"AULT-HUCKNALL, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 6½ miles to the S.E. of Chesterfield, its post town, and 5½ N.W. of Mansfield. It is situated in a pleasant country, and contains the hamlets of Rowthorne, Stainsby, Hardwick, Harstoft, and Astwith. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £168, in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire, who is lord of the manor. The church contains a monument to Anne, first Countess of Devonshire, who died in 1598, and also one in memory of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who died herein 1679."
The parish was devastated by the Black Death in 1666.
Mary, Queen of Scots, was kept as a prisoner here in Hardwick Hall from 1568 to 1584.
In St. John's Church, in the Hardwick chapel, beneath a plain slab of ’black marble, is the tomb of the philosopher Thomas HOBBES, known as “Hobbes of Malmesbury,” born there 15 April 1588. He died in Hardwick Hall on 4 Dec. 1679.