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Archives and Libraries

Kniveton is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the centre of the village on every fourth Monday in the mid morning.



  • The parish was in the Ashbourne 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 / 2521
1891 R.G. 12 / 2753


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael. (It may be "St. Michael and All Angels".)
  • The church appears to be of 13th century Norman origin.
  • The church was restored in 1870.
  • The church is a grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Jo TURNER has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
  • Mick GARRATT also has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1591 and is in good condition.
  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.
  • The Primitive Methodists had chapel built here in 1832.
  • Mick GARRATT has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Josie CAMPBELL also has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1857.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"KNIVETON, a parish in the hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 3½ miles N.E. of Ashbourne, its railway station and post town. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the cotton mills. Lime-burning is carried on. The land is chiefly rich pasture. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £64. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient edifice, with a low spired tower. The parochial charities produce about £11 per annum, including the endowment of Hurd's school, &c. There is a National school."

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

The parish lies 150 miles north of London and 6 miles south-west of Wirkswirth. The parish covers 1,974 acres. The village is mostly within the Kniveton Conservation Area originally established in 1998.

Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the Village Hall and School on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish has two Round Barrows which have been partially excavated.
  • This place is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Cheniueston.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Kniveton by Barbarann AYARS.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of the Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.
  • The Red Lion Inn has been around for at least a century. These are the proprietors found in various Directories:
Year Person
1857 John HODGKINSON, farmer
1891 Josh HODGKINSON, farmer
1912 James Henry MATHER

Military History

There is a War Memorial plynth in the parish churchyard.


Military Records

These are the names from the War Memorial in the churchyard:

  1. Ernest A. HAWKSWORTH, LCpl, KRRC
  2. Charles MELLOR, LCpl, 10th Btln. Lancs Fusilers
  3. Arthur ROOME, LCpl, 4th Btln. Grenadier Guards
  4. Herbert BAKER, Pte, 2/8th Btln. Notts and Derbyshire Regt.
  5. Matthew WIlliam BAKER, Pte, 1st. Btln. Notts and Derbyshire Regt.
  6. Ebenezer Alfred BAXTER, Pte, 10th Btln. Notts and Derbyshire Regt.
  7. Charles Thos. BRADDOCK, Pte, 18th Btln. Australian Infantry
  8. David WHEAT, Pte, 7th Btln. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regt.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Kniveton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but please do NOT ask them to do family history searches for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.
  • Mike SPENCER advises (2006) that: "Kniveton was one of the parishes where the principal people of the village signed an agreement making sure no outsiders gained a legal Settlement there, and thereby become chargeable to the parish."