Here is a history of the Parish


HARTINGTON is a parish, consisting of four townships, namely, MIDDLE, UPPER, NETHER and TOWN QUARTERS, of which Upper Hartington includes the hamlet of BURBAGE. Hartington gives the title of Marquis to the Dukes of Devonshire.

Hartington Upper Quarter is a township, adjoining Buxton, portions of which have been taken into the ecclesiastical parishes of Earl Sterndale and Burbage respectively and it forms the north-west extremity of the parish, in the Western division of the county, Wirksworth hundred, Ashborne petty sessional division, and in the union and county court district of Chapel-en-le-Frith. The Duke of Devonshire K.G. owns nearly the whole of this township. At Painer’s Pool bridge, near Black Clough, 4½ miles from Buxton, the counties of Derby, Chester and Stafford meet. Axe Edge is a mountainous height, in this township, 1,756 feet above the level of the sea, in which the rivers Dove, Wye, Dane and Goyt have their source, these streams flow in different directions, the Goyt and Dane falling into the Mersey, and the Dove and Wye joining the Humber.  The area of the township, with the hamlet of Burbage, is 10,311 acres, of which about one-third are common and heath, being principally on gritstone, the inclosed land being mostly on limestone; rateable value, £12,341; the population of the township of Hartington Upper Quarter in 1811 as 1,695 and in 1881, 2,174.

Farmers in 1881

Hartington Upper Quarter.

Bagshaw George, farmer, Dowlow
Bagshaw William, farmer, Beet farm
Bennett Samson, farmer, Round Knowles
Carrington Thomas, farmer, Greenside
Finney William, farmer, Harley
Heathcote James, farmer, The Jumbles, Brownside
Hill John &Francis, farmers, Hillhead
Johnson Thomas, farmer, Black Clough
MelIor John, farmer, Brand
Mortin Maria (Mrs.), farmer, Brierlow
Mycock Stephen, farmer, Great low
Mycock Thomas, farmer, Dowlow
Nadin John, farmer, How green
Skidmore John, farmer, Brierlow bar
Staden John, farmer, Fairthorn
Staden Thomas, farmer, Ox house
Wain Alice (Mrs.), farmer, Hollins
Wain Rachel (Mrs.), farmer, Booth
Ward David, farmer, Gutter
Wardle Sarah (Mrs.), farmer, Dovehead
Wardle James, farmer, Fough
Wardle Mary Ann (Mrs.), farmer, Barn
Wardle William, farmer, Lee Cote
Wheeldon George, farmer, Hopping
Wain John, farmer, Thirkelow
Wood William, farmer, Heathfield nook