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Hopton, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Hopton, a township in Wirksworth parish, Derbyshire, 2 miles W by S of Wirksworth station on the M.R. Acreage, 1450; population, 99. Hopton Hall was the seat of Sir John Gell, who figured as a Parliamentarian leader in the wars of Charles I. Good building limestone is extensively quarried, and formed the material of Chatsworth House and Belvoir Castle. Lead ore also occurs. Roman relics, including an inscription and an urn, have been found. Almshouses with, £22 a year were founded in 1719 by Sir Philip Gell.

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, 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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hopton 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 Hopton 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