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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Eckington St. Peter and St. Paul|
|Poor Law union||Chesterfield|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Eckington from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Eckington (St. Peter and St. Paul))
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: