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Archives and Libraries

The Tissington Institute and Reading Room was erected in 1910 by Lady FitzHerbert.



  • The parish was in the Calton sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District until 1901.
  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2522
1891 R.G. 12 / 2754


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church dates from the Norman era.
  • The north aisle was erected in 1854.
  • The churchyard contains the remains of an ancient cross.
  • Peter TARLETON has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on the Geo-graph website, taken in July, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1658 for baptisms and marriages and 1659 for burials.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashbourne.
  • There is a photograph of the tiny Methodist Chapel on the Geo-graph website, taken in September, 2008.
  • David HILLAS also has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Calton sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District until 1901.
  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.

Description and Travel

"TISSINGTON is a small parish, in the hundred of Wirksworth. In the village, which is situate about 4 miles N. from Ashbourn, are five springs of the purest water, in connexion with which, a curious ancient custom, termed the 'Floralia', or 'well-dressing', prevails among the villagers, annually upon Ascension day, when these fountains are decorated with the choicest flowers, as offerings to the Naiads, which is thus executed - Blocks of wood are obtained (in) the required form, which are coated over with wet clay, into which the flowers are stuck, in various devices and inscriptions, so as completely to cover the bed and present a beautiful mass of flowers."

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

The parish sits roughly 5 miles north of the market town of Ashbourne at the southern tip of the Peak District and covers 2,307 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish was the scene of a severe contest between Royalist and Parliamentary forces during the English Civil Wars.
  • The parish was known for centuries for its cotton mill, the principle employer in the village.
  • The village is known these days for its well dressings, but the practice dates back to the Black Death. Well Dressing traditionally was done on Holy Thursday, around April 18th.
  • Railway service came to the village in 1899. Passenger service ceased in 1954, but freight service hung on for about another 9 years.
  • The name "Tissington" has been given to a hand-knit sweater pattern designed by Marie WALLIN.


  • Tissington Hall was built in 1609 and was long the seat of the FitzHerbert family.
  • The Library WIng was added in 1910.
  • Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of Tissington Hall on Geo-Graph, taken in February, 2005.
  • Mick LOBB has a photograph of the Gateway at Tissington Hall on Geo-Graph, taken in August, 2009.
  • Tissington Hall is let out for accommodations, weddings and other functions.

Military History

Tissington was the scene of a severe contest between Parliamentary and Royalist forces during the Civil War (1642–1651).

One can see some of the Civil War fortifications near Tissington Hall.

On the north wall of St. Mary's Church is a shield-shaped memorial to Major General William Reid MARTIN of the Indian Army who fought in the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858), China (19th and 20th Centuries), First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880). He was buried in Tissington on 4 Jan 1893.

William Reid MARTIN is noted in the London Gazette of 17 Jan. 1878 as being in the Bengal Army, 43rd native Infantry battalion, and being promoted from Captain to Lieut-Colonel. In the 19th July, 1881 issue, he is brevet promoted to full Colonel.


Military Records

  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial plaque in the church on the Roll of Honour site, along with a list of the names.

Names, Geographical

Anciently this was "Tiscinctuna".


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county, but became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Tissington & Lea Hall 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 were heard at the Ashborne Petty Session Hearings every Saturday.
  • With the passage of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1837 for 50 children.

Jo TURNER has a photograph of the Old School House on Geo-graph, taken in July, 1999.