandson of Mary RILEY.
  2. Kenneth SIMS, priv., Royal Armoured Corps, 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry, died 10 July 1941, age 20. Son of Alice SIMS.

There are the names on the War Memorial in Biggin:

  1. Joseph Wm. BRINDLEY. 1st Royal Marines
  2. John Wm. BUXTON. Pte. 2nd Notts and Derby Regt.
  3. Wilfred BUXTON., Pte. 1/6 Notts and Derby Regt.
  4. Fred NAYLOR. Pte. 2/6 Notts and Derby Regt.
  5. George PERCIVAL. Srgt., 2/6 Notts and Derby Regt.
  6. Albert S. B. SUTTON, a school boy
  7. William WAGSTAFF, Pte. 8th South Staffs Regt.
  8. William WEBSTER. Srgt., Notts and Derby Regt.

1939 – 1945

  1. Kenneth SIMS, Trpr, RAC
  2. Michael LLOYD, Flying Officer, RAFVR.
  3. Victor WILTON, Trpr. RAC
  4. Charles. RILEY, Pte. Pioneer Corps

Northern Ireland

  1. Michael Joseph BESWICK, LCpl. Royal Fus.

Politics and Government

  • The township of Biggin was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne Petty Session hearings every Saturday.
  • There is an index of Biggin Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Biggin" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School was erected in Biggin prior to 1911 for 120 children. Average attendance in 1911 was 60.

Mike SPENCER provides a list of School Admissions for Biggin School.