Baslow, Derbyshire

Glover's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of the County of Derby, 1829

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2001, 2012

Materials collected by Stephen Glover in the early 19th century towards a History and Directory of Derbyshire were published in 1829 in 3 volumes. The Directory - “accurately taken during the years 1827, '8, and '9, by Stephen Glover” - was published first, when according to its introduction, the remaining material was “still in the press”. Its subsequent publication resulted in two volumes. Volume I contains a History of the county as a whole; and Volume II describes individual Towns and Villages.

The first part of this extract contains material from the county History, the second part is from the Directory.

Extract from The Peakland Year: August, by Julie Bunting,
published in The Peak Advertiser, 6 Aug 2001.
Articles by Julie are reproduced by kind permission.

Long ago the villages of Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt celebrated their annual feasts on the first Sunday in August. Baslow customs included a unique ceremony called Kit Dressing - a kit being a milk pail - as described in Glover's History and Gazetteer of the County of Derby:

‘A beautiful garland and a large pink-coloured flag with emblems, were also carried in the procession. Twigs of willow were bent over the tops of the kits, and entwined with ribbons and flowers; and many fanciful ornaments of muslin and silk, mingled with trinkets of silver and gold composed the garlands, which were also formed upon a frame-work of willow twigs, interwoven together. The maidens of the village, attired in their best carried the kits on their heads, attended by the young men... the procession was attended by the Baslow band, and the decorations of the kits surpassed in beauty and taste any that had ever before been seen’.

The ceremony seems to have been partly a thanksgiving and partly an invocation for a coming good year in the dairy, for this short rhyme was displayed on one of the dressed pails: ‘The farmer, the plough-boy, the fleece and the flail, Success to the milk-maid who carries the pail’.

Baslow was thronged with visitors for the day and the evening was spent in dancing and merrymaking at the Wheat Sheaf Inn.

DIRECTORY

BASLOW, BUBNELL, CURBAR and FROGGATT comprise one township and chapelry in the parish of Bakewell, H. of H.P.[1]
Lord of the Manor, His Grace the Duke of Rutland.
Coaches to and from Manchester and Nottingham pass daily.
Ashton Benjamin, vict. Green Man
Barker John, vict. Wheat Sheaf
Barker Robert, gent. farmer, Bubnell, F.
Barker Rev. A.A. curate
Barker Hannah, farmer
Bowring Elizabeth, vict. Barrel
Brightmore Jonathan, shoemaker
Brightmore John, farmer
Broomhead Nicholas, maltster and vict. Peacock
Brookes ___, schoolmaster
Brushfield Richard, farrier and shopkeeper
Cocker John, tailor
Cocker William, shoemaker
Daniel William, shoemaker
Davidson Robert, farmer
Froggatt William, farmer
Furnace Jane, schoolmistress and organist
Gardom Margaret, farmer
Gardom John, gent. farmer, Bubnell, F.
Goodall R. surgeon
Goodwin John, chandler
Hattersley Robert, baker and shopkeeper
Hattersley George, farmer and maltster
Hattersley William, farmer and miller, F.
Hernshaw William, Farmer
Hodgkinson George, farmer
Hodgkinson John, farmer and miller
Hodgkinson Wigley, farmer and maltster, F.
Kitchen William, farmer
Marple Thomas, farmer
Marple Jacob, saddler
Marple John, millwright
Marple James, blacksmith
Marple Sarah, vict.
Marden Joseph, baker and flour dealer
Marsden Robert, miller
Oddy Rebecca, farmer, Bubness Hall
Penistone Ralph, farmer, F.
Rowland Michael, tanner
Strafford Elijah, farmer
Stroyan John, Draper
White Henry, farmer
White Charlotte, shopkeeper
The inhabitants of Curbar and Froggatt are not included in the above list.

Notes

[1] "H. of H.P." means Hundred of High Peak.
[2] At the end of the book it explains:-
“The names distinguished with F are for the most part Freeholders returned Into the County office, as being liable to serve on Juries. This forms only a portion of the Freeholders of the County, as it does not include the Clergy, Professions, and Others, who are exempt. Those distinguished by C are Copyholders.”

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in August 2001 & June 2012.

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