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  • The parish was in the Aston sub-district of the Rotherham Registration District up until mid-1895.

  • In a July 1895 district re-organization, this parish was transferred to the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 3502
1871 R.G. 10 / 4701
1891 R.G. 12 / 3844


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.

  • The church was reputedly built in the 11th century.

  • The church is on Church Lane, but the burial ground is now on School Road.

  • The church was restored and partially rebuilt in 1868.

  • David MORRIS has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the ancient church steps on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653 and is in good condition.

  • The church register is deposited at the Sheffield Archives and are on fiche at the Eckington Library.

  • Monument Inscriptions from the graveyard have been recorded and are on deposit at the Sheffield Archives (as of 2003).

  • Marriages at Beighton, 1653-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Beighton burials in a text file for your review. At the moment, we have only one entry. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.

  • The Independentsts (United Free Church) built a small chapel here which was later demolished.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a small chapel here in 1849 called "The Reform Chapel". This building was later demolished.

  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Aston sub-district of the Rotherham Registration District up until mid-1895.

  • In a July 1895 district re-organization, this parish was transferred to the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BEIGHTON, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 7 miles to the S.E. of Sheffield, its post town, and 10 N.E. of Chesterfield. The Midland, and the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire railways pass near the village, and have stations at Eckington and Woodhouse Mill. The approach to the village from Eckington is through a massive stone cutting."

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

The parish cover almost 3,100 acres and is bordered by Yorkshire on the east and north, across the River Rother. The Chesterfield Canal cuts through the north-east portion of the parish. Birley, Frecheville, Hackenthorpe and Sothal (or Southal) Waterthorpe are hamlets in this parish.

The village was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. In 1967 the city of Sheffield expanded its boundaries to include this parish within its urban borders. So the parish is now, technically, in Yorkshire.

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Historical Geography

  • "Includes Birley, Hackenthorpe and Frecheville. Now in City of Sheffield and since 1974 in Sheffield diocese."
    (Ref: Derbyshire Record Office: Catalogue of Parish Registers)

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



  • The parish used to hold its annual Feast Day during the first week in August.

  • In the 1800s the parish was known for the scythes and sickles manufactured at Hackenthorpe.

  • In the 1950s, massive housing development encroached from nearby Sheffield. In April, 1967, the city of Sheffield incorporated Beighton within its borders.

Military History

  • On 11-Feb-1942 a troop train carrying 400 naval and military personnel crashed at Beighton station. 14 soldiers and sailors were killed and 35 injured.

  • Bombs and land mines were dropped on Sheffield during World War II. Some of these blew out windows in the High Street, but there were no casualties in this parish.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in Beighton Cemetery, both from World War II:

  1. Robert POOLE, gunner, 54 Lt. A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery, age 44, died 10 July 1943. Son of James and Agnes Laura POOLE.
  2. Frederick SCARFE, priv., General Service Corps, age 18, died 18 March 1946. Son of Frederick and Ellen SCARFE.

Politics and Government

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

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

  • In April, 1967, this Civil Parish was abolished and the land was given over to Aston Civil Parish and Eckington Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1800.

  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Rotherham, Yorkshire, Poorlaw Union.

  • In a July 1895 district re-organization, this parish was transferred of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.