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Biggin, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Biggin, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Derbyshire. The township is in Hartington Nether Quarter parish, and lies near the Cromford and High Park railway, 7½ miles SW of Bakewell. Post town, Ashbourne, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 643; population of township, 112; of the ecclesiastical parish, 325. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £164 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church is modern. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishWirksworth 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1848., 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 (parish church)

The church of St. Thomas is a modern edifice in an Early Gothic style, built by subscription in 1848, on a site given by the Duke of Devonshire, and consists of chancel, nave of five bays, south porch and an embattled tower at the west end containing one bell and a clock with two dials, presented in 1899 by Mrs. Wraith, of Darwen, to the memory of her father, the late William Dain esq. of Biggin, and his eldest brother Henry: various gifts have also been made by Mr. John West and his family, and by others.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Biggin from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Biggin are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictDerbyshire Dales
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE6
Post TownAshbourne