Place:Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire, England

NameKirk Ireton
Alt namesKirk Iretonsource: from redirect
Hiretunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 69
Kirk-Iretonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.055°N 1.603°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoWirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located until 1866
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

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Kirk Ireton is a village and civil parish in Derbyshire, England. The population of the civil parish plus that of the neighbouring parish of Callow (which is less than 100) at the 2011 UK census was 518. Kirk Ireton is located 4 miles southwest of Wirksworth nestling on a hillside, near to Carsington Water 700 ft above sea level.

Kirk Ireton remains what it has always been, an agricultural village. Following the Second World War the number of working farms dropped from over thirty to half a dozen in the space of 40 years. The last cow was turned down Main Street in the late 1980s, but Fords, Matkins, Rowlands, Walkers and Wards still farm locally as they have done for many generations. Many of the former farm buildings have been adapted into houses. Much of the older part of the village dates back to the 17th century and is mostly built from sandstone, quarried locally.

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Kirk Ireton was originally an ancient parish in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire, England. As an ancient parish it had supervision of the township of Ireton Wood. (Ireton Wood was absorbed into Idridgehay and Alton in 1889 because it was not large enough to be viable on its own.)

It 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 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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