Place:Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

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NameAshbourne
Alt namesAshbornesource: Family History Library Catalog
Esseburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 68
TypeAncient 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
Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was part located
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974

NOTE: All nineteenth century references use the spelling Ashborne.


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Ashbourne is a market town in the Derbyshire Dales District of the county, with a population of 8,377 in the 2011 UK census, estimated at 9,160 in 2019. It contains many historical buildings and independent shops. Its position near the southern edge of the Peak District makes it the closest town to Dovedale, to which it is sometimes referred as the gateway.

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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:

Most of the chapelries and townships were located in either Appletree and Wirksworth Hundreds, but 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

  • Derbyshire Record Office website
  • 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.
  • Map of Derbyshire illustrating urban and rural districts in 1900 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. Parish boundaries and settlements within parishes are shown.
  • Map of Derbyshire urban and rural districts in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. Parish boundaries and settlements within parishes are shown. This is not a repeat of the first map. There were some changes in urban and rural district structure in the 1930s.
  • Ordnance Survey map of Derbyshire for 1967 This is the last in this series and was made while Derbyshire was experimenting with the non-metropolitan district structure adopted in 1974. It is a much cleaner map for reading the names of the civil parishes, but the smaller villages are no longer visible.
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