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Birchover, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Birchover, a township and small village in the parish of Stanton-in-Peak, Derbyshire, 1 mile N of Winster, and 2¼ miles from Darley Dale station on the M.R. Post town, Winster. Area of township, 762 acres; population, 76. There is a cave near here containing a carved crucifix, formerly used as a hermitage, and a subterranean passage 90 feet long under Row Tor; and also a rocking stone of about 40 tons near the village.

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 parishYoulgrave 
HundredHigh Peak 
Poor Law unionBakewell 

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

Church Records, 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

Church of Jesus, Row Tor

The church of Jesus, at Row Tor, in this township, was built by Thomas Eyre esq. who died in 1717, leaving an endowment for a chaplain, who should conduct 20 services in this chapel every year: about 1869 a chancel was added, the cost being defrayed by the late William Pole Thornhill esq. and the chapel was restored in 1877 and 1898; it now consists of a chancel and nave, with a turret containing one bell; there are monuments to the Rev. John Gresley, minister of this chapel and rector of Aller, Somerset (1795) and to John Bradley gent. of Row Tor (1795); in 1898 a stained east window was erected, at a cost of over £60, and the chancel floor relaid with marble at a cost of £25: there are 100 sittings.


Methodist Chapel
Primitive Methodist Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Birchover 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 Birchover 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 districtDE4
Post TownMatlock