Pigot & Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835

“Chapel-en-le-Frith, with Whaley Bridge (Cheshire) and neighbourhoods”

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1996

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 amphitheatre 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; 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 Wesleyan 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, twenty-seven of whom form a committee, and elect the minister by a major majority of votes: the present incumbent is the Rev. Samuel Grundy. At Barmoor-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, 3d October, and 9th November.

The parish is divided into the three townships of Bowden's 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, in the parish of Taxall, 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 morning at half-past five, and are despatched to meet the Mail every morning at half-past five.

Firth Jno. esq. Bank hall [Ed: sic - Pigot 1821 and Glover 1829 suggest the family name was FRITH]
Gisborne Thos. esq. M. P. Horridge house
Goodman Thos. esq. Eccles house
Grundy Rev. Samuel, Chapel
Kirk Mrs. -, Eaves
Parker Rev. John, Taxall
Slack John, esq. Taxall lodge
Thornhill Wm. esq. Ollerenshaw

Bardsley Robert, Greg's house
Needham Miss (ladies' boarding), Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett Wm. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Webster Erasmus, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Wright John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Barratt John, Cock yard
Doughty Michl. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Green Samuel, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Holdgate Thomas, Tunstead Milton
Kitchen Humphrey, Chapel

Ford Thomas, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Mellor Francis, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Pollard John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Marshall Robert, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ford Robert, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Hyde Solomon, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Watts John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Fearnes John, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Hallam George, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ashton J. R. New Hyde mill
Dickens Elisha, Bugsworth

Bacon Richard, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Bagshaw Robt. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Bargh Thomas (and druggist), Chapel-en-le-Frith
Bramwell George, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Brightmore Jno. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Cheetham Charles, Horridge end
Dunn George, Horridge end
Higginbottom Peter, Horridge end
Howson John, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Kelsall Betty, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Kirk Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Mortin Wm. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Nall Joshua, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Highton Job, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shepley Betty, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shepley George (and druggist), Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shepley John, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shirt James, Sparrow pit
Washington George (and timber dealer) Chapel-en-le-Frith

King's Arms, Wm. Holme, Chapel-el-le-Frith
Royal Oak (and posting), Elizabeth Timms, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Chambers John Bates, Chapel
Pott Thomas (& slater & plasterer), Chapel-en-le-Frith

Armfield Benjamin, Whaley Bridge
Gregory Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Hibbert George, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Lowe Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Lowe Peter (and timber dealer), Chapel-en-le-Frith
Mellor Thomas, Whaley Bridge
Mills John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ferguson Robt. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Taylor Josiah (and printer and bookbinder) Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett Sarah, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Hill Kitty, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Lees Mary B. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Pott Mary, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Redfern Sarah, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Jeffreys Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Pott Thos jun. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Smith Jonathan, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Lowe Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shepley George, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shepley John, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Ibbotson John, White Hall mill

Hall John, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Nall Joshua, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bacon Richard, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Goddard John, Horridge end
Simpson Jos. Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett John, Stoddard lodge
Booth Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Green William, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Smith Charles, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Bennett Peter, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Bramwell Peter and Joseph (and drapers), Chapel-en-le-Frith
Cammeron Jno. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Gaskell John, Horridge end
Hadfield Joseph, Wash
Hobson George, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Warren James, Horridge end

Black Greyhound, Joseph Simpson, Chapel
Board, John Bennett, Horridge
Board, Thos. Holdgate, Tunstead Milton
Bulls Head, Ths Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Burfield Inn, Isaac Creswell, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Cock Inn, Richard Robinson, Whaley Bridge
Hat & Feathers, Samuel Ibberson, Chapel
Nelson, James Walton, Tunstead Milton
New Inn, John Bennett, Horridge
New Inn, Geo. Staley, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Old Pack Horse, Anthony Shallcross, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Pack Horse, Daniel Vernon, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Roebuck, Wm. Lomas, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Shoulder of Mutton, Sarah Walker, Chapel
Spread Eagle, Henry Lomas, Chapel
Spread Eagle, James Shirt, Chapel Milton
Swan, Thos. Hulme, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Talbot, Martha Carrington, Chapel
Thorn, Wm. Walton, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Three Tuns, Thomas Watts, Sparrow pit
Volunteer, James Johnson, Chapel
White Hart, John Taylor, Whaley Bridge
White Horse, John Wyld, Horridge end

Beard James, Wash
Beard Joseph, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Newton John, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Williamson John, Tunstead Milton

Barratt Samuel, currier and leather cutter, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Barratt Wm. retailer of beer, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Britland John, agent to the Peak Forest Canal Company,
Chappel George, wool comber, Chapel
Colby Joseph, seedsman, &c. Horridge end
Crossland Wm. retailer of beer, Chapel
Garton Jn. & Wm. bleachers, Horridge end
Gisborne Thomas, esq. M. P. coal and lime merchant, Horridge house
Gregory Henry, miller, Chapel Milton
Hall John, hat manufacturer, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Higginbottom John, white paint manufacturer, Horridge end
Kirk Henry, iron manufacturer, Chapel
Lomas Nicholas, retailer of beer, Chapel
Mellor John, retailer of beer, Chapel
Morton William, retailer of beer, Chapel
Ogden Adam, earthenware dealer, Chapel
Thomasson William, tanner, Cadstall
Wilcock John, rope maker, Chapel

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
To NOTTINGHAM, the Champion (from Manchester) every forenoon at a
quarter before twelve; goes through Stoney Middleton, Chesterfield
& Mansfield.
To SHEFFIELD, the Wellington (from Manchester) every afternoon at
half-past two; goes through Castleton, Hope and Hathersage.

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.

To and from all parts of the Kingdom, Pickford and Co. (see
advertisement):- James Ibberson, Ann Johnson, and German Wheatcroft
and Sons, daily.

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

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