Chesterfield, Derbyshire Family History Guide

Chesterfield comprises the following parishes:

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Chesterfield, a town, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Derby. The town stands on sloping ground, between the rivulets Rother and Hipper, in the vale of Scarsdale, on the Roman road from Derby to York, at the end of the Chesterfield canal, adjacent to the Midland railway, 11 miles by road, but 17½ by railway, S by E of Sheffield. It probably occupies the site of a Roman station; but, at Domesday, was only a bailiwick to Newbold. Two battles were fought at it; the one in 1261, between the Earl of Derby and Henry III.'s nephew; the other in 1648, between the royalists and the parliamentarians. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to William Peveril; annexed to the Crown by Henry II.; given by King John to William de Bruere; and passed to the Wakes, the Plantagenets, and others. The town is irregularly built; and has narrow streets, but a spacious market-place. The townhall, with market-house and covered market, is an extensive and commodious suite of buildings, erected in 1857. The parish church is cruciform, and of various dates from early English onwards; has a central spire, 230 feet high, inclining considerably from the perpendicular; and contains a beautiful screen and some fine ancient monuments. Three chantries were formerly in the church; and three ancient chapels were in other parts of the town, one of them eventually used as a school, and another still partly extant in a barn and stable. Trinity church is a plain, substantial, Gothic edifice of 1838, with a western tower. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Quakers, Unitarians, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics; a free grammar school; national, infant, and other schools; a mechanics' institute, a dispensary and hospital, and a large convenient workhouse. The grammar-school was founded by Queen Elizabeth, and rebuilt in 1710; and is a picturesque edifice, situated behind Trinity church. The endowed charities include alms-houses and apprenticing funds; and amount to £1,364. The town has a head post-office, a railway station with telegraph, three banking-offices, and two chief inns; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and publishes three weekly newspapers. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs on 27 Jan., 28 Feb., the first Saturday of April, 4 May, 5 July, 25 Sept., and 25 Nov. Manufactures of lace, hosiery, silk, carpets, iron, and pottery are carried on; and much traffic exists in connexion with neighbouring foundries, collieries, and lead mines. Races are run in September, on a course nearly 2 miles long. The town was made a municipal borough by Queen Elizabeth; and is governed by a mayor, four aldermen, and twelve councillors. It gives the title of Earl to the family of Stanhope; and numbers, among its eminent natives or residents, Ince the poet, Lucas the mathematician, Wood, Oldfield, Charles, and Billingsley the nonconformists, Jewitt the author of “Wanderings of Memory,” Pegge the antiquary, Halifax the Bishop of St. Asaph, Stokes the botanist, Bromley and Mrs. Blore the poets, Mrs. Stokes the novelist, and Stephenson the father of railways. Real property, £22,155. Pop. in 1841, 6,212; in 1861, 9,836. Houses, 1,909.

The parish includes also the townships of Walton, Newbold and Dunston, Tapton, Calow, Hasland, and Normanton-Temple; and it formerly included the chapelry, now the parish, of Brimington. Acres, with Brimington, 11,451. Real property, £64,174; of which £3,378 are in mines, £6,156 in iron-works, and £1,600 in gas-works. Pop., 18,970. Houses, 3,792. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, with the p. curacy of Calow, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £357. Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The p. curacies of Trinity-Church, Hasland, and Newbold are separate benefices. Value of Trinity-Church, £120. Patrons, Three Trustees.—The sub-district contains also the parishes of Wingerworth, Brampton, and Whittington, and two townships of North Wingfield. Acres, 27,966. Pop., 28,983. Houses, 5,810.—The district comprehends also the sub-district of Bolsover, containing the parishes of Heath, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton, and part of Bolsover, Derbyshire; the sub-district of Eckington, containing the parishes of Eckington, Killamarch, and part of Staveley; the sub-district of Dronfield, containing five townships of Dronfield parish, and Great-Barlow chapelry; and the sub-district of Ashover, containing the parishes of Shirland and Morton, four townships of North Wingfield, one of Crich, and one of Ashover. Acres, 94,825. Poor-rates, in 1862, £19,082. Pop. in 1841, 39,380; in 1861, 61,779. Houses, 12,248. Marriages in 1860, 444; births, 2,362,—of which 161 were illegitimate; deaths, 1,374,—of which 576 were at ages under 5 years, and 21 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 3,818; births, 20,412; deaths, 11,877. The places of worship in 185] were 29 of the Church of England, with 12,899 sittings; 7 of Independents, with 1,574 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 250 s.; 2 of Quakers, with 257 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 300 s.; 31 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 4,436 s.; 3 of New Connexion Methodists, with 646 s.; 23 of Primitive Methodists, with 3,061 s.; 1 of the Wesleyan Association, with 180 s.; 4 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 970 s.; 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 120 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 312 s. The schools were 39 public day schools, with 3,316 scholars; 94 private day schools, with 2,269 s.; 70 Sunday schools, with 6,076 s.; and 3 evening schools for adults, with 120 s.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72]

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Chesterfield, 1841-1891

Church History

Hasland Methodist Church : building to serve

Church Records

Baptisms, 1856-1903 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Chesterfield Circuit (Derbyshire)

Baptisms, 1864-1910 Author: Marsden Street, Elder Yard Chapel and Circuit (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : United Free Methodist)

Baptisms, 1887-1951 Author: United Methodist Free Church (Hollins, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Baptisms, 1887-1960 Author: Pratt Hall Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : United Methodist Free)

Births and baptisms, 1786-1837, and burials, 1787-1837 Author: Soresby Street Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Independent)

Births and baptisms, 1807-1837 Author: Wesleyan Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Births and burials, 1776-1837 Author: Society of Friends. Chesterfield Monthly Meeting (Derbyshire)

Births, marriages and burials, 1632-1835 Author: Society of Friends. Chesterfield Monthly Meeting (Derbyshire)

Bishop's transcripts for Bakewell; Buxton; Sheldon; Taddington; Monyash., 1614-1883 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bakewell (Derbyshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Buxton (Derbyshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Sheldon (Derbyshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Taddington and Priestcliffe (Derbyshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Monyash (Derbyshire)

Bishop's transcripts St. Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield, 1665-1883 Author: Church of England. St. Mary and All Saints Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Chesterfield Parish register Author: Nolan, Dorothy M.; Watkinson, Wilfrid J.; Riden, Philip; Church of England. St. Mary and All Saints Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Church rate assessments, 1817, 1825-1827, 1846-1847, 1849-1851, 1853-1854 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Chesterfield (Derbyshire)

Church records for the Annunciation Church, Chesterfield, 1737-1950 Author: Catholic Church. The Annunciation Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Church records, 1847-1912 Author: Primitive Methodist Church. Chesterfield Circuit (Derbyshire)

Church registers, Elder Yard Presbyterian Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire), 1705-1837 Author: Elder Yard Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Presbyterian)

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield Holy Trinity Church, parish registers, 1906-1983 Author: Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Christ Church, parish registers, 1883-1989 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Holywell Cross Primitive Methodist Chapel, church records, 1899-1968 Author: Holywell Cross Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Primitive Methodist); Holywell Cross Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Marsden Street United Methodist Church, church records, 1912-1963 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Mount Zion Chatsworth Road Primitive Methodist church, church records, 1900-1976 Author: Mount Zion Chatsworth Road Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Primitive Methodist); Mount Zion Chatsworth Road Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Old Hall Road Wesleyan Methodist chapel, church records, 1925-1973 Author: Old Hall Road Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Wesleyan Methodist); Old Hall Road Chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, parish registers Author: Derbyshire Record Office; University of York. Borthwick Institute

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Sheepbridge, Sheffield Road Methodist Church, church records, 1940-1967 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Sheepbridge, United Methodist Free Chapel, church records, 1904-1936 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Sheepridge Ebenezer Methodist Chapel, church records, 1890-1969 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, St. Augustine Church, parish registers, 1906-1987 Author: Church of England. St. Augustine Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, St. Mary and All Saints Church, parish registers, 1908-1976 Author: Church of England. St. Mary and All Saints Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Wesley Hall Hallis Lane Wesleyan Methodist chapel, church records, 1924-1970 Author: Wesley Hall Hallis Lane chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Wesleyan Methodist); Wesley Hall Hallis Lane chapel (Chesterfield, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

The feudal history of the county of Derby (chiefly during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries) Author: Yeatman, John Pym, b. 1820; Liverpool, Cecil George Savile Foljambe, Earl of, 1846-1907; Sitwell, George Reresby

Parish chest records of Calow (Derbyshire), 1682-1905 Author: Calow (Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

Parish chest records, 1812-1892 Author: Chesterfield (Derbyshire)

Parish registers for Holy Trinity Church, Chesterfield, 1838-1940 Author: Church of England. Holy Trinity Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Parish registers for St. Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterfield, 1558-1971 Author: Church of England. St. Mary and All Saints Church (Chesterfield, Derbyshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Calow (Derbyshire)

Record of Members : 1883 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Chesterfield Branch (Derbyshire)

Record of members, 1841-1901 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Chesterfield Branch (Derbyshire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sheffield Conference (Yorkshire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Calver Branch (Derbyshire)

Record of members, 1843-1922 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sheffield Conference (Yorkshire)

Church Records - Indexes

Computer printout of Chesterfield, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Chesterfield, Elder Yard Chapel Presbyterian, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Chesterfield, Methodist, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Chesterfield, Soresby Street Independent, Derby., Eng

Parish printout of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England (Chesterfield, Non Conformist)

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derby, England (Presbyterian, Elder Yard) ; christenings, 1723-1748, 1760-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derby, England ; christenings, 1665-1810 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derby, England ; marriages, 1558-1742 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derby, England ; marriages, 1665-1810 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derby, England ; marriages, 1813-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England (Independent, Soresby Street Chapel) ; christenings, 1786-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England (Methodist) ; christenings, 1807-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England ; christenings, 1558-1743 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England ; christenings, 1813-1875 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Cemeteries

Cemetery records, 1857-1997 Author: Spittal Cemetery (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Cemetery records, 1883-1997 Author: Hasland Cemetery (Hasland, Derbyshire)

Cemetery records, 1908-1997 Author: Normanton-Temple Cemetery (Normanton-Temple, Derbyshire)

Cemetery records, 1919-1997 Author: Boythorpe Cemetery (Chesterfield, Derbyshire)

Chesterfield and Tapton Cemetery, 1871 Author: Chesterfield and Tapton Parishes. Burial Board (Derbyshire)

The exhumation of the remains of Kate Docherty from Staveley Cemetery Author: Chesterfield Borough Council (Derbyshire)

Memorial inscriptions : Chesterfield parish church graves register, memorials in Chesterfield Church, Chesterfield and district Co-operative Society opening plaque and war memorial, Clay Cross Central Methodist Church, Clay Cross Junior School foundation stone, Clay Cross Library foundation stone, Tupton Hall School, Clay Cross roll of honour, Clay Cross war memorial Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

The Memorial inscriptions of Christ Church, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Author: Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group

The Memorial inscriptions of Holy Trinity Church, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Author: Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group

Monumental inscriptions of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Cemetery

Removal of graves and tombstones from Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield

Removal of human remains from the society of friends burial ground, Saltergate, Chesterfield

United Reform Church memorials Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

Poorhouses & Poor Law

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, poor law records, 1811-1840 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Workhouse (later Scarsdale hospital), poor law records, 1838-1905 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

Parish chest records of Calow (Derbyshire), 1682-1905 Author: Calow (Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

Parish chest records, 1812-1892 Author: Chesterfield (Derbyshire)

Probate Records

Chesterfield wills and inventories, 1521-1603 Author: Church of England. Diocese of Lichfield. Episcopal Consistory Court; Bestall, John M., d. 1973; Fowkes, Dudley V.

Chesterfield wills and inventories, 1604-1650 Author: Bestall, John M., d. 1973; Fowkes, Dudley V.; Church of England. Diocese of Lichfield. Episcopal Consistory Court

Directories

Chesterfield year book and directory

Morris and Co.'s commercial directory and gazetteer of Nottinghamshire with Grantham, Chesterfield and Gainsborough,

Genealogy - Periodicals

Magazine (Chesterfield and District Family History Society) Author: Chesterfield and District Family History Society

History

The book of Chesterfield : a portrait of the town Author: Cooper, Roy

History of Chesterfield Author: Fowkes, Dudley V.; Bestall, John M., d. 1973; Riden, Philip; Blair, John

The history of Chesterfield : with particulars of the hamlets contiguous to the town, and descriptive accounts of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Bolsover castle Author: Hall, George

The history of the borough of Chesterfield : with some account of the hundred of Scarsdale Author: Yeatman, John Pym, b. 1820

Some observations upon the law of ancient demesne : with suggestions as to the origin of the families of Brewer, Brito, Hardwick and Cavendish, the ancient lords of the manor of Chesterfield ... Author: Yeatman, John Pym, b. 1820

Schools

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Grammar School, admission registers, 1846-1935 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Hunloke Secondary Girls School, admission registers, 1918-1927 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Saint Helena Girls High School, admission registers, 1892-1931 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Whittington Moor Peter Webster school, admission registers, 1899-1940 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

Vital Records

England, Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Scarsdale Hospital, vital records, 1943-1952 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Adlington Jonathan, Chesterfield, Derbysh., mercer and draper. March 26, 1830.

Bainbridge Robt., Chesterfield, grocer and earthenware manufr., July 21, 1829.

Beardmore Joseph; and John Walker Waterhouse; Chesterfield, lace manufacturers, Nov. 28, 1837.

Bee Joseph, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, butcher, Nov. 27, 1827.

Bridge Jacoh, sen., Chesterfield ; Jacob Bridge, jun., Whittington ; George Smith, Chesterfield ; and Joseph Smith, Sheffield ; excavators, Feb. 20, 1838.

Burnand John, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, coach proprietor, Dec. 7, 1827.

Burrows Emanuel, Chesterfield & Warsop, maltster and miller Nov 25 1836