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Beighton, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Beighton, a village and a parish in Derbyshire. The parish lies on the river Rother, and on the M.S. & L.R., 4 miles N of Eckington; and comprises, besides the charmingly situated village of its own name, the hamlets of Birley, Hackenthorpe, Sothal, and Waterthorpe. It has a station on the railway and a post office under Rotherham. Acreage, 3136; population, 2852. Medicinal waters which have been long in repute are at Birley, and scythes, sickles, and reaping hooks are manufactured at Hackenthorpe. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £213. Patron, Earl Manvers. The church was partly restored, partly rebuilt, in 1869. A very handsome room, built by the Earl of Manvers, which serves as a Sunday school and a parish room, was opened in 1893. There are Wesleyan and Methodist chapels, and a new Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1890.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishBeighton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionRotherham 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Beighton 1653-1837, Derbyshire, is available to browse online.

The parish registers date from the year 1653, and are in good condition., 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.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower containing 6 bells: the church was restored in 1868: there are several stained windows and sittings for 310 persons.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1890.

United Methodist Chapel
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The new Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1905, at a cost of £2,000.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Beighton from the following:

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c