Pigot & Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835

“Ashover and neighbourhood”

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1996

ASHOVER is a village, in the parish of its name, partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, but chiefly in Scarsdale hundred; 4 miles N.N.E. from Matlock, about 7 miles S. from Chesterfield, and about the like distance N.W. from Alfreton; pleasantly situate near the rivers Amber and Milntown: it is a place of considerable antiquity having had a church at the time of the conquest, and was formerly a market-town. Coal, iron-stone, mill-stone and lead are found in the parish, and the Gregory lead mine is said to have been, at one time, the richest in the kingdom, but of late years its produce has much decreased.

On the side of a hill on Ashover common, is a rocking-stone, called by the country-people 'Robin Hood's Mark'; it measures 26 feet in circumference, and from its extraordinary position appears to have been a work of art, and placed with great ingenuity.

The church, which is dedicated to All-Saints, is a large edifice of ancient appearance, supposed to have been erected in the early part of the fifteenth century: it has a very handsome spire. The church contains several monuments to the Babington family, and a Norman font of curious design. The living is a rectory, of which the Rev. Lawrence Short is the present incumbent. The primitive and Wesleyan methodists have each a place of worship here, and there is a free-school in which about twenty poor children are instructed, by means arising, from a bequest of land, made by the Rev. Francis Gisborne, in 1819. The parish of Ashover (which includes the hamlets of Dethwick-Lea and Holloway) contained, in 1821, 2,998 inhabitants, and in 1831, 3,179.

POST:- Letters from CHESTERFIELD arrive every Monday aftern. & are despatched every Monday morn.

Mills William, esq. Stubbin edge
Nodder Rev. Joseph, Marsh green
Rawlins Rev. R. Ashover

Black Swan, George Allen
Crispin's Arms, Dorothea Wall
Greyhound, Marina Towndrow
Nag's Head, Saml. Veans, Kelstage
Nelson, John Hole
Red Lion, Joseph Marsden
White Horse, Wm. Ash, Kelstage
White Lion, John Ellis

Allen George, lime burner
Allen George, schoolmaster
Askew Michael, butcher
Bennett Geo. nail maker
Beresford James, boot, &c. maker, Kelstage
Birks Abraham, lime burner
Bower Richd. jun, boot, &c. maker
Bunting John, tailor
Bunting John, jun. tailor
Cawood George, Cotton spinner & bleacher, Kelstage
Gaunt Robert, boot, &c. maker
Goodlad Charles, Corn miller
Heaton Mary, saddler
Henstock Joseph, maltster
Henstock William, boot, &c. maker
Hoskinson Edmund, butcher
Mellor John, wheelwright
Mellor Samuel, wheelwright
Mills Wm. & Chas. lead merchants
Robinson James, plumber, &c.
Slack Samuel, butcher
Smith John, gardener & seedsman
Smith Matth. wheelwright, Kelstage
Stevenson Elizth. corn miller
Thompson Jos. engineer, Ashover hill
Towndrow John, maltster
Turner Job, nail maker
Twig John & Joseph, lime burners, maltsters & rope & twine makers
Veans Saml. blacksmith, Kelstage
Wheatcroft James, tailor
Wheatcroft Titus, gunsmith
Wheatcroft William, gunsmith
White Henry, blacksmith
White John, blacksmith
Willis Thomas, tailor

To CHESTERFIELD, George Gregory, every Saturday.

Description(s) from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835.
Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in May 1996.

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