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Mackworth, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Mackworth, a township and a parish in Derbyshire. The township lies on an affluent of the river Derwent, S miles WNW of Derby railway station, contains remains of a fine old gateway, formerly an entrance to Mackworth Castle belonging to Lord Scarsdale, and has a post and money order office under Derby; telegraph office, Mickleover (R.S.). Acreage, 1407; population, 237. The parish contains also the township of Markeaton, and comprises 3274 acres; population, 454. The ecclesiastical parish also includes that part of Markeaton township which, under the Derby Corporation Act, 1890, is comprised within the municipal borough of Derby under the name of Rowditch. Population, 1361. The manors, with Markeaton Hall, belong to the Mundy family. Mackworth House, Bowbridge, and Thornhill in Rowditch, are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £175 with residence. The church is Decorated English, consists of nave, aisles, and deep chancel, with fine tower and octagonal spire, was thoroughly restored in 1851, has a memorial E window, and contains a modern font of Caen stone, a pulpit of alabaster and marble, a very fine marble and alabaster reredos in the Florentine style, and elaborate altar rails of purest white alabaster inlaid with valuable marbles.

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 parishMackworth All Saints 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionBelper 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Mackworth 1603-1812, Derbyshire is available to browse online., 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.

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 Mackworth 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 Mackworth 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:

DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE22
Post TownDerby