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Ault Hucknall



  • The parish was in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2649


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

  • The church was built in the Norman period.

  • The church contains the tomb of philosopher Thomas HOBBES, who died in December, 1679 at age 91.

  • The church was repaired in 1850.

  • The church was restored in 1887.

  • The church seats 250.

  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2002.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1660 for all entries.

  • Marriages at Hault (Ault) Hucknall, 1660-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a small chapel here in 1835.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"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."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ault Hucknall has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • Mary, Queen of Scots, was kept as a prisoner here in Hardwick Hall from 1568 to 1584.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK467652 (Lat/Lon: 53.181841, -1.302657), Ault Hucknall which are provided by:

Military History

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Derbyshire War Memorials site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.