Place:Beauchief, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesBeauchief-Abbeysource: from redirect
Beauchief Abbeysource: from redirect
TypeChapelry, Civil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.333°N 1.501°W
Located inDerbyshire, England     ( - 1934)
Also located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     (1934 - 1974)
Yorkshire, England     (1934 - )
South Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoScarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Norton Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1934
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandcounty borough in which it was situated 1934-1974
Sheffield (metropolitan borough), South Yorkshire, Englandmetropolitan borugh covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Beauchief or (sometimes) Beauchief Abbey was originally a township in the Scarsdale Hundred of the Derbyshire.

Beauchief was made a civil parish in 1858 and in 1894 it became part of the Norton Rural District. In 1934 county borders were redrawn and it was absorbed into the County Borough of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Since 1974 it has been in South Yorkshire, specifically within the Sheffield Metropolitan Borough.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Beauchief Abbey from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BEAUCHIEF-ABBEY, an extra-parochial liberty and a chapelry in the district of Ecclesall-Bierlow, and county of Derby. The liberty lies on the verge of the county, 3 miles NNW of Dronfield, and 4 SSW of Sheffield [railway] station: and its post town is Dronfield, under Sheffield. Acres: 780. Real property: £1,038. Population: 122. Houses: 24. A Premonstratensian Abbey was founded here, in 1183, by Robert Fitz-Ranulph, one of the murderers of Thomas á Becket. The chapelry is conterminate with the liberty; and is a donative in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: not reported. Patron: E. P. Burnell, Esq. The church is a small building, erected about 1660; and has a tower which belonged to the Abbey."

Beauchief Abbey is a medieval monastic house now serving as a parish church in the southern suburbs of Sheffield, England. Beauchief is pronounced bee-chiff. (Source: Wikipedia on Beauchief Abbey)

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Beauchief Abbey.

Research Tips

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  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) do not cover the West Riding of Yorkshire
  • GENUKI has a page on all three ridings of Yorkshire and pages for each of the ecclesiastical parishes in the county. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. The list is based on a gazetteer dated 1835 and there may have been a number of alterations to the parish setup since then. However, it is worthwhile information for the pre civil registration era. 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 the submitter is very firm about his copyright. This should not stop anyone from reading the material.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date 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, Yorkshire West Riding, 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.
  • Map of the West Riding divisions in 1888 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1917 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time. In other counties, the map for 1900 has been used, but it is not coming up in Vision of Britain's list.
  • Map of West Riding divisions in 1944 produced by UK Ordnance Survey and provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time
  • The above three 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.
  • Yorkshire has a large number of family history and genealogical societies. A list of the societies will be found on the Yorkshire, England page.

Finding maps of the Sheffield area has been difficult. The town of Sheffield covered a very large area very early. Whereas in other places settlements became individual parishes, around Sheffield the settlements were all merged into a single urban area. A website produced by the Rootsweb part of Ancestry has a couple of maps that may help.

  • A map of the Sheffield area circa 1990 without boundaries, but indicating many of the smaller places surrounding Sheffield itself.
  • Another indicating parish boundaries as far north as Ecclesfield and as far west as Upper Hallam may also be helpful.

Wikipedia has produced a "book" which is a compilation of all its articles about Sheffield.

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