In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Winster like this:
WINSTER, a township-chapelry, with a small decayed town, in Youlgreave parish, Derby; 2½ miles WSW of Darley r. station, and 4 W by N of Matlock. It has a post-office‡ under Matlock-Bath, and a fair on Easter Monday. Acres, 1,047. Real property, £3,570. Pop., 971. Houses, 225. The property is much subdivided. Some curious ancient British relics were found in barrows in 1768. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £103. Patrons, the Inhabitants. The church is good; and there are two Methodist chapels, an endowed school with £25 a year, and charities £8.
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 Winster 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 Winster and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Winster in Derbyshire Dales | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd October 2014
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