Place:Bonsall, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesBonteshallsource: Family History Library Catalog
Bunteshalesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 68
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates53.117°N 1.583°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoWirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located until 1866
Matlock, Derbyshire, Englandurban district in which it was situated 1934-1974
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
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Bonsall is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales District on the edge of the Peak District. The civil parish population was 775 at the 2001 UK census, increasing to 803 at the 2011 UK census. (There may have been a boundary change between the two censuses.)

Bonsall is about 5 miles (8 km) from Matlock and about 18 miles (29 km) from Derby. Bonsall has a long history of lead mining, along with its neighbouring town of Wirksworth.

Bonsall inhabitants have been involved in the textile industry, before and after Richard Arkwright (1732-1792). Around 1850 Bonsall was a farming village surrounded by lead mines and busy outworker frame-knitting workshops. A few 18th- and 19th-century frame-knitting workshop buildings survive. Many people also worked in the cotton spinning mills at Cromford and the Via Gellia (see Hopton and Griffe Grange). In early modern times Bonsall was on an important salters' (distributors of salt) route, and was a staging post on the road between Derby and Manchester.

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Bonsall was originally an ancient parish in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England. It was an ancient parish without any subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became an urban district which was merged into Matlock Urban District in 1934. 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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