1835 Pigot and Co`s Commercial Directory for Derbyshire



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CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH is a market-town and parish, in the hundred of High Peak. 167 miles from London, 20 S. E. from Manchester, 21 N. W. from Sheffield, 23 W. by N. from Chesterfield, and 6 N. from Buxton. Its name signifies the `Chapel-in-the-Forest`, from the Saxon word frith, a forest or wood - the church or chapel, which originated the town, having been built within the forest of the High Peak. The town is neat and pleasantly situate on the declivity of a hill, rising from an extensive and fertile vale, surrounded by an ampitheatre of lofty eminences that bound this extremity of the county. Many of the views around here are bold, picturesque, and well wooded; the uplands furnish good pasturage, and border on the moors, which abound with game. The manufacture of cotton is the principal branch here; at White Hall mill is a considerable manufactory for paper, belonging to Mr. John Ibbotson; nails are made in the town, and there is a good brewery. Here is an establishment for warehousing goods, this place being a medium of communication between the populous manufacturing towns of Manchester and Sheffield; and many of the humbler classes are employed in weaving for the Manchester houses. Lead and coal mines, and quarries are worked in the neighbourhood; and a railway passes near here, from the lime-stone quarries to the Peak forest canal, which it joins at Bugsworth. A fine reservoir in the parish supplies the canal; it is a beautiful sheet of water, much frequented by anglers. The municipal law of the town is administered by the magistrates , who hold petty sessions once in a fortnight; and a court baron for the hundred and liberty of the High Peak is held every third week, for the recovery of debts under £5., at which the Steward of the Duke of Devonshire presides. This is one of the stations appointed by the new Boundary Act for receiving votes at the election of knights of the shire, to represent the northern division of the county.

The places of worship are the parish church, and a chapel for the Weslyan Methodists; the former, which is dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, is a neat edifice, with a square tower: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the resident freeholders, twent-seven of whom form a committee, and elect the minister by a majority of votes: the present incumbent is the Reverend Samuel Grundy. At Barmour-Clough, about two miles to the east of the town, is an ebbing and flowing well, visited by many as a great curiosity; and on a hill two miles to the south, are the vestiges of a Roman encampment. Bank Hall, the seat of John Firth, Esq. situate a short distance from the town, forms a pleasing object on the turnpike road. The market, which is entitled to be held on Thursday, is of very little importance; and the fairs, principally for cattle, are by no means extensive - they take place on 7th February, 24th and 29th March, 19th and 30th April, 31st May, 7th July, 19th August, 3rd October and 9th November. The parish is divided into the three townships of Bowden Edge, Bradshaw Edge and Coomb`s Edge, which collectively, contained, by the returns for 1821, 3,234 inhabitants, and by those for 1831, 3,220.

WHALEY, or Whaley Bridge, is a joint township with Yeardisley(sic), in the parish of Taxall (sic), hundred of Macclesfield, and county of Chester, 3 miles from Chapel-en-le Frith, and rather more than 9 S.E. from Stockport, situate on the main road from Manchester to London, through Buxton. The Peak Forest canal passes through the parish. The parish of Taxall contained, by the last census, 587 inhabitants, and the township 403 of that number.

POST OFFICE, Market Place, CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH, John Pickford, Post Master.-Letters arrive from WHALEY BRIDGE (by horse-post) every evening at half past five, and are despatched to mee the Mail every morning at half-past five.



Firth Jn.esq. Bank Hall

Jeffreys Joseph,Chapel-en-le-Frith

Gisborne Thos.esq. MP Horridge House

Pott Thos.jun, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Goodman Thos.esq. Eccles House

Smith Jonathan, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Grundy Rev. Samuel, Chapel


Kirk Mrs. -, Eaves

Lowe Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Parker Rev. John, Taxall

Shepley George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Slack John, esq. Taxall Lodge

Shepley John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Thornhill Wm.esq. Ollerenshaw



Ibbotson John, White Hall mill

Bardsley Robert, Greg`s House


Needham Miss (ladies boarding) Chapel-en-le-Frith

Hall John, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Nall Joshua, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett Wm. Chapel-en-le-Frith


Webster Erasmus, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bacon Richard, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Wright John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Goddard John, Horridge End


Simpson Jos. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Barratt John, Cockyard


Doughty Michl. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett John, Stoddard Lodge

Green Samuel, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Booth Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Holdgate, Thomas, Tunstead Milton

Green William, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Kitchen Humphrey, Chapel

Smith Charles, Chapel-en-le-Frith



Ford Thomas, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Mellor Francis, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bramwell Peter & Joseph (& drapers) Chapel-en-le-Frith

Pollard John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Cammeron Jno. Chapel-en-le-Frith


Gaskell John, Horridge End

Marshall Robert, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Hadfield Joseph, Wash


Hobson George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ford Robert, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Warren James, Horridge End

Hyde Solomon, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Watts John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Black Greyhound, Joseph Simpson, Chapel


Board, John Bennett, Horridge

Fearnes John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Board, Thos. Holdgate, Tunstead Milton

Hallam George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bull`s Head, Ths. Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Burfield Inn, Isaac Cresswell, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ashton J.R. New Hyde Mill

Cock Inn, Richard Robinson, Whaley Bridge

Dickens Elisha, Bugsworth

Hat & Feathers, Samuel Ibberson, Chapel


Nelson, James Walton, Tunstead Milton

Bacon Richard, Chapel-en-le-Frith

New Inn, John Bennett, Horridge

Bagshaw Robt. Chapel-en-le-Frith

New Inn, Geo. Staley, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bargh Thomas (and druggist) Chapel

Old Pack Horse, Anthony Shallcross, Chapel

Bramwell George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Pack Horse, Daniel Vernon, Chapel

Brightmore Jno. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Roebuck, Wm. Lomas, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Cheetham Charles, Horridge End

Shoulder of Mutton, Sarah Walker, Chapel

Dunn George, Horridge End

Spread Eagle, Henry Lomas, Chapel

Higginbottom Peter, Horridge End

Spread Eagle, James Shirt, Chapel Milton

Howson John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Swan, Thos. Hulme, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Kelsall Betty, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Talbot, Martha Carrington, Chapel

Kirk Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Thorn, Wm. Walton, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Mortin Wm. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Three Tuns, Thomas Watts, Sparrow Pit

Nall Joshua, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Volunteer, James Johnson, Chapel

Righton Job, Chapel-en-le-Frith

White Hart, John Taylor, Whaley Bridge

Shepley Betty, Chapel-en-le-Frith

White Horse, John Wyld, Horridge End

Shepley George (and druggist) Chapel


Shepley John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Beard James, Wash

Shirt James, Sparrow Pit

Beard Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Washington George (& timber dealer) Chapel-e-l-F

Newton John, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Williamson John, Tunstead Milton

King`s Arms, Wm. Holme, Chapel


Royal Oak (and posting) Elizabeth Timms, Chapel

Barratt Samuel, currier and leather cutter, Chapel-en-le-Frith


Barratt Wm. retailer of beer, Chapel-e-l-F

Chambers John Bates, Chapel

Britland John, agent to the Peak Forest Canal Co. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Pott Thomas(&slater&plasterer),Chapel

Chappel, George, wool comber, Chapel


Colby Joseph, seedsman &c Horridge End

Armfield Benjanin, Whaley Bridge

Crossland Wm. retailer of beer, Chapel

Gregory Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Garton Jn. & Wm. bleachers Horridge End

Hibbert George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Gisborne Thomas esq. M.P. coal & lime merchant, Horridge House

Lowe Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Gregory Henry, miller, Chapel Milton

Lowe Peter (& timber dealer) Chapel

Hall John, hat manufacturer, Chapel-e-l-F

Mellor Thomas, Whaley Bridge

Higginbottom John, white paint manufact. Horridge End

Mills John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Kirk Henry, iron manufacturer, Chapel


Lomas Nicholas, retailer of beer, Chapel

Ferguson Robt. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Mellor John, retailer of beer, Chapel-e-l-F

Taylor Josiah (& printer & bookbinder) Chapel

Morton William, retailer of beer, Chapel


Ogden Adam, earthenware dealer, Chapel

Bennett Sarah, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Thomasson William, tanner, Cadstall

Hill Kitty, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Wilcock Joshua, rope maker, Chapel

Lees Mary B. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Pott Mary, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Redfern Sarah, Chapel-en-le-Frith

COACHES All call at the ROYAL OAK, Chapel-en-le-Frith To MANCHESTER, the Champion (from Nottingham) every afternoon at a quarter before two, and the Wellington (from Sheffield) every afternoon at a quarter before one; both go through Disley and Stockport. To NOTTINGHAM, the Champion (from Manchester) every forenoon at a quarter before twelve; goes through Stoney Middleton, Chesterfield and Mansfield. To SHEFFIELD, the Wellington (from Manchester) every afternoon at half past two; goes through Castleton, Hope and Hathersage.

CARRIERS To BUXTON, Isaac Cresswell, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. To STOCKPORT, James Cooper, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To STONEY MIDDLETON, James Cooper, every Tues. Thurs. and Sat.

CONVEYANCE BY WATER To and from all parts of the Kingdom; Pickford and Co. (see advertisement)-James Hibberson, Ann Johnson and German and Wheatcroft and Sons, daily