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  • St Werburgh, Blackwell by Alfreton, Church of England


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

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

Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 193
1851 H.O. 107 / 2123
1891 R.G. 12 / 2650


  • St Werburgh, Blackwell by Alfreton, Church of England

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Werburg.

  • The church was rebuilt in 1827-28.

  • The church was rebuilt again in 1879.

  • The church seats 220.

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St.Werburgh's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • Steve SPENCER has provided a pop-up window of Blackwell burials in a text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.

  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Werburgh's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1875.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"A parish and pleasant village, 3½ miles N.E. from Alfreton, and in 1851 had 467 inhabitants. The Church, dedicated to St. Werburgh, is a handsome stone edifice. The living is a vicarage; the Rev. Thomas Leeson Cursham, D.C.L., incumbent."
[Ex. Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

The parish is just west of the M1, south of Tibshelf, off junction 28.

Stop by the Community Hall and get a schedule of forth-coming events.

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Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK444584 (Lat/Lon: 53.120916, -1.338012), Blackwell which are provided by:

Military History

Military Records

There are 4 Commonwealth War Grave from World War I in St. Werburgh's churchyard:

  1. W. DICKENS, priv., 4th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 1 Nov. 1917.
  2. Frederic Stanley PEARCE, albe seaman, H.M.S. Vivid, RN Vol. Rsrv., died 1 Aug. 1918. Son of George and Elizabeth PEARCE.
  3. Cornelius PITT, lance corp., 11th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 27, died 3 May 1917. Husband of Mary Jane PITT.
  4. W. A. C. SALMOND, lieut.-Commander, H.M.S. Whirlwind, Royal Navy, age 30, died 20 Mar, 1921. Son of Walter and Mary A. SALMOND of Newton Old Hall, Alfreton.

And two for World War II:

  1. Jack SLACK, sapper, 59 field co. Royal Engineers, died 1 Fev. 1943.
  2. F. W. SMITH, sergeant, RAF, age 21, died 28 Nov. 1943. Son of Thomas and Ethel SMITH, of Newton.

Politics and Government

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

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.