Earl Sterndale


Archives & Libraries

Earl Sterndale village is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop by the church every fourth Wednesday in the afternoon.

The Bakewell Library, just up the road to the north, provides ample space and resources in its Local History and Family Research Section.



  • HINE, Sheila - Around Longnor. Churnet Valley Books, 2007. Includes photographs and anecdotes from Earl Sterndale. ISBN 1-904546-47-1.


David MATIN has a photograph of the parish churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

Gareth JAMES has a different point of view of the church graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2018.



  • This hamlet 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 Michael.
  • The church was originally built in the 14th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1828.
  • The church was restored in 1881 and again in 1908.
  • The church was destroyed by an errant German bomb in 1941. The church has the distinction of being the only church in Derbyshire bombed by the Germans in World War II.
  • The church was restored in 1952.
  • The church seats about 252.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1765.
  • Mike SPENCER has contributed an extract of Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE provides a transcription of the Earl Sterndale stone memorials from St Michael & All Angels Churchyard.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"EARL STERNDALE, a hamlet in the parish of Hartington, hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 6 miles S. of Buxton, and 8 W. of Bakewell. It is situated near the river Dove, and, together with Hartington Middle Quarter, forms a chapelry. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £130, in the patronage of the Vicar of Hartington."

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

Crowdecote is a hamlet in this parish, two miles south of Earl Sterndale village.

You should read the Derbyshire Village Book entry.

You can see pictures of Earl Sterndale which are provided by:





John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72" tells us:

"EARL-STERNDALE, a chapelry in Hartington parish, Derby; on the river Dove, at the boundary with Stafford, 4¾ miles SSE of Buxton r. station, and 7½ W of Winster. It contains a hamlet of its own name; but is itself conterminate with Hartington-Middle-Quarter township. Post town, Hartington, under Ashborne. Real property, £3, 844. Pop., 326. Houses, 69. The living is a p. curacy in the dio. of Lichfield. Value, £130. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church was rebuilt in 1828. 

Historical Geography

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



Steven RUFFLES has a photograph of the Quiet Woman Public House on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016. The pub has been in operation since at least the late 1800s.

These are the names associated with the Quiet Woman Pub. in various directories:

Year  Person
1891 Herbert HEATHCOTE
1895 Herbert HEATHCOTE, farmer


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK090670 (Lat/Lon: 53.200003, -1.86673), Earl Sterndale which are provided by:


Military History


Military Records

  • Rosemary LOCKIE provides a photograph and a transcription of the War Memorial.
  • Lost Ancestors also has the names from the War Memorial with details on their units, family, etc.

Politics & Government

  • This place was and is a hamlet and Chapelry in Hartington Middle Quarter parish in Derby county. There is no record of it becoming a formal modern Civil Parish called "Earl Sterndale".
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The ecclesiastical parish of Earl Sterndale was formed from Hartington Middle Quarter in 1873.
  • In 1883 a detached part of Hartington Town Quarter was added to Hartington Middle Quarter Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1934, Hartington Middle Quarter Civil Parish gained 1 acre from Flagg Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Hartington Middle Quarter Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • 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.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1850 and enlarged in 1895 to hold 70 children.
  • Average attendance in 1911 was 52.


  • The Earl Sterndale History Group meet in the Chapel on the first and third Thursdays of every month.