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Newmills, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Newmills, a large village and a parish, formed out of Glossop parish, Derbyshire. The village stands on the river Goyt. at the boundary with Cheshire, three-quarters of a mile N of the Sheffield and Midland Joint line and 7½ miles ESE of Stockport. It was originally called Bowden Middle Cale; took the name of Newmills from the erection of a new corn mill on its site; is a large place; and lias a post, money order, and telegraph office under Stockport, with a station on the L & N.W.R., and a joint station of the M.R. and M.S. & L.R. It has a town-hall erected in 1875, a savings bank, and fairs are held in May and Oct. The parish contains the townships of Beard, Thomsett, Whitle, and Ollersett, and by a Local Government Order of 4 March, 1885, the name was altered to Newmills. Acreage, 5042 of land and 36 of water; population, 5498. There are many calico-printing works, and cotton-spinning, cotton-band manufactories, and iron and brass foundries. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, The Vicar of Glossop. The church is a handsome edifice in The Pointed style, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and spire. A handsome chapel of ease to the parish church and six almshouses were built in 1880. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, United Free Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels. The Roman Catholic chapel is a very fine structure in the Early English style, and has a tower and spire. The workhouse for the Hayfield union is in this township.

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 parishGlossop 
HundredHigh Peak 
Poor Law unionHayfield 

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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

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Land and Property

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