Local studies at Glossop Library

Glossop Library has a substantial Local Studies section.


We aim to collect and make available information on all aspects of Glossop life. The area covered includes Hadfield, Gamesley, Charlesworth, Simmondley and Chisworth.

Derbyshire books include:

  • Victoria County History of Derbyshire
  • Cox's Churches of Derbyshire
  • Glover's History of Derbyshire
  • Cameron's Place Names of Derbyshire
  • There is selective material on Cheshire, Lancashire and the Manchester area as well. Books about the Glossop area are separated from the main collection so they are easy to find.

Periodicals include:

  • Derbyshire Life and Countryside from 1940
  • Derbyshire Archaeological Journal 1879 to present
  • Derbyshire Miscellany 1971 to 1991
  • Manchester Region History Review from 1987
  • Manchester Geographer 1980 to 1993
  • Cheshire Life from 1975.

A number of local newspapers are available on microfilm:

  • Glossop Chronicle 1859 to July 1861, 10 July 1869 to present
  • Glossop Record, 1859 to 1871
  • High Peak Chronicle 1877 and 1906 to 1937
  • High Peak Courier 1983 to 1990
  • North  Derbyshire (Glossop) Advertiser 1871 to 1937 (excluding 1881)
  • Glossop Advertiser 1997 to present
  • Glossop Review, 1992 to present.

A newspaper cuttings collection that began in the 1930s is still kept up to date, mainly derived from the Glossop Chronicle. A number of files have been created on subjects such as mills and mill owners, industries, festivals, politics, welfare, Municipal Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield, Gamesley and Charlesworth and are extensively used for school project work. All of the cuttings are indexed.

There is a growing collection of family history materials including reference and instruction books and a number of CD ROMs including:

  • The National Burial Index
  • 1881 British Census and National Index
  • Soldiers died in the Great War, 1914 to 1919
  • Soldiers died in the Second World War, 1939 to 1945
  • History of the County Palatine and City of Chester
  • Glossop Heritage Collection volumes 1 and 2; Hospital carnival and well  dressing festival 1928
  • Memorials of Glossop and High Peak volumes 1 and 3
  • Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps Cheshire 1900 to 1912; Derbyshire 1896 to 1900
  • Census returns Cheshire 1861, 1871, 1891
  • Census returns Derbyshire 1841
  • Census returns Lancashire 1841 to 1871, 1901.

All the Local Studies Library archives have been transferred to the Derbyshire Record Office, but the library has retained microfilm copies. Significant archives include:

  • Wren Nest Mills: early 20th century family letters and company records
  • Littlemoor Congregational Church  minutes and other papers from 1840
  • Glossop Borough Council records (minutes 1892 to 1918 and 1935 to 1958 are still available in book form)
  • estate records including material relating to the Howard Estates dated from  around 1483
  • Easter Books for the 17th and early 18th centuries
  • Glossop Branch Amalgamated Engineering Union records
  • Co-operative Society minutes for Glossop, Hadfield and Hollingworth
  • transcripts from the Glossop Parish Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1620 to 1837 are also available, though incomplete.

Other resources available at Glossop:

  • A complete set of Derbyshire trade directories is available on microfiche from 1808 to 1977 and some original directories are also held.

  • An old Burgess roll of 1898.

  • Historic electoral registers: Glossop, 1908 to 1909, 1933, 1949, 1953, 1965, Hadfield, 1933, Glossop, Charlesworth, Tintwistle, Gamesley and Simmondley, 1983 to 2001.

  • Illustrations including slides, photographs and postcards of Glossop and the surrounding villages of Simmondley, Gamesley, Hadfield, Dinting and Charlesworth.   These date from the late 19th century onward. Also included are specially commissioned modern photographic records in both colour and black and white and a fully indexed Millennium photographic survey of the area: "Millscapes."

  • A small collection of six inch Ordnance Survey maps covers the Dark Peak area from the second edition, 1899 to 1948. More recent OS maps at 25 inch and 50 inch scales are held for the Glossop and Hadfield area. Cheshire maps, 1900 to 1912 are held on CD ROM.

  • Census Enumerators' Returns 1841 to 1901 are available on microfilm for Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield, Charlesworth, Chisworth, Gamesley, Ludworth, Tintwistle   and Woodhead, Longdendale area of Cheshire. For 1841 to 1861 a wider area is available, including villages such as Peak Forest, Derwent, Edale and Hayfield. The 1841 census for the Glossop area is particularly difficult to read and a useful transcript is available.

  • 1991 census profiles are held for High Peak District Council, Charlesworth and Chisworth parishes,and the wards of Glossop parish. In addition, there are County Reports for the censuses of 1921, 1931, 1961 and 1981.