Place:Tansley, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesTaneslegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 71
Teneslegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 71
Lumsdalesource: settlement in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.132°N 1.518°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoCrich, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish in which it was a township
Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located before 1866
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located after 1866
Bakewell Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1924
Matlock, Derbyshire, Englandurban district of which it was part 1924-1974
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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Tansley is a village on the southern edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, two miles east of Matlock.

Tansley grew during the Industrial Revolution, its main industry being the quarrying of millstone grit (for making mill-stones, now adopted as the symbol of the Peak District National Park). A copious amount of water runs off Tansley moor above the village, eventually running into Bentley Brook, a tributary of the Derwent. Bentley Brook and three of its feeder streams have been dammed in the past to make artificial lakes which provided water to power mills. As well as five mills in the hamlet of Lumsdale, there were also three mills in Tansley village. "Lumsdale is the name given to the valley which extends from near Highfields School on Chesterfield Road (A632 from Matlock to Chesterfield) to the A615 Matlock to Alfreton Road, 1 mile from Matlock and is approximately 1 mile long." (Source: Tansley Village website section on the mills of Lumsdale)

Tansley was originally a township in the ancient parish of Crich in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred of Derbyshire, England.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and was then transferred to the Wirksworth Hundred. In 1894 it became part of the Bakewell Rural District. In 1924 it was transferred to the urban district of Matlock (which for the first ten years of its existence was titled The Matlocks Urban District). Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Derbyshire Dales 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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