The Ancient Parish of Glossop

The background to these pages

19th century Glossop

Glossop in the late 19th century, looking from Simmondley towards Whitfield & Howard's Town

For some time after the millennium it had been in my mind to collate the entries in trade directories relating to the town of Glossop (where I was brought up) into a single database. When I eventually got round to making a start I realised that the changes in the area, over time, meant it was much more appropriate to include the whole of the Ancient Parish of Glossop, one of the most extensive in the north of England. That led to the creation of the searchable databases of entries in trade directories for the Parish in The 19th Century and The 20th Century which are linked to below. In subsequent years I decided that it was more appropriate to transcribe the relevant sections from directories I had obtained rather than simply analyse them. Together with the Bibliography of my collection of books &c and the Joseph Hague Charity Pages they formed the local history section of this web site.
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On separate pages are my Glossop Area Family Histories and Glossop Area Local Histories index.

The Ancient Parish of Glossop

The Book of Glossop by Hanmer & Winterbottom (Barracuda Books 1991, ISBN 0 86023 484 3) defines Glossop as the territory which "includes Hadfield, Padfield, Dinting, Gamesley, Simmondley, Whitfield, Chunal, Charlesworth, Chisworth, Ludworth and the village of Glossop. Glossop is 'the ten townships', though Gamesley was never a township in its own right, but a satellite of either Charlesworth or Glossop. 'Glossop' has meant more than one place: the small settlement, 'Glott's hop', established c 650; a manor granted first to Basingwerk Abbey c 1157 called 'the Manor of Glossop', and containing the ten townships; a parish based on Glossop Church, established at about the same time as the Manor but more than twice as big, containing the ten townships of the Manor, plus nine others outside it, and called 'the Parish of Glossop', and 'the Borough of Glossop', created in 1866 and containing less than half the territory of the Manor. Today the name means less than ever. The Manor has gone, sold off in small lots in 1925. The Parish is a tiny ecclesiastical unit, and gives its name outside itself only to a rural deanery. Glott's hop is in retirement as 'Old Glossop'. And, as a final blow to separate identification, the Borough of Glossop disappeared in 1974, submerged in a new hybrid authority called the Borough of High Peak.".

The breakdown of the parish is listed in the Index of Probate Documents of the Ancient Parish of Glossop by Lee, Clarke & McKenna (Derbyshire FHS, ISBN 0947 964 26 6). It lists the townships outside of the Manor as Mellor, Thornsett, Rowarth, Whittle, Beard, Ollersett, Hayfield, Little Hayfield, Phoside, Kinder, Bugsworth, Brownside and Chinley. The parish was based on All Saints church which still survives as the parish church of the township of Glossop. There were two chapelries: Mellor, comprising Chisworth, Ludworth, Mellor, Thornsett, Rowarth, Whittle and half of Beard; Hayfield, comprising the other half of Beard, Ollersett, Hayfield, Little Hayfield, Phoside, Kinder, Bugsworth, Brownside and Chinley. As the population increased, other parishes were formed as follows:

  • New Mills St George, 1831, comprising the townships of Thornsett, Rowarth, Whittle and half of Beard;
  • Mellor St Thomas, 1837, comprising the townships of Ludworth and Mellor;
  • Hayfield St Matthew, 1837, comprising the other half of Beard, Ollersett, Hayfield, Little Hayfield, Phoside and Kinder.
  • Whitfield St James, 1846, comprising the townships of Whitfield and Chunal;
  • Charlesworth St John, 1849, comprising the townships of Simmondley, Charlesworth, Gamesley and Chisworth;
  • Hadfield St Andrews, 1874, comprising the townships of Hadfield and Padfield;
  • Dinting Holy Trinity, 1875, comprising the township of Dinting;
  • Chinley & Bugsworth St James, 1915, comprising the townships of Bugsworth, Brownside and Chinley.

Many Parish Register entries, Monumental Inscriptions and probate documents will identify which township (or even, sometimes, which farm) people lived in. However, in other cases it is difficult to tell whether "of Glossop" meant the township or the parish.

Anyone interested in Glossop's history would be well advised to visit the town to look at the local collection at the Library.

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Transcripts of Glossopdale & Longdendale entries from Trade Directories.

The following are links to:

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Glossop Bibliography

I have already mentioned above The Book of Glossop by Hanmer & Winterbottom (Barracuda Books 1991, ISBN 0 86023 484 3) and The Index of Probate Documents of the Ancient Parish of Glossop by Lee, Clarke & McKenna (Derbyshire FHS, ISBN 0947 964 26 6). There are several other publications about the history of Glossop and the surrounding area. Some of the ones in my collection (in no particular order other than loose grouping) are:

  • Glossop - Dale, Manor and Borough; Scott, Smith & Winterbottom (Glossop & District Historical Society 1973, reprinted 1986)
  • The Archive Photographs Series - Longdendale & Glossopdale; Johnson (Chalford Publishing Company 1996, ISBN 0 7524 0659 0)
  • The Archive Photographs Series - Glossop; Bennett (Chalford Publishing Company 1997, ISBN 0 7524 1009 1)
  • Images of England Series - Glossop Volume II; Hickinson & Brown (Tempus Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0 7524 3286 9)
  • Images of England Series - The Longdendale Valley; Buxton (Tempus Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0 7524 3288 5)
  • Images of England Series - Hadfield & Padfield; Buxton (Tempus Publishing, 2005, ISBN 0 7524 3563 9)
  • Glossopdale Through Time; Brown & Hickinson (Amberley Publishing, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4456-0771-9)
  • Derbyshire Through Time; Buxton (Amberley Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84868-517-8)
  • Memories of Glossopdale and Longdendale 'Roses in December'; Carney (Churnet Valley Books 2002, ISBN 1 897949 89 8)
  • Peakland Pickings; Sharpe (Churnet Valley Books 1999, ISBN 1 897949 51 0)
  • The Land of the Etherow; Sharpe (Churnet Valley Books 1999, ISBN 1 897949 51 0)
  • Glossop Remembered; Sharpe (Landmark Publishing Ltd 2005, ISBN 1 84306 199 6)
  • The Peak District at War; Clowes (Churnet Valley Books 2001, ISBN 1 897949 76 6)
  • Glossop In The Great War; Cooper (Pen & Sword Books 2015, ISBN 978 1 47382 171 2)
  • Textile Town Tales; Sharpe (1993)
  • Tales From The Townships; Sharpe (1994)
  • The Worst In Living Memory; Sharpe (1994)
  • The Derbyshire Pit Murders; Sharpe (1995)
  • Elegy of an Edwardian Childhood in Derbyshire; Harlow (Happy Walking International 1998, ISBN 1 874754 18 7)
  • I Remember, Reminiscences of Glossop Before The First World War; Ed. Smith (Glossop & District Historical Society)
  • Annals of Glossop, The Years 1-2,000 A.D.; Davies (2000)
  • Glossop's Victorian Age; Best & Meehan (Glossop & District Heritage Trust 2008)
  • A Journey Through Glossop Past and Present; Best, Russell & Bate (Glossop & District Heritage Trust 2007)
  • Glossop Heritage (Glossop Heritage Committee 1985, ISBN 0 9509943 0 8)
  • Longdendale In Retrospect; Powell (Longdendale Amenity Society 1977, second edition 1984)
  • Reflections of Glossop; Buxton-Knott (Foxline Publishing 1995, ISBN 1 870119 37 1)
  • More Reflections of Glossop; Buxton-Knott (Foxline Publishing 1996, ISBN 1 870119 46 0)
  • Glossop & Longdendale Then and Now; Perry (Rev 3:20 Publishing 2008, ISBN 978-0-9561039-0-1)
  • History In A Pint Pot; Field (Glossop & District Historical Society 1999)
  • A Portrait of Padfield; Birchall (Padfield Residents' Society, 2013)
  • Growing Up With The Gauleiter; Lord (Matador 2017, ISBN 978 1788036 719)
  • Small Town Politics, A Study of Political Life in Glossop; Birch (Oxford University Press 1959)
  • Glossop Town Plan 1954-1971 (Derbyshire County Planning Department, April 1955)
  • Glossop in 1851 - Report of the Glossop Local History Study Group; Ed. Smith (Glossop & District Historical Society, 1979).
  • The People of Glossop in 1851 and 1881 - Report of the Glossop Local History Study Group; Ed. Smith & Garlick (Glossop & District Historical Society 2002, ISBN 1 902383 07 9)
  • 1851 Census Name Index, Vol 11:1, Glossop Sub District (Derbyshire FHS 1993, ISBN 0 947964 35 5)
  • Neath Ancient Moss - A short history of Glossop Parish Church, its building and its vicars
  • St. John The Evangelist, Charlesworth, 1849-1989 (St. John The Evangelist Anniversary Committee August 1989)
  • Woodhead Chapel (Longdendale Heritage Trust pamphlet)
  • A History of St James' Church & The Parish of Whitfield; Sharpe (1994)
  • St. Andrew's Mothers' Meeting, Hadfield, Golden Jubilee, 1893-1943 (pub 1943)
  • To God Be The Glory; St. Andrew's Church, Hadfield, 1874-1974; Winterbottom (pub 1974)
  • All Saints, Past & Present - A History of All Saints Catholic Parish, Glossop (pub 1986)
  • A Memorial of St Mary's (pub 1987)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Hadfield; Perry (pub 1984)
  • The Story of The Church of St. Charles Borromeo Hadfield; Sulllivan (pub 1985)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Hadfield 150 Years of Parish Life 1858-2008; Perry (pub 2009)
  • Zion Methodist Church and Sunday School Centenary History 1960
  • Littlemoor Congregational Church Historical Record 1811-1897
  • The Cotton Industry in Longdendale & Glossopdale; Quayle (Tempus Publishing, 2006, ISBN 0 7524 3883 2)
  • A Very Special School, Glossop Grammar School 1901-1965; Holden (1994)
  • Glossop Fire Station; Lee (2001)
  • Dinting & the Potters (Glossop & District Heritage Trust, 2002)
  • Ghost Legends of Glossopdale; Ed. Reeve (pub 1995)
  • The Stones of Mouselow; Greenman.
  • Castle Hill, Glossop's Other Fort; Reeve (Historic Occasions 1993)
  • The Joseph Hague Trust; Scott & Smith (Published by the Trustees 1979, first edition)
  • The Joseph Hague Trust; Scott & Smith (Paul Bush, second edition 2000, ISBN 1 902383 02 8)
  • Glossop Tramways; Marsden (Foxline Publishing 1991, ISBN 1 870119 12 6)
  • Glossop Centre - 21 Years (pub 1986)
  • Organised Labour in Glossop, The Carpenters and Joiners; Stone (pub 1984)
  • John Woolliscroft (1877-1955) Socialist, Internationalist & Trade Unionist; Stone (Derbyshire County Council 1990, ISBN 0 903463 30 X)
  • The WEA in Glossop 1907-2007 A Branch History; Smith (Workers Educational Association Glossop Branch 2008)
  • The Road To The First Division; Glossop North End 1898-99; Winterbottom (Glossop & District Historical Society 2004, ISBN 1 902383 11 7)
  • Glossop FC in the Football League 1898-1915; Dykes (SoccerData/Tony Brown 2013, ISBN 978 1 905891 80 1)
  • A Glossop Apothecary; Hartley (Country Book 2009, ISBN 978-1-906789-19-0)
  • History of the Glossop Cricket Club (Centenary Souvenir 1933)
  • An Illustrated History of Hadfield; Davies & Hickinson (Glossop & District Heritage Trust, 2003)
  • Tintwistle, A Brief History and Guide of the Village; Barber (Tintwistle Historical Society, 1969 (2nd edition))
  • Tintwistle's World War 1 1914 - 1918; Rochell & Brierley
  • The Longdendale Reservoirs (Longdendale Heritage Trust pamphlet)
  • Reservoirs In The Hills; Quayle (ISBN 0 86317 133 8)
  • Manchester's Water, The Reservoirs In The Hills; Quayle (Tempus Publishing, 2006, ISBN 0 7524 3198 6)
  • The Sheffield Ashton & Manchester Railway, The Woodhead Line; Bairstow (Martin Bairstow, 1986, ISBN 0 9510302 4 8)
  • Woodhead Part One, Scenes from the past 29; Johnson (Foxline Publishing, 1996, ISBN 1 870119 43 6)
  • The Woodhead Route; Dawson (Amberley Publishing, 2017, ISBN 1 978 1 4456 6394 4)
  • The Third Woodhead Tunnel; Dow (British Railways June 1954)
  • Just a Glimpse - Charlesworth (Charlesworth Heritage Group, 1985)
  • Ludworth Moor Colliery, The Mine and The Men; Thackray & du Feu (R.Thackray Publishing reprint 1998)
  • Glossop's Great Hospital Carnival and Well Dressing Festival 1928.
  • Glossop: The Official Handbook of the Glossop Borough Council (Garden City Press, 1933 (approx))
  • Glossop: The Official Handbook (Ed J Burrow & Co, 1948 (1st edition))
  • Glossop: The Official Handbook (Ed J Burrow & Co, ca 1953)
  • Glossop Official Handbook (Glossop Town Council, ca 1957)
  • Glossop Centenary Handbook 1966 (Borough of Glossop & & Civic Publicity Services Ltd)
  • Glossop Handbook (Forward Publicity Ltd, ca 1970)
  • Glossop Official Guide (G. W. May Ltd, ca 1972)
  • Fifty Years of Manor Park Souvenir Programme 1977 (Glossop & District Association for Tourism; Glossop TIC; Caron Publications)
  • Glossop Victorian Weekend Souvenir Programme 1983 (Glossop Traders Association)
  • Glossop Official Guide (British Publishing Company, Gloucester 1978)
  • The Glossop Guide (The Transport Publishing Company, 1985, SBN 903839 82 2)
  • Glossop Visitors Guide 1994 (Glossop & District Association for Tourism)
  • Glossop Tourist Guide 1997 (Glossop & District Association for Tourism; Glossop TIC; Caron Publications)
  • Glossop & District Tourist Guide 1998 (Glossop & District Association for Tourism; Glossop TIC; Caron Publications)
  • Old Ordnance Survey Maps, Cheshire Sheet 3.16, Hadfield & Tintwistle 1907 (Alan Godfrey Maps, ISBN 0 85054 647 8)
  • Old Ordnance Survey Maps, Derbyshire Sheet 2.12, Glossop 1897 (Alan Godfrey Maps, ISBN 1 84151 228 1)
  • Old Ordnance Survey Maps, England & Wales Sheet 86, The Dark Peak 1908-13 (Alan Godfrey Maps, ISBN 1 84151 265 6)
  • Pointer Guide Maps of Glossop (Ed J Burrow & Co Ltd, pub mid 1950s)
  • Glossop Official Street Map (pub early 1990s)
  • Official Street Map of Glossop (Glossop & District Association for Tourism, pub late 1990s)
  • Glossop, A Historical Trail (Glossop & District Historical Society)
  • Exploring Longdendale, Mottram, Glossop, Crowden, Woodhead; Warrender (Willow Publishing 1980, ISBN 0 9506043 1 3)
  • More Walks around Glossop and Surrounds; Hanmer (pub 1989, ISBN 1 872023 01 0)
  • Pathwise in Glossop & Longdendale; Frith (Andrew, ISBN 0 9501837 2 5)
  • Walking & Cycling Tours in the Manchester District; Third Edition (LNER, pub 1931)
  • The Dinting Story 1968 - 1978; Cozens (Dinting Railway Centre Ltd)
  • An illustrated guide to The Dinting Railway Centre (Dinting Railway Centre Ltd, ca 1979)

Publications on CD and DVD.

  • The Poor Law Map; Glossop in 1857 - CD Rom (Glossop & District Historical Society 2006)
  • The Ordnance Survey of Glossop 1838 - 1951 - CD Rom (Glossop & District Historical Society 2008)
  • Times Past; Glossop's Heritage in Film; Eye-witness accounts & photographs - DVD (Glossop Heritage Trust/Mannmade Productions 2006)
Derbyshire FHS publications and some of the others listed can be obtained from the Society. See the Publications Page at the DFHS Site.

Some of the publications listed are out of print but many can be obtained from bookshops in the town and on-line. Local libraries have copies of some and it may be that they are available through the inter-libary loan scheme.

JiGraH Resources Publications on CD.

JiGraH Resources have published three CDs containing old books etc about Glossop. These are:

  • Glossop's Great Hospital Carnival and Well Dressing Festival 1928.
  • Glossop Heritage Collection Volume 1; The Catalogue for the Sale of the Glossop Dale Estate, 1925.
  • Glossop Heritage Collection Volume 2; An assembly of ten items published between 1874 and 1928.
The latter two CDs are published in partnership with Glossop Heritage Trust. Also published in partnership with the Heritage Trust is a CD copy of Morris & Co's Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of Ashton-Under-Lyne & District 1878 which covers places in Cheshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire, including Glossop and the surrounding area.

Other JiGraH Resources CDs which feature Glossop are:

  • Derby & District Trades Directory, 1903.
  • Pigot & Dean's Directory for Manchester & Salford &c For 1824-5.
  • White's Directory of Sheffield & 20 Miles Round, 1862.

Full details of these items can be found on the JiGraH Resources web site, from where they can also be purchased.

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