Bonsall Derbyshire Family History Guide

Bonsall is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire. 

Alternative names: Bonteshall

Other places in the parish include: Slaley and Staley. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1634
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1661

Nonconformists include: General Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Middleton by Wirksworth
  • South Darley
  • Matlock Bath
  • Cromford
  • Winster

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BONSALL, or Bonteshall, a village and a parish in Ashborne district, Derby. The village stands near the river Derwent and the Cromford canal, 1¼ mile W of Matlock Bath r. station, and 2 SW of Matlock; and it has a post office under Matlock Bath, and an ancient market cross. The parish includes also the hamlet of Slaley. Acres, 2,464. Real property, £5,489. Pop. 1,290. Houses, 305. The scenery is picturesque; and the rocks include much limestone and some valuable ores. The inhabitants are employed chiefly in stocking-making, comb-making, and the mining of zinc and lead. Traces exist of the Roman road to Manchester. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £220. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is ancient has a tower and fine spire; and was beautifully restored in 1863. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, and Primitive Methodists. An endowed school, founded in 1704, has £99.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918


County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Ashbourne
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Ashover
Poor Law Union: Ashbourne
Hundred: Wirksworth
Province: Canterbury