I came  to Baslow in 1966 as the “new” general practitioner.  I am still here with a firm interest in Baslow and the Peak District.

Soon after I arrived, there was a local history class, based on the Baslow 1851 census which triggered a fascination with Baslow in the 1700s and 1800s.  Now, I have collected a mine of information about the village,  some analysis, and several articles based on it.

Much is on this website, and I hope that it will be of interest to local historians, especially locally, and those interested in their family history

If you wish more information or help please get in touch.  And I am especially interested if you can add data about people and places which I can add to my collection and the website.

I hope I have acknowledged sources where appropriate, (otherwise tell me), especially Derbyshire Record Office, the Trustees of Chatsworth Settlement, and all those families who have added their little bit.

There have been few changes recently.  I have been updating and expanding the list of local family trees,.  A recent short article is about the old roads on the moors north east of Baslow – Eaglestone Flat and its Roads. The latest is an article about the local Barker families in the lead industry

Rutland Sale 1920  It is 100 years since this great sale.  Click on this link to see all the houses involved.  There is a brief article in the April 2020 edition of the Baslow Parish Magazine 

I am very happy to talk about Baslow history and help with queries – and please tell me where I am wrong!                          email below


David Dalrymple-Smith   dds@w3z.co.uk                  Last updated  Mar 2020

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