Place:Ashover, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesEssorresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 68
Alton by Ashoversource: settlement in parish
Ashover Haysource: settlement in parish
Fallgatesource: settlement in parish
Farhillsource: settlement in parish
Handleysource: settlement in parish
Kelstedgesource: settlement in parish
Littlemoorsource: settlement in parish
Milltownsource: settlement in parish
Slacksource: settlement in parish
Spitewintersource: settlement in parish
Stone Edgesource: settlement in parish
Uppertownsource: settlement in parish
Woolley Moorsource: settlement in parish
TypeTownship, Parish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.167°N 1.483°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoWirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located until 1866
Scarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located after 1866
Chesterfield Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
North East Derbyshire 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

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ashover is a village and civil parish in the English county of Derbyshire, in the North East Derbyshire District of the county. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 UK census was 1,905. It sits in a picturesque valley, not far from the town of Matlock and the Peak District national park.The centre of the village is a conservation area. The River Amber flows through the village.

Although Ashover is a small settlement, the actual ward boundaries of the village extend for many miles, as did the boundaries of the civil parish before 1974. The nearby settlements of Alton, Ashover Hay, Fallgate, Farhill, Handley, Kelstedge, Littlemoor, Milltown, Slack, Spitewinter, Stone Edge, Uppertown and Woolley Moor are all within it boundaries.

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Ashover was originally an ancient parish and a township within the parish in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England. As an ancient parish it had supervision of the township of Dethick and Lea (now Dethick Lea and Holloway).

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and was transferred to the Scarsdale Hundred. In 1894 it became part of the Chesterfield Rural Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan North East Derbyshire non-metropolitan district.

A brief history

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Ashover.

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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