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  • TAYLOR, Keith - Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley, Beeley. Ashridge Press/Country Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-906789-06-0.
  • WAITE, Glynn - Rowsley Railway Miscellany - 2. Pynot Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-9552251-9-2. Added 25 Oct 2008.
  • WAITE, Glynn - Rowsley Miscellany. Pynot Publishing, 2006. ISBN 978-0-9552251-1-6.
  • WAITE, Glynn & KNIGHTON, Laurence - Rowsley: A Rural Railway Centre. The Midland Railway Society, 2004. ISBN 0-9537486-2-6


Basher EYRE has a photograph of the churchyard at Rowsley on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.



  • The parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2774 & 2775

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Catherine. The name has changed to Katherine over time.
  • The church was built in 1855.
  • A mortuary chapel was added to the church in 1859.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Bill BOADEN has a photograph of St. Katherine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2015. We note that he uses an alternative spelling of the saint's name.
  • Stephen HORNCASTLE has a photograph of St. Catherine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2002.
  • John SLATER has a photograph from a different angle of St. Catherine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1855.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish register burials partially extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"ROWSLEY (Great) township and village, situated at the confluence of the river Wye with the Derwent, 3¼ miles E.S.E. from Bakewell. The church, dedicated to St. Catherine, is situated on a slight elevation, about the centre of the village, and is a handsome stone edifice in the Norman style of architecture, with turret and one bell; the Rev. John Jones, B.A., incumbent. Here is a good day school."

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

Alport is a hamlet in this parish. The parish is also profiled at Derbyshire UK.

Chris HEATON has a photograph of the River Derwent by Bank Wood on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

And YES, if you visit, watch out for the ducks as you drive. These ducks don't belong to J. THOMAS, but he took the picture in January, 2005.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Most of Rowsley village is part of the Rowsley Conservation Area established in July, 1987.
  • The Peacock Hotel dates from the 17th century.
  • There are photographs and some history of Rowsley at the Derby Photos website.

Military History

Basher EYRE has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Bakewell parish in Derbyshire and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient High Peak Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Rowsley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bakewell petty session hearings each Friday.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.