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Heage (with Ambergate), Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - p.227
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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HEAGE (or HIGH EDGE) is a large township, with a scattered population, and in 1844 was formed into a parish from the civil parish of Duffield and made a rectory 1867 : it is on the Chesterfield road, 2 miles north-east from Belper, 1½ east from Ambergate station and 143½ from London, in the Mid division of the county, Appletree hundred, Belper union and petty sessional division, Belper and Ilkeston county court district, rural deanery of Duffield, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. Since 1863 the township has been under the management of a local board of six members. The river Amber flows along the northern boundary of the parish and joins the Derwent at Ambergate. The Cromford canal also passes through. The church of St. Luke, formerly a chapel of ease to Duffield, consists of chancel, transeptal nave, south porch and a turret on the north side, containing one bell, and was enlarged and repaired in 1836 : in the chancel are two stained windows, erected in 1881 by F. N. Smith esq. to his father and his wife: there are 450 sittings, 250 being free : half an acre of land was added to the churchyard in 1881. The register dates from the year 1819 for baptisms and 1847 for marriages and burials. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge £52, net yearly value £178, including 4 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the vicar of Duffield, and held since 1888 by the Rev. George Arthur Tindall B.A. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. A Mission church is now (1890) being erected at Ambergate. There are Wesleyan, Primitive and Reform Methodist and the Free Methodist chapels here. A charity of £7 5s. yearly, left in 1817 by the Rev. F. Gisborne, some time vicar of Staveley, is distributed in cloth and flannel to the poor. Holland's charity of £6, left in 1744, is divided between the rector (who receives £4) and the poor who attend Heage church, the remaining £2 being expended in bread. Lieut.-Col. Albert Frederic Hurt, of Alderwasley Hall, is lord of the manor and Lord Belper and co-proprietors, Herbert Strutt esq. and F. N. Smith esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is clayey. The chief crops are corn and grass. The area in acres is 2,278; rateable value, £7,419 ; the population in 1881 was 2,405.

CACKLETON, a quarter of a mile south; TOADMORE and AMBERGATE, 1½ miles west-north-west ; BOOTHGATE, 1 mile south and NETHER HEAGE, half a mile west, are hamlets.

AMBERGATE is the junction station on the Midland railway for Derby and the Matlock, Buxton, Manchester and Liverpool and Mansfield, Worksop and Retford lines.

Sexton, Herbert Street.

POST & M. O. 0., S. B. Annuity & Insurance Office.-Miss Rebecca Alton, receiver. Letters arrive from Belper at 9.15 a.m. ; dispatched at 6.15 p.m. Ripley is the nearest telegraph office

POST & M. O. 0., S. B. Annuity & Insurance Office, Ambergate.-Isaac Adams, receiver. Letters are received from Derby by mail cart; arrive at 5.26 a.m. & 4.45 p.m.; dispatched at 10.45 a.m. & 7.30 p.m. ; sundays, 7.20 p.m. The telegraph office is at the railway station

WALL LETTER BOX, Buckland Hollow, cleared 6 p.m. week days only


Meeting 1st friday in the month at National school room at 7 p.m.
Clerk, John Harlow, Ripley road
Treasurer, W. H. Winterborne, Belper
Medical Officer of Health, George Garnham, Ripley
Surveyor, Inspector of Nuisances & Collector, John Barlow, Ripley road


A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875; John Barlow, Ripley road, clerk to the board; Thomas Swift, Black Boy, attendance officer

Board, Over Heage (mixed & infants), built in 1877, for 144 children; average attendance, 144 ; Josiah Huss, master ; Miss Harriet Allsop, infants' mistress

Board, Nether Heage (mixed & infants), erected in 1871, for 75 boys & girls & 50 infants ; average attendance, 75 boys & girls & 50 infants ; Alfred Watherston, master ; Miss Ada. Figgins, infants' mistress

Endowed, for 28 boys; the school will hold 120 ; average attendance, 64 ; endowed in 1705 by George Storer with a farm, now producing an average yearly rent of £40, £28 of which is paid to the master for teaching as many children free; the surplus, after paying farm expenses, is applied to the apprenticing of a boy from the village; John Herbert Barnes, master

National, erected in 1842, for 146 girls & infants; average attendance, 116 ; Miss Martha Wilson, mistress; Miss Esther Jebb, infants' mistress

Railway Station, Ambergate, Chas. Grundy, station master


Cox John, Ridgway
Ediss George Newell, Nether Heage
Hawkins Mrs. Fir cottage, Nether Heage
Shore Mrs. Tower house, Nether Heage
Tindall Rev. George Arthur B.A.Rectory


Allsop Sml. jun. farmer, Morley Park farm
Allsop Thomas, farmer, Morley park
Alton George, beer retailer, Cackleton
Alton John, farmer, Chapel farm
Alton Joseph, farmer, Ripley road
Alton Sarah (Mrs.), farmer & maltster, Nether Heage
Barlow John, collector of poor rates & assessed taxes, & clerk, collector & inspector of nuisances & surveyor to local board, & clerk to the school board, Ripley road
Bates George, grocer, draper & farmer
Beardmore Vincent, shopkeeper
Beardmore Jabez, joiner
Heighton Joseph, farmer, Nether Heage
Bilbie Joseph, Green Man P.H
Bowmer Joseph, farmer, Nether Heage
Bull Bridge Brick Co. Limited (Samuel Hall, sec )
Clark George, farmer, Strarehim valley
Clark Samuel, Black Horse P.H & farmer
Clarke John, White Hart P.H & farmer
Cooper Thomas, shopkpr. Nether Heage
Farnsworth John & William, cow keepers
Fox John, farmer
Gaunt Robert, farmer, Waterloo
Hawkins Samuel, farmer, & registrar of births & deaths, Common
Heath Edmund, farmer, Morley park
Herrett Alfred, butcher
Hodgkinson Joseph, farmer
Hunt Peter, farmer, Lower Hartshay
Johnson Joseph, blacksmith & shopkeepr
Jones & Daniels, farmers, Prospect farm
Kemp Matthew, grocer & farmer
Key William, farmer
Litchfield James, farmer, Nether Heage
Marsh Robert, butcher
Morrell Joseph, jun. farmer, Crow trees
Payne Joseph, mason, Valley farm
Purdy Benjamin, butcher
Richards James, greengrocer, New rd
Riley Charles, boot maker
Rogers Jonah, farmer
Rowland Joshua, blacksmith
Severn Dorothy (Mrs.), grocer & draper
Shore Joseph & Enoch, millers (steam, water & wind) & farmers
Sims John, farmer, Morley park
Sims Joseph, farmer, West bank
Smith Samuel, bootmaker, Nether Heage
Stone Edward, shopkeeper
Stone Hiram, Spanker P.H
Stone Wm. H. shopkeeper, Nether Heage
Swift Samuel, shopkeeper, Cackleton
Thompson Jn. Wm. farmer, Mor!ey park
Wain William, New inn
Wainwright Samuel, shopkeeper
Walker Samuel, farmer, Nether Heage
Whawell Sophia (Mrs.), shopkeeper, Nether Heage
Whawell William Joseph, Black Boy P.H
White George, farmer, Ridgeway
Whysall William, shopkeeper


Bird Richard, superintendent engineer, Midland railway
Buxton Frederick, Ridgway house
Winson Mrs.
Bull bridge


Adams Isaac, grocer, Post office
Alton Winfield, Hurt Arms hotel
Bryan Samuel, shopkeeper
Clarke John, White House P.H
Elliott Robert, grocer
GLOSSOP JOSEPH, brush & cabinet turner, english & foreign timber & general builders' merchant & quarry owner, Saw mills
Glossop Tom Allison, insur. agt. West view
Grundy Charles, station master
Key German, shopkeeper
Radford Joseph, miller (water)
Smith William, farmer, Lawn farm
Wilmot Robert Hay, farmer
Worrall Joshua, butcher
Wragg George, grazier, Ridgway

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