Some notes from Baslow Parish Registers
1688-1737; 1738-51; 1752-1804

Here are some notes from the inside front cover of the above registers which I (Rosemary) found interesting, followed by brief notes from the early Register itself.

Foul Weather

  1. Note for 17 September 1706

    “A great fflood at 12 oclock wch brought down sheaves of corn. It was a quarter of a yard high in our lower place none living ever saw such a flood, it began at 4 yesternight 29 inches higher than ever by the mark on the Mill-stop.”

  2. Addendum to a baptism on 22 August 1749

    “ye same night was ye most horrible for Lightening & Thunder & rain yt ever was known in this Age.”


Homespun remedies for illness (appear on the flyleaf of the 1738-1751 register)

  1. “ffor a dropsie”

    “Take ye leaves of ash-trees, as soon as they begin to come out, & double distil t'em, give nine spoonfuls of ye water wth one spoonful of Mustard-seed in ye morning, & at four or five in ye afternoon; give a spoonful of Mustard-seed in ye like Quantity of White-wine; this is recomended as never failing. Wn ye distemper is taken at first rest from taking it for ten days, & thn begin again.”

  2. “The following Receipt to cure the ague was taken out of a common News paper & as ye Medicine is quite simple & seldom or never failed to make a complete cure, for ye good of others I was induced to insert it here -”

    “Beat the White of an egg up in a pint of White Wine Vinegar which taken just when ye trembling is expected to come on. Operates strongly upon ye patient; & ye fits never return, so it may be said to be preferable to Jesuits Bark”[1] -

  3. “ffor ye Gout”

    “Take a pound of Rye Meal, four Ounces of yeast, two Ounces of salt, mix'd together as a poultice, & lay it Warm to ye soles of the ffeet & wrap in fflannels repeat it once in 12 hours for or five times dressing as thought sufficient. After ye application wash ye feet with Warm Water, (?)Brek Brandy & Castle soap and Keep Warm afterwards.”


The Register

  1. Note dated 21 Mar 1702

    “Note that Mrs Katherine Bromehead, Relict of Mr Robert Bromehead late of Bubnell Hall hath given a Silver Cup to be used at the Comunion to our Chappel of Baslow for ever wch was her fathers Mr Wm Nicholsons & has his name & Katherines his wife engraved on the upper part on the out side. Baslow Communion Cup given by Katherine Bromehead witness our hands the Inhabitants of the chappelry:    Joseph Nichols, Curate”

    Follows a list of Churchwardens (or “Chappelwardens”), in two columns:-

    Alexander Ragge, George Bee, John Bromehead, Thomas Elliot, Robert Wyld, John Wild, et al. (all sign).

  2. Memorandum dated 12 Oct 1717

    “John Barker of Baslow pointed the steeple and battlements & set up the new weathercock made by Thomas Gurdom.”

[1] It is my understanding that Jesuits Bark was a name given to Quinine.

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie.

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