Place:Lea Hall, Derbyshire, England

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NameLea Hall
Alt namesLea-Hallsource: spelling variation
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates53.1126°N 1.5071°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoBradbourne, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ashbourne Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Lea Hall from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Lea Hall, township, Bradbourne par., Derbyshire, 4 miles NE. of Wirksworth, 455 acres, population 18."

Lea Hall was originally a hamlet in the ancient parish of Bradbourne in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England.

Lea Hall was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Ashbourne Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Derbyshire Dales District. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

There are no articles for Lea Hall in Wikipedia and A Vision of Britain through Time does not state that it was absorbed into any other civil parish since 1894. The co-ordinates for Lea Hall were found on Google Earth and appeared to be too far from Bradbourne for Lea Hall to be part of the parish. However, they match with Bartholomew's description of 4 miles northeast of Wirksworth.

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.