Biggin by Hulland

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A 20th century historical map of Biggin, Derbyshire
Biggin by Hulland
Sundial Cottage, Biggin (290270 01abc1d5-by-John-Poyser).jpg
Farmhouse, Biggin by Hulland.
Biggin by Hulland is located in Derbyshire
Biggin by Hulland
Biggin by Hulland
Biggin by Hulland shown within Derbyshire
Population 120 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK259485
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DE6
Dialling code 01335
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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DerbyshireCoordinates: 53°02′02″N 1°36′54″W / 53.034°N 1.615°W / 53.034; -1.615

Biggin is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, near Hulland and just off the A517 road. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 105. In the 2011 census, it had a population of 120.[1] There are two Biggins in Derbyshire, this one is more precisely known as Biggin by Hulland. 'Biggin by Hulland' is a small town in Derbyshire within the United Kingdom. Also known as a small hamlet south of Carsington Water; Hulland Ward village is on the A517 midway between the Ashbourne and Duffield with extensive views over south Derbyshire and Staffordshire.[2]

History of Biggin[edit]

In the 1870–1872, Biggin was described as

The township is in Wirksworth parish; and lies near the Cromford and High Park railway, 7½ miles SW of Bakewell r. station. Acres, 595. Real property, £1,153. Pop., 133. Houses, 28. The chapelry was constituted in 1848.Post Town, Ashborne. Pop., 399. Houses, 84. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church is modern. There are two Primitive Methodist chapels and a national school.[3]
The Waterloo Inn, Biggin – – 206411

This village 'Biggin' used to be known as 'Newbiggin'. From the olden days till now, locals and travellers of Biggin tend to go and visit 'The Waterloo Inn' on the village's main street. This holiday inn has a long established history of more than 350 years. One of its uniqueness is the availability of camping facilities and caravans parkings provided within the inn. Within these camping and caravaning features, The Waterloo Inn has stated that All of our pitches have electric hook-up. Water, showers and waste disposal are available on site.[4] Apart from the on-campus facilities, The Waterloo Inn has its many specialities, from its relaxing and entertaining pub life, its originality of food quality, to its great and interesting news events occurring every month continuously. Although, it is a popular busy inn, the pub ensures that customers and all visitors can obtain a quiet country entertainment[5] and dogs are also allowed into the holiday inn. The local food provided are 'almost traditional pub grub'. It is home-cooked and the ingredients are locally sourced where possible and the place also provides both specials and regular menu for its visitors and customers.[6]

Landmark Places of Worship[edit]

St. Thomas Church in Biggin

The St. Thomas Church is the place of worship in Derbyshire. The church is located in the Drury Lane or in another name, Main Street of Biggin, Hartington in Derbyshire. It was built between the years of 1844–1848. This church is a work from 'Edwin Hugh Shellard', an English architect gaining at least 13 contracts for Commissioners' churches,[7] whose major output was in the design of churches in Northwest England. Another short description of St. Thomas Church from the BBC is St. Thomas' Church Biggin was built in 1848 by William Evans and cost about £1203. It is built of local limestone from a field near Liffs road which is still called Church Field. The Tower is approx. 30 metres high with a clock which has recently been restored. There is a stained glass window above the altar.[8] From the aspect of cemeteries, this Church has (or had) a graveyard and that any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853,[9] an act to amend the Laws and concerning the Burial of the Dead in the Metropolis.[10] and that any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.[11] Although the church was founded in the early year of 1844, it is still open nowadays welcoming any locals to join the community of worshippers. The denomination of St. Thomas Church is now or formerly Church of England.[12] This place once had a settlement of Cistercian monks from Garendon Abbey. The monks brought sheep farming to Biggin Grange and this Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas.[13] A special service was held in 1985 to mark the inauguration of the new organ. In 1984 a Flower Festival was held for the first time. This was so successful that another was held in 1985 with LOVE as the theme.[14]

Census of Biggin[edit]

Total population of Biggin, Hulland, as reported by the Census of Population from 1881 to 2011

The population statistic of this village was at an overall steady rate as shown from the 'Biggin Derbyshire population time series 1881–2011'. From this time period, the highest historical population record of Biggin was during the year of 1881 with 125 people living in the area; while the trough point of Biggin's population was found in 1931 with 82 people only. After this period, the population trend had increased again to the year of 1961 onwards. In recent years, the population of Biggin has been rising shortly from 105 to 120 residents.

Total Occupations from both genders of Biggin, Derbyshire, as reported by the Census of Industry Occupational Data of 1881

The occupation statistic of Biggin, Derbyshire in 1881 from the bar chart shows that the industry of Agriculture was the occupation that flavoured most men with the total of 26 workers involved. However, there were no women contributed to this industry due to the heavy workload required that women could not be able to manage. On the other hand, the highest number of women job was the Unknown occupation that could not be conducted, this is the total of 16 of them.

Total occupation of Biggin, Hulland, Derbyshire of both genders ages 16–74, as reported by the Census of Occupation from 2011

From the two graphs of Biggin's historical and modern occupations, there is a significant change of pattern identified. The occupation levels are much more widespread in both genders with the highest number of females working in the Administrative and Secretary industry and that the occupation with the highest number of males is the Managers, Directors and Senior officials. This result shows that as time goes by, the people of Biggin becomes more educated that enables both genders to work in more professional service industries nowadays. Not to mention, one of the evidence found in Biggin 1881 occupation still applied to the 2011 occupation that there are still no female workers involve in the industry of Process, plant and Machine Operative as it requires long working hours and heavy workloads.

External links[edit]

Media related to Biggin, Derbyshire at Wikimedia Commons


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  2. ^ "Biggin By Hulland". Peak District & Derbyshire. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870). Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Camping & Caravaning". The Waterloo Inn. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pub life". The Waterloo Inn. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Food". The Waterloo Inn. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  7. ^ List of works by E. H. Shellard
  8. ^ "St. Thomas' Church Biggin.". BBC Domesday Reloaded. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Derbyshire Places of Worship". St Thomas's Church, Biggin, Hartington. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Burial Act 1853 Introduction". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Derbyshire Places of Worship". St Thomas's Church, Biggin, Hartington. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "St. Thomas Church denomination". Derbyshire Places of Worship. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Featherstone, William (Peter). "St. Thomas Church History". UK & Ireland Genealogy. William (Peter)Featherstone. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "St. Thomas' Church Biggin.". BBC Domesday Reloaded. Retrieved 10 March 2015.