In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Beauchief like this:
BEAUCHIEF-ABBEY, an extra-parochial liberty and a chapelry in the district of Ecclesall-Bierlow, and county of Derby. The liberty lies on the verge of the county, 3 miles NNW of Dronfield, and 4 SSW of Sheffield r. station: and its Post Town is Dronfield, under Sheffield. Acres, 780. Real property, £1,038. Pop., 122. Houses, 24. A Premonstratensian Abbey was founded here, in 1183, by Robert Fitz-Ranulph, one of the murderers of Thomas á Becket. The chapelry is conterminate with the liberty; and is a donative in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, not reported. Patron, E. P. Burnell, Esq. The church is a small building, erected about 1660; and has a tower which belonged to the Abbey.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beauchief, in Sheffield and Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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