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Claycross or Claylane, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Claycross or Claylane, a township and a chapelry in North Wingfield parish, Derbyshire. The township lies on the M.R., 4¼ miles S of Chesterfield, and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Chesterfield, both of the name of Claycross. Acreage, 1326; population, 7143. The chapelry was constituted in 1852, and is more extensive than the township. Population, 8583. There are extensive collieries and ironworks, an institute, and a public hall, built at a cost of £4000. The living is a vicarage with Handley and Danesmoor annexed½ in the diocese of Southwell; joint net value, £286 with residence. Patron, the Rector of North Wingfield. The church was built in 1851, and is in the Early English style. There are four Methodist, a Roman Catholic, and Baptist chapels.

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

Church Records

Ancestry.co.uk, 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.


Land and Property

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


Newspapers and Periodicals

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