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Rowton, Rowtor, or Birchover, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Rowton, Rowtor, or Birchover, a village prettily situated on the S side of Stanton Moor, Derbyshire, with about 300 inhabitants. Post town, Matlock Bath; money order and telegraph office, Winster: railway station, Rowsley. The church was built about 1700 by Thomas Eyre as a private chapel to Rowtor Hall. The vicarage for the combined parishes of Stanton-in-Peak and Birchover is built on the site of the old Rowtor Hall. Birchover Church is annexed to the living of Stanton as a chapel of ease, and has an endowment of £20. A chancel was added in 1869, and a porch with other restorations in 1877. At the W end of the village are the famous Rowtor Rocks, where are two logan or rocking stones-one of immense size. Row-tor means the Rons or Rocking Tor. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels in the village.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

Ancestry.co.uk, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.


Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Newspapers and Periodicals

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