Eaton and Alsop


ALSOP-LE-DALE, a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, hundred of Wirksworth, in the county of Derby, 6 miles to the N.W. of Ashbourne. The river Dove runs near it. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £49, in the patronage of the inhabitants and freeholders. The chapel, originally in the Norman style, but considerably altered, is dedicated to St. Michael. Alsop lies within the Duchy of Lancaster and the jurisdiction of a court held at Tutbury once a fortnight for the recovery of small debts."

"EATON, a chapelry in the parish of Ashbourne, hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 6 miles N.W. of Ashborne.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



Neil THEASBY has a photograph of Gravestones in Alsop-en-le-Dale churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2017.



  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2523
1891 R.G. 12 / 2755

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The foundations of the church date from Norman times.
  • The church was restored in 1883.
  • The church seats 80.
  • There is a photograph of the church at Geo-graph.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1701 for all entries.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashbourne.
  • Louis MILLS has provided a partial extract of parish register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"ALSOP-LE-DALE AND EATON, a township, chapelry and secluded village, on the Bakewell road, 5½ miles N.N.W. from Ashbourn. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient Norman structure. The living is a perpetual curacy; the Rev. William Fisher, M.A., incumbent.
COLD EATON, 1½ miles N.W. from Alsop-le-Dale."

[Descriptions from Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Eaton and Alsop 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 SK160551 (Lat/Lon: 53.092872, -1.762533), Eaton and Alsop which are provided by:


Military History

Steve BOWEN tells us: "Hugh de Alsop, a younger son of Gamellus, went with Richard I on the Third Crusade (1189-91) to the Holy Land. He was captain of a company under the command of Sir Ralph de Lyleburne, who was colonel of four companies."



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of December 8, 1803: DIED: "On Friday last, after a long illness, in the 20th year of his age, Mr. John BROWNSON, eldest son of Mr. BROWNSON, of Allsop in the Dale, in this county,

"The fairest Blossoms ripen and decay the soonest."



Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township and Chapelry in Ashborne parish in Derby county .
  • It is not clear when this place became a modern Civil Parish .
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashborne petty session hearings.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.


  • The One-Name Study Group The Allsop Family Group is for anyone interested in ALLSOP and variants, and run by Winifred Waterall, 86 High Street, Loscoe, Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7LF, UK.

    Membership is by an annual subscription of £5 for UK residents, £8 for UK residents, and £10 for all other Overseas. This includes a quarterly journal 'Allsop Ancestors', and a Family Gathering is held in June each year at Alsop en le Dale. Winifred holds a slip index of entries from Parish Registers, Census, MIs, and other records. For enquiries, please include a stamped self addressed envelope, or in the case of overseas enquiries two International Reply Coupons. Thank you. NB subscription rates updated 1 Nov 2010.

    Note: whilst specific Surname Interests are under normal circumstances catered for elsewhere than GENUKI, the Allsop Surname has such close ties with the village that it is felt the two are inseparable. The surname originated in the village, and there are more references to the surname in Derbyshire than anywhere else.