YOULGREAVE, a parish partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, and partly in that of High Peak, county Derby, 3½ miles S.W. of Bakewell, and 3 from Rowsley railway station. The parish, which comprises above 12,000 acres, is watered by a branch of the river Wye, and includes the chapelries of Stanton, Elton, and Winster, the last also a market town, with the townships of Birchover, Gratton, and Middleton, and the hamlets of Smerril, Conksbury, Hartlemoor, Alport, and Greenfield.

Some of the inhabitants are employed in the cotton mills, and others in the stone quarries and lead mines, which latter, though formerly more productive than at present, are still in active operation. The population in 1861 was 3,738. In the township of Middleton is a Druidical circle, known as Arborlowes Ring, surrounded by numerous barrows. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £200.

The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, contains a font supposed to be of the 11th century, and several old monuments. There are chapels-of-ease at Elton, Stanton, and Winster, and chapels for Wesleyans and other Protestant Dissenters in various parts of the parish. There is a free school endowed with £25 per annum, and National and denominational schools. The Duke of Rutland is lord of the manor of Youlgrave, and W. Pole Thornhill, Esq., of that of Elton."

"ALPORT, a hamlet in the townships of Rowsley and Youlgreave and the parish of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the N.W. of Castleton. Alpert Brook runs through the hamlet. It takes its rise in the Peak and joins the Ashop at Gillop Hey, not far from the lofty Alpert rocks, which rise to a height of nearly a thousand feet. The calcareous deposit from streams which run through a limestone district, called Tufa, is obtained here, and is employed in the construction of ornamental rockwork."

"GRATTON, a hamlet in the parish of Youlgreave, hundred of High Peak, county Derby, 2 miles N.W. of Winster, and 5 S.W. of Bakewell.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Youlgreave is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops in the village every fourth Friday in the late afternoon.

You may want to use the Library in Bakewell, which has a Local Studies Section and is open six days per week.



  • ARDLEY, Bridget & BARTLETT, Mary - The Spirit of Youlgreave. Landmark, 2003. ISBN 1-84306-083-3.
  • WILSON, Norman - Youlgreave Remembers. Published privately, 2005. No ISBN. Added 31 Jul 2005.


Bill BOADEN has a photograph of the Public Footpath thru the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.

You may want to visit the tomb of Thomas and Sarah BATEMAN. Thomas was a noted archaeologist in the middle of the nineteenth century. Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Bateman Tomb in Middleton on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.



  • The parish was in the Bakewell sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The Gratton portion of the parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2149
1861 R.G. 9 / 2540 and 2541
1891 R.G. 12 / 2775

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1869-70.
  • The church seats 500.
  • Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The churchwarden accounts exist from 1604.
  • Michael SPENCER has extracted a partial list of Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of All Saints Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bakewell.
  • The Congregationalist chapel was built here in 1853.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1891.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here before 1891.
  • And the Reformed Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1857.
  • Michael DIBB has a photograph of the Methodist Reform chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.
  • The Anglican church records are held at the Derbyshire Record Office, Ernest Bailey Building, New Street, Matlock. These records also appear to be available on microfilm at the Family History Library. These include:
  1. Baptisms 1558-1980
  2. Marriages 1558-1718, 1721-1988
  3. Banns 1754-1797
  4. Burials 1558-1956

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"YOULGRAVE is a village in the parish of its name, which is partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, and partly in that of High Peak; about 3 miles S. by W. from Bakewell. It contains the parish church, a good building, dedicated to All-Saints, and a place of worship each for the Wesleyan and primitive methodists. The living of Youlgrave is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire: the present incumbent is the Rev. Benjamin Pidcock. The parish contained, at the last census, 3,081 inhabitants, and the township 951 of that number."

Youlgrave lies 157 miles north of the City of London.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Sign as you enter Youlgrave on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.

You can see pictures of Youlgreave which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



Michael DIBB has a photograph of the Farmyard Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK212644 (Lat/Lon: 53.176288, -1.684274), Youlgreave which are provided by:


Military History

There is a First World War Memorial inside All Saints Church, mounted on the wall.

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

And Basher has another photograph of a Memorial Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.


Military Records

The Commonwealth War Graves (data from the CWGC site) are for:

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Gilbert BIRDS corporal 1/6 Sherwood Foresters 29 Jan. 1921 Age 27, the son of Henry and Mary BIRDS
H. BRASSINGTON private 3rd. Btln., South Staffs. Regt. 1 Jan. 1917 Age 26, son of the late Benjamin and Ann BRASSINGTON
John BRIDDON private Pioneer Corps 10 Aug. 1943 Age 29, son of James and Edith Mary BRIDDON, of Darley Dale.
Phillip Melancthon ROWLAND leading aircraftman RAF Volunteer Rsrv. 12 May 1941 Age 23, husband of Mildred ROWLAND
Milton THOMPSON pioneer 316 Railway Construction Coy., Royal Engineers 19 Feb. 1919 Age 36, son of Mrs. Emma THOMPSON

Names, Geographical

  • Anciently, the name appears as "Giolgrave."
  • A village described by local historian and teacher Mr J. W. SHIMWELL as 'the most mis-spelt village', the Youlgrave Website tells it all!
  • The pronunciation of the place-name varies; in broad Derbyshire dialect it would be 'YolgrEEve'; the more polite version sounds closer to what one would expect from the spelling - 'Youl-grAve'.

Politics & Government

  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. Stop in when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.
  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • Middleton township was spun off as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Youlgrave Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Peak District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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.


A Church of England (mixed) school was erected here in 1861 for 300 children.