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Riddings, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Riddings, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Alfreton parish, Derbyshire. The village stands half a mile W of Pye Bridge railway station, and 2¼ miles SW by S of Alfreton,. and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Alfreton. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1835,. and comprises part of the village of Somercotes and the hamlets of Pye Bridge and Greenhill Lane. Population,. 5615. Riddings House is the seat of the Oakes family, who are lords of the manor. There are collieries, almost exhausted, and iron mines and ironworks, and they have ready facility of conveyance by the Erewash railway and the Cromford Canal. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of Somercotes, in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £315 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Alfreton. The church was built in 1832 at a cost of £4000, and was restored in 1885; is in the Early English style; and has a. tower and lofty spire. There are Baptist, Congregational, and Wesleyan chapels, and a working men's association with library, billiard-room, &c.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Civil parishAlfreton 
Poor Law unionBelper 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Riddings from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE55
Post TownAlfreton