Place:Hopton and Griffe Grange, Derbyshire, England

NameHopton and Griffe Grange
Alt namesOpetunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 69
Hoptonsource: township in parish
Griffe Grangesource: extraparochial tract absorbed into parish
Via Gelliasource: possible alternate name for Griffe Grange
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.067°N 1.617°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoWirksworth, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ashbourne Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Hopton and Griffe Grange was formed as a township in 1858 from the township of Hopton and an extraparochial tract named Griffe Grange, both in the ancient parish of Wirksworth in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire.

The combined township was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Ashbourne Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the Derbyshire Dales District. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Hopton is a hamlet in the English county of Derbyshire.

It is south west of Wirksworth and at the northern end of Carsington Water.

The village had a long association with the Gell family who had extensive lead mining interests in the Wirksworth area and lived at Hopton Hall. Notable members include Sir John Gell who was a Parliamentarian in the English Civil War and Sir William Gell who was an archaeologist.

The famous Hopton Incline of the Cromford and High Peak Railway, (now disused and part of the High Peak Trail and Pennine Bridleway), is about 1 mile north of the village.

Griffe Grange

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

"GRIFF GRANGE, an extra-parochial tract in Ashborne district, Derby; 2½ miles W of Wirksworth. Acres: 672. Population: 18."

This article in Wikipedia about the Via Gellia appears in response to a search for Griffe Grange. No explanation or redirection note is given, but a map puts the two differently named places in the same location.

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.