Archives and Libraries

Chelmorton used to have a Mobile Library Van that visited every two weeks or so, but that service has been terminated (in 2014). We recommend the library in Bakewell as an alternative.



  • GOULD, David - Then and Now and Odds and Ends of Chelmorton. Published by the Author, October 2008. No ISBN. Added 25 Oct 2008.
  • GOULD, David - A Short History of Chelmorton. Published by the Author, February 2008. No ISBN. Added 21 Feb 2008.


Basher EYRE has a photograph of the Churchyard at Chelmorton on geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.



  • 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 / 2539
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774

Church History

  • This place was for centuries only a chapelry of ease to Buxton.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was originally built in 1111.
  • The church was restored and re-opened in 1874.
  • The church seats 300.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2018.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1590 and is in good condition.
  • Louis R. MILLS has provided a List of extracted marriages for the parish for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • Louis R. MILLS has provided a List of extracted burials for the parish for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.
  • There was a Primitive Methodist chapel here by 1891.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"CHELMORTON, a chapelry in the parish of Bakewell, in the hundred of High Peak, in the county of Derby, 4 miles S.W. of Tideswell, and 7 W. of Bakewell. It is situated at the foot of a high hill. The inhabitants are principally engaged in the ribbon manufacture. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £78, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bakewell. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a stone building with a fine spire, built in the year 1111."

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

Chris VAUGHN has a photograph of Chelmorton from Midshires way on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2004.

It's as simple and plain as the village itself. Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018. You may wish to use your talents and artistic skills to create a more enticing signage for the village.

Chelmorton is a linear village along the Main Street. The parish lies 7 miles west of Bakewell and 4.5 miles south-east of Buxton, It covered about 1,954 acres in 1857.

You can see pictures of Chelmorton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Chelmorton 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 SK115700 (Lat/Lon: 53.226921, -1.829199), Chelmorton which are provided by:


Military History

The Chelmorton War Memorial Institute is a gray building on the Main Street. This building is actually the Village Hall and can be hired should you need a place for your family re-union.


Military Records

  • Basher EYRE has a photograph of the Memorial to Horace D. HEINTZ inside the parish church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015. Horace was the son of Heinrich and Elizabeth HEINTZ and was a native of Buxton.

Names, Geographical

This was Chelmerdon(e)  in the 12th Century. Probably the Old English personal name of "Coelmar" + "dun", or "Hill of a man called Ceolmar".
A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place Names," Oxford Press, 1991.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Bakewell parish in county Derby. It was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may visit the Chelmorton Parish Council website. Be aware that you may contact them about civic and political issues, but they are NOT funded nor staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • 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.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1805.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.