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Beauchief Abbey, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Beauchief-Abbey, a parish in Derbyshire, with a station on the M.R. Post town, Abbeydale, under Sheffield. Acreage, 748; population, 99. A Premonstratensian abbey was founded here in 1172 by Robert Fitz-Ranulph, one of the murderers of Thomas à Becket. The living is a donative in the gift of Col. E. S. Pegge-Burnell, and is in the diocese of Southwell. The church is a small building, erected about 1660, and has a tower which belonged to the abbey.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Civil parishNorton 
Poor Law unionEcclesall-Bierlow 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Beauchief 1696-1837, Derbyshire, is available to browse online.

The register of St. Thomas's chapel dates from the year 1812 for baptisms and from 1814 for burials., 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.


Church of England

St. Thomas

The chapel of St. Thomas, erected in 1660 out of part of the ruins of the abbey, is a small building, with a western tower in the Norman style.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Beauchief Abbey from the following:

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: