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Mayfield

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"Mayfield or Mathfield, a scattered village with several good houses, is in three divisions, called Church, Middle and Upper Mayfield, delightfully seated on the western side of Dovedale, two and a half miles SW of Ashbourn, and nine miles N by E of Uttoxeter. Its parish comprises about 4000 acres, and 1048 inhabitants, including the townships of Butterton, Mayfield and Woodhouses, and also part of Calton chapelry.
Mayfield township has 847 souls and 1815 acres of land. Hanging Bridge, an ancient stone structure of five arches, crosses the romantic vale of the Dove, about half a mile N of the church, near Daisy Bank and Wall Ash. Mayfield cottage is noted as the place where Thomas Moore, Esq, wrote 'The Woodpecker' and other poems. Mayfield Hall is the handsome modern mansion of Joseph Tunnicliffe, Esq, the lord of the manor, and near it is Hermitage, the seat of William Greaves, Esq, and Bird's Grove, the seat of Mrs Sarah Greaves. These, and John Bill, Esq, and HC Okeover, Esq, own the greater part of Mayfield. There is a cotton mill here, and another on the opposite side of the Dove.
Woodhouses is a small tithe free township of only about 55 souls, and 200 acres, with three farmhouses and a cottage, two miles NW of Ashbourn. HC Okeover, Esq, owns the whole.
Butterton village and township, was a chapelry to Mayfield and details can be found on the Butterton page.
[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

 

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Census

The population of Mayfield parish was as follows;
1801 -- 1018
1831 -- 1366
1841 -- 1048

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Churches

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Church History

"Mayfield Church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, is a handsome Gothic structure, with a strong and lofty tower, and was rebuilt by T Rolleston, in 1616, as appears from an inscription above the arched entrance at the west end. The vicarage is in the patronage of Mrs Sarah Greaves, and incumbency of the Rev TAL Greaves."

[From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

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Church Records

Church of England Registers
The register of the parish church of St John the Baptist commences in 1576. The original registers for the period 1576-1968 (Bapts), 1576-1952 (Mar) & 1576-1899 (Bur), and Banns for the period 1754-1890 (with gaps) are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office.
Bishops Transcripts, 1676-1868 (with gaps 1705-8 & 1713-18) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.

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Description & Travel

A transcription of the section on Mayfield from A Topographical History of Staffordshire by William Pitt (1817)

Conservation Area Appraisals for Church Mayfield  - interesting accounts of the areas, with excellent historical detail, numerous photographs and maps.

Conservation Area Appraisals for Middle Mayfield  - interesting accounts of the areas, with excellent historical detail, numerous photographs and maps

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Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for Mayfield from the Topographical Dictionary of England (1859)

The transcription of the section for Mayfield from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.

The transcription of the section for Mayfield from the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

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Historical Geography

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK155455 (Lat/Lon: 53.006592, -1.770458), Mayfield which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

Mayfield parish became part of Ashbourne Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.