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Ashford is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Derbyshire, created in 1731 from chapelry in Bakewell Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Brushfield.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Alternative names: Ashford

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1687
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1669

Nonconformists include: Presbyterian and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ashford in the Water

  • Sheldon
  • Taddington
  • Tideswell
  • Chelmorton
  • Longstone
  • Bakewell
  • Monyash

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHFORD, a village, a township, and a chapelry in Bakewell parish, Derby. The village stands on the river Wye, adjacent to the Buxton railway, in a charming situation, surrounded by high hills near Monsal dale, 1 mile WNW of Hassop r. station, and 2 NW of Bakewell. It has a post office under Bakewell; and it carries on stocking-making, spinning., and a trade in marble. Mills for the cutting and polishing of marble were erected in its vicinity in 1748, and are the oldest establishments of their kind in England. Marbles of many tints, but chiefly black and grey, are found adjacent, about 40 feet beneath the surface, in nine beds from 3 to 9 inches thick; and are manufactured at the mills into a great variety of ornamental articles. Ashford Hall, in the neighbourhood, is the seat of the Cavendish family; and the manor belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. A spot near the church was the site of the mansion of Edward Plantagenet, of Woodstock, Earl of Kent, now traceable only by the moat. The township and the chapelry are co-extensive. Real property, £5,195. Pop., 829. Houses, 172. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £102. Patron, the Vicar of Bakewell. The church is ancient. There are chapels for Methodists and Unitarians, free schools for boys and girls, and charities £20.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ashford, 1½ miles Bakewell. P. 950

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

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County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Bakewell
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Bakewell
Poor Law Union: Bakewell
Hundred: High Peake
Province: Canterbury