Thorpe, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Thorpe St Leonard is an Ancient Parish . Other places in the parish include: Hanson Grange.

THORPE (St. Leonard), a parish, in the hundred of Wirksworth, S. division of the county of Derby, 3¼ miles (N. W. by N.) from Ashbourn; containing 196 inhabitants. It includes the Derbyshire side of Dovedale, which abounds with striking scenery. Thorpe Cloud on the right, and a towering pile of massive rocks on the left, of the southern entrance of the vale, form ramparts of majestic elevation, between and beyond which the river winds with varied course, sometimes rushing with tumultuous effort along the bases of stupendous cliffs, and at others expanding into a smooth and placid surface, reflecting the luxuriant verdure of its woodcrowned banks. At intervals, rude rocky masses of grotesque form, which have been fancifully denominated My Lady's Chair, Dovedale Castle, the Church, the Twelve Apostles, the Lion's Head, the Sugar Loaves, and the Lover's Leap, rise in succession throughout this enchanting dale, in which the more simple and the more sublime beauties of nature, in all their variety, are strikingly combined. The river flows from north to south. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 1. 6.; net income, £129; patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is partly in the Norman style, and being situated on the brow of a hill, and surrounded with trees, forms a very pleasing object in the landscape. In Domesday Book the place is called Torp; at the time of that survey it was a royal possession, and it appears afterwards to have belonged to the Ferrers family.

From:  A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 341-342. URL: Date accessed: 28 March 2011.


Civil Registration

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Church records

Derbyshire Record Office reference D650 has deposited registers Bap 1598-1992 Mar 1538-1989 Burials 1538-1992 Banns 1767-1782, 1788-1810, 1825-1989

Lichfield Record Office has deposited Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1663-1886 Mar 1663-1834 Burials 1663-1886 Missing Bap/Bur 1836, 1838-1839, 1841-1846, 1849-1859

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Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Ashbourne Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Derbyshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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