Wormhill

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

WORMHILL, a chapelry in the parish of TIDESWELL, hundred of HIGH-PEAK, county of DERBY, 2 miles (W.S.W.) from Tideswell, containing 347 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield, endowed with £30 per annum private benefaction, and £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of certain Trustees. The chapel is dedicated to St. Margaret. A small school, erected by the inhabitants, is supported by several trifling bequests.

Wormhill is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s. The river Wye runs in the vicinity through the most picturesque scenery, particularly that of Chee dale, in this chapelry: the rocks on both sides of the stream present a bold face of limestone and lava, in alternate strata, which, when viewed from the narrow dell, appear, by the uniformity of their recesses and projections, to have been once united, and torn asunder by some remarkable convulsion of the earth.

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