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Eckington, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Eckington, a township, a parish, and the head of a petty sessional division in Derbyshire. The township lies on the river Pother, adjacent to the M.R., the M.S. & L.R., and the Chesterfield Canal, 6 miles NNE of Chesterfield, and has two stations on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Rotherham. The parish contains also Bole Hill, Bramlev, Ford, Holbrook, Moorhole, Troway, Renishaw, Ridgeway, and Mosborough. Acreage of the civil parish, 7125; population, 12,357; of the ecclesiastical, 10,169. The working of coal has recently been much extended; the principal industry is the manufacture of sickles, and there is also an iron foundry and sawmill. At Renishaw there are large ironworks and furnaces. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £558 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church is an old Norman building, and was restored in 1873. There are Wesleyan, Free, and Primitive Methodist chapels, a Roman Catholic church and college, and an endowed free school. There are a cemetery, opened in 1877, a market hall and assembly rooms, erected in 1879, and a county police station. Markets are held on Friday. There are two recreation grounds.

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 parishEckington St. Peter and St. Paul 
Poor Law unionChesterfield 

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 Eckington 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 Eckington 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:

DistrictNorth East Derbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtS21
Post TownSheffield