In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tideswell like this:
TIDESWELL, a small town, a township, and a sub-district, in Bakewell district, and a parish partly also in Chapel-en-le-Frith district, Derby. The town stands in a valley almost surrounded with bleak hills, 2½ miles N of Millers-Dale r. station, and 6¾ E by N of Buxton; is said to have got its name from a well which was intermittent, but which has long ceased to be so; dates from very early times; is a polling place; and has a post-office‡ under Sheffield, a hotel, a decorated English church with pinnacled tower, three dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, an endowed grammar-school with £227 a year, charities £32, a weekly market on Wednesday, and five annual fairs. ...
-The township includes the town, and extends into the country. Real property, £4,750. Pop., 2,057. Houses, 423.The parish contains also Litton and Wheston hamlets, and Wormhill township; and comprises 10,950 acres. Pop., 3,512. Houses, 697. T. manor belongs to the Duke of Devonshire; Litton manor, to Lord Scarsdale; Wormhill manor, to T. W. Bagshawe, Esq. Much of the surface exhibits romantic scenery. Lead mines are in Litton; and cotton-mills are in Litton and at Cressbrook. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £230.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of L. The p. curacy of Wormhill is a separate benefice. A Methodist chapel is in Litton.The sub-district contains 10 townships, 2 lordships, 8 hamlets, and a chapelry. Pop., 9,016. Houses, 1,864.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Tideswell has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Derbyshire Dales. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Tideswell and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tideswell in Derbyshire Dales | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 01st August 2014
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