Place:Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesAshbornesource: Family History Library Catalog
Esseburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 68
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates53.017°N 1.717°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoAppletree Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: All nineteenth century references use the spelling Ashborne.

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Ashbourne is a market town in the Derbyshire Dales District in Derbyshire, England. It has a population of 7,112. It contains many historical buildings and many independent shops, and is famous for its historic annual Shrovetide football match.

Due to its proximity to the southern edge of the Peak District and being the closest town to the popular area of Dovedale, the town is known as both 'The Gateway to Dovedale' and the 'Gateway to the Peak District'. The Henmore Brook, a tributary of the River Dove, flows through the middle of the town.

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Ashbourne was originally an ancient parish in the Appletree Hundred and the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England. As an ancient parish it had supervision of a number of chapelries and townships surrounding it: Clifton and Compton, Eaton and Alsop, Hognaston, Hulland, Hulland Ward and Hulland Ward Intakes, Kniveton, Newton Grange, Offcote and Underwood, Parwich, Sturston and Yeldersley. The chapelries and townships were located in either Appletree and Wirksworth Hundreds and Clifton and Compton was in Morleston and Litchurch Hundred.

Ashbourne was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became an urban district. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Derbyshire Dales non-metropolitan district.

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.
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