HOPE, a parish in the hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 1 mile E. of Castleton, 12 miles N. W. of Bakewell, its post town, and 15 S.W. of Sheffield. It is situated on the river Noe, and contains Bradwell, Brough, Fairfield, and 15 other townships Hope was formerly a market town under the Fitzwarrens, who had a castle here. The inhabitants are engaged in the cotton, rope, hat, and lace manufactures.

The larger part of the land is in moorland. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £380, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. There is a district church at Fairfield, the living of which is a donative curacy*, value £79. The parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, has a tower crowned with a spire, and contains six bells.

The parochial charities produce about £73 per annum, of which £7 goes to a free school. Here is a place of worship for the Methodists. The bodies of two persons buried in the moors in 1674 were found twenty years after in an undecayed state, the skin being soft, and resembling tanned leather. Joseph Hall, Esq., is lord of the manor. A market for cattle is held on the last Wednesday in every month."

"HOPE-WOODLAND, a hamlet in the parish of Hope, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 6 miles N. E. of Tideswell."

"WOODLAND HOPE, (or Hope Woodlands), a hamlet in the parish of Hope, hundred of High Peake, county Derby, 2 miles E. of Castleton.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



  • PORTER, William Smith - Notes from a Peakland Parish, 1923, 128 pages. Reprinted as facsimile by Country Books, 2002. ISBN 978-1898941439.




  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.
  • There was a census taken in Hope in 1811, but the census entries of that time were Surname, firstname (of head of household) and counts of people in various brackets. Relationships are not shown. See the transcription of the Hope 1811 census provided by Marjorie WARD.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2151
1861 R.G. 9 / 2543 & 2545 & 2546 & 2548
1891 R.G. 12 / 2781

Church History

  • The Domesday Book (1086) records that Hope had a church.
  • The present parish church dates from the 14th and 15th century.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Peters Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • In the churchyard stands the shaft of a sandstone cross dating from the Anglo-Saxon period, standing seven feet high and carved on all faces.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Eyam.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1855.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Chapel en le Frith sub-district of the Chapel en le Frith Registration District.

Description & Travel

"HOPE is a township and village (once a market-town), in the parish of its name, in the same hundred as Castleton, about 1 mile from that town, and about 5½ N. from Tideswell. The moors in this parish have afforded, in many instances, extraordinary properties in the preservation of human bodies buried in them; some having been discovered, after thirty years' interment, perfect and free from decomposition."

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

You can see pictures of Hope which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



A Bronze Age barrow called The Folly, with a diameter of 23 meters (75 ft), is located within the parish, close to Pindale Road.

Hope Motte is an earthwork on the bank of the Peakshole Water, thought to have been constructed during the Norman period. It is mentioned in a deed dating from the reign of Edward I.

From 1715 a weekly market was held along with four annual fairs.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK183840 (Lat/Lon: 53.352573, -1.726541), Hope which are provided by:


Military History

  • SMJ has a photograph of the Hope War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Peter's churchyard. They are for:

  1. Arthur J. MOSS, major, Ryl. Eng., age 28, died 30 Dec. 1945.
  2. Eric WALLIS, lance corp., KOYLI, age 33, died 28 Jan. 1943.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of December 29, 1803, "MARRIED: On Tuesday, Mr. Joseph VERNON, of Hope, in this county, to Miss Mary HAMPSON, of Manchester."

In the same edition: "MARRIED: On Thursday last, at the parish church of Hope, in this county, Mr. Benjamin PEARSON, jun . of Brough, to Miss ROBINSON, of Thornhill Carr; an accomplished young lady, with a handsome fortune."

And in the same edition: "MARRIED: On Tuesday se'nnight, Mr. H. NORRIS, of Aston, near Sheffield; to Miss KESTEVEN, of Beighton Lawn, Yorkshire."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar offers this article from the Derby Mercury of 13 September 1804, "MARRIED: At Middleton, on Thursday last, Mr. Thomas GOULD, of Hope, in this county, to Miss M. WELLS, of Parr Field, near Middleton."

Jane TAYLOR has this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 17 Jan 1805: "MARRIED: (On Tuesday) Mr. Joseph HOWE, of Sheffield, butcher, to Miss Ellen MARSHALL, of Hope, in this county."


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Hope with Aston Parish Council regarding Civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the High Peak Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chapel-en-le-Frith petty session hearings once each month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chapel en le Frith Poorlaw Union.


Hope Primary School was built in 1912.

Hope has a small secondary school on Castleton Road: Hope Valley College.