Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer & Directory of Derbyshire, 1846

Transcription by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1986


STOKE township forms a highly picturesque district, 1½ miles N.E. from Stoney Middleton, and contains 520 acres of land, 10 houses and 46 inhabitants, of whom the sexes were equal in number; rateable value, £507. The Honourable John Bridgman Simpson, of Babworth, Nottinghamshire, is the sole owner. Stoke Hall is a beautiful ancient mansion, embosomed in foliage, and situated on a gentle acclivity that forms the bank of the Derwent. Knouchley is a pleasant farm-house, Goatscliff a noted millstone quarry. The manor of Stoke was sold by Henry Lord Grey, of Codnor, about the year 1473, to Robert Barley Esq., whose posterity resided at Stoke for several generations. In the reign of Charles I., it was one of the manors of William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle. Jacinth Sacheverall was lord of this manor in 1656. The first Lord Bradford acquired it in marriage with the heiress of Simpson, from whom it has descended to the present possessor.

The residents are Wm. Oates, wood steward, Hall; Robert Outram, millstone maker, Goatscliff; Joseph Bennett and Robert Higinbotham, farmers, Goatscliff; and Robert Tomlin, farmer, Knouchley.      (Extract from p. 545)

Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in October 1986.

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