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Archives and Libraries

Hathersage village is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop on Oddfellow Road every fourth Thursday in the morning.



  • BUXTON, Barbara A - Hathersage in The Peak. Phillimore, 2005. ISBN 1-86077-348-6.
  • DAWSON, Bob and CLENDON, Ryland - Hathersage Remembers. Valley Printers of Hathersage, 2000. No ISBN.
  • EDGAR, Jenny - An Accessible Wilderness: Life at Stanage and the North Lees Estate. Derbyshire County Council, 2005. ISBN 0-903463-73-3.
  • Historical Hathersage Millennium Project - Hathersage Images of the Past. Peak Press of Chapel-en-le-Frith, 2000. No ISBN, and now sadly out of print. Updated 21 Aug 2006.
  • SMITH, Barbara M - A History of the Catholic Chapel at Hathersage. Hope Valley Press, 1987. ISBN 0 9512614 0 1


Basher EYRE has a photograph of St. Michael's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.



  • The parish was in the Tideswell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2150
1861 R.G. 9 / 2543 & 2546 & 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2777


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church was restored in 1852.
  • A new organ was provided in 1907.
  • The church seats 450.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St. Michael & All Angels Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007.
  • On the south side of the churchyard is shown the gravestone of LITTLE JOHN, the companion of Robin Hood.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of Little John's gravestone on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2001.
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of Little John's grave on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Church Lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1627 for baptisms and marriages and from 1628 for burials.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Eyam.
  • The Cahtolic church here was rebuilt in 1805 and is dedicated to St. Michael.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2004.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1807 and enlarged in 1872.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"HATHERSAGE, a village and parish, is 5½ miles E. by S. from Castleton, in the same hundred as Hope, and 4 miles from that village. The branch of wire drawing, and the manufacture of needles, are carried on here extensively; and upon the Derwent, which flows through the parish, are corn mills, and one for the making of paper."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Hathersage is 10 miles south-west of Sheffield and 160 miles north of London and contains the townships of Hathersage, Bamford, Derwent (chapelry) and Outseats; to which the chapelry of Stoney Middleton is also annexed (as of 1857). White's 1857 continues: This village has long been noted for the manufacture of needles, hackles, gills, pins, cast steel wire, and millstones. Messrs Robert and David COOK first brought the needle business here from Redditch on the 14th July 1811.

The Hamlet of Derwent is now on the north side of the Ladybower Reservoir.

The Midland Railway opened a station here in 1894, 9 miles north of Bakewell.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The Danes are reputed to have built the earthwork north of the church known as "Camp Green".
  • A sheep dog trail was held in late September each year at Longshaw Lodge.
  • Martin DAWES has a photograph of the Scotsmans Pack Pub., 1817, on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Hathersage by Barbarann AYARS.
  • Nickie JOHNSTON contributes this extract from the Derby Mercury newspaper of 2 Oct 1809: "To be sold at auction .... At the house of Mr. Benjamin TORR of Hathersage .... a substantial messuage or farmhouse.....about 60 acres....situate in the hamlet of Derwent in the parish of Hathersage."


Hathersage Hall  is a stone mansion built in 1496.


Military History

  • During World War One, there was a Red Cross VAD Hospital here.

Military Records

The Derby Mercury newspaper reports that Major SHUTTLEWORTH of Hathersage was wounded at Bunker's Hill in June 1775.

Basher EYRE has a photograph of a memorial plaque in St. Michael's church to Colonel Ashton John HUTTLEWORTH of the Royal Artillery, born 1840, who died just before WWI on 29 Sept. 1912. His surname appears as SHUTTLEWORTH in many sources.

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Michael's churchyard, both from World War II:

  1. Anthony Condor SNOWDON, flight sergt., RAF Vol. Rsrv., died 6 Nov. 1945.
  2. Gordon STUBBS, flight srgt., 51 Sqdn. RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 9 June 1941. Son of John and Mary H. STUBBS.


Kathy WADLOW shares this extract from the Derby Mercury of 13th March 1833:

"A Coroner's Inquest was held at Hathersage, in this County, on the 1st instant, on Mary TORR, who poisoned herself by taking two spoonsful of arsenic, mixed with black current preserve. The deceased had been charged with stealing coals, and though the Magistrates dismissed the information, yet the charge so preyed on her mind, and the idea of her character suffering from it, that she formed the determination of destroying herself. The Jury, after a long investigation as to all the circumstances and as to her previous state of mind, came to the determination of returning a verdict of felo de se and the Coroner issued his warrant for the burial between the hours of 9-12 at night, without the rites of Christian burial, agreeably to the statute of 4th George IV."

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake) in the western division of the county.
  • You may contact the Hathersage Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are Not staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance was provided by the High Peak Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings each Friday.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here around 1825.
  • 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 (mixed) was built here in 1859 for 177 children.

A Catholic (mixed) School was built here in 1861 and enlarged in 1911 to hold 81 children.



Hathersage Historical Society holds educational events. See the Parish Council Website for current information.