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Blackwell, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Blackwell, a parish, including the hamlets of Hillcote and Newton, in Derbyshire. The parish lies on the verge of the county, and has a station (Westhouses and Blackwell) on the M.R., 137 miles from London. It has a post and money order office under Alfreton; telegraph office, Tibshelf and Newton (R.S.) Acreage, 1739; population, 3140. There are extensive collieries, and the district is noted for its cheese. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church was rebuilt in 1827-28 and enlarged in 1879. There are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels. An institute and reading-room was erected by the Blackwell Colliery Company in 1878. The same company also support a colliery hospital.

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 parishBlackwell St. Werburgh 
Poor Law unionMansfield 

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

Church Records

The register of St. Werburgh dates from the year 1685.

The Wesleyan chapel is registered for solemnization of marriages., 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. Saviour's Mission church, Westhouses

St. Saviour's Mission church, at Westhouses, erected in 1898, at a cost of about £350, is a structure of iron, and will seat 150 persons.

St. Werburgh (parish church)

The church of St. Werburgh is a small edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower containing 5 bells, dated respectively 1878, 1611, 1587 and 2 hung in 1902 in commemoration of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria: the church, with the exception of part of the arcade on the north side, was rebuilt in 1824-5, and again rebuilt and enlarged, with the exception of the tower, in 1879, at a cost of £2,260, under the direction of Mr. J. B. Mitchell-Withers, architect, of Sheffield; in 1891 the church was decorated at a cost of £100, and a brass lectern provided; the church affords 220 sittings: in the south-east corner of the churchyard is an old Runic stone, supposed to be part of an ancient cross, coeval with and closely resembling the cross at Taddington; it stands 5 feet out of the ground and measures 16 inches by 12 inches; the east and west sides are carved with interlacing knot work and the north and south with circular braids.


Wesleyan Chapel

The Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1875 with seating for 500 persons, and has a minister's residence attached.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Blackwell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Blackwell are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE55
Post TownAlfreton