Dronfield Derbyshire Family History Guide

Dronfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire.

Other places in the parish include: Little Barlow, Totley, Unstone, and Coal Aston.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1560
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1670

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Holmesfield
  • Ridgeway
  • Norton
  • Staveley
  • Chesterfield Holy Trinity
  • Whittington
  • Dore
  • Barlow

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DRONFIELD, a village, a township, and a sub-district in Chesterfield district, Derby; and a parish partly also in Ecclesall-Bierlow district. The village stands on a branch of the river Rother, 5½ miles W of Eckington r. station, and 6 NNW of Chesterfield; is a neat place, with many respectable houses; was known at Domesday as Dranefield; has a post office under Sheffield, and fairs on the Wednesday after 12 March, 25 April, 11 Aug., and the Thursday after 12 Oct.; and was formerly a market-town. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. Real property, £10,940; of which £2,184 are in mines. Pop., 2,998. Houses, 641. The sub-district contains also four other. townships of Dronfield parish, and a chapelry in Stavely parish. Acres, 19,340. Pop., 5,689. Houses, 1,189. The parish comprises the townships of Dronfield, Unstone, Coal-Aston, Holmesfield and Little Barlow in Chesterfield district, and those of Dore and Totley in Ecclesall-Bierlow district. Acres, 15,580. Real property, £25,873; of which £2,196 are in mines. Pop., 6,013. Houses, 1,265. The property is much subdivided. Coal is worked; hardware is manufactured; and there is a sulphureous spring. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £224. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church stands on an elevation near the village; is decorated English; has a fine tower and spire; had formerly a chantry; and contains a brass of two priests of 1399. The p. curacies of Dore and Holmesfield are separate benefices. There are an Independent chapel, a Baptist chapel, seven Methodist chapels, two free schools, and charities £149.

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


Dronfield Derbyshire Marriages 1560-1837 - UK Genealogy Archives


County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Chesterfield
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Brampton
Poor Law Union: Chesterfield
Hundred: Scarsdale
Province: Canterbury