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Clay Cross


Archives and Libraries

The Clay Cross Library in Kenning Park on Holmgate Road near Peters Avenue is open six days a week. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your search.

Clay Cross Holmgate is also served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop here near the Sunflower Nursery every fourth Wednesday in the late morning.



  • WOMBWELL, Margaret - I Remember Clay Cross. DCC Cultural & Community Services, 2008. No ISBN. Added 7 Nov 2008.


  • Clay Cross Cemetery opened as 4 acres with two mortuary chapels. It must have opened around 1878, but the date in not reported. It was run by a burial board within the Parish Council.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Cemetery and chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.
  • In 2010, the North East Derbyshire District Council adopted responsibility for Clay Cross Cemetery. All enquiries must now go through the NEDDC.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Parkhouse Pit Explosion Monument at the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2000.



  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The parish is listed as Clay Lane on some census returns.
  • There are good records at Neil WILSON's website on Clay Cross on Rootsweb.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525 & 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2757 & 2758


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Clay Cross area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Barrtholomew.
  • The church was built in 1849-51.
  • The church could seat 450.
  • The churchyard was closed for internment in 1878-79.
  • The church of Saint Barnabas was built in Danesmoor in 1883 as a chapel of ease.
  • The chapel of ease could seat 220.
  • St. Barnabas closed around 2006 and was demolished early the following year.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1851. Entries prior to that date are in the North Wingfield church register.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Lawrence's Church North Wingfield also includes Marriages 1852 - 1860 and Burials 1852 - 1891 for Clay Cross.
  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • We also have a partial extract of Parish Register baptisms in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1848.
  • A Primitve Methodist chapel was built here in 1849.
  • A Baptist chapel was built here in 1862.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.
  • The Catholic church is dedicated to Saint Patrick and Saint Bridget and was built in 1862 and enlarged in 1882.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"CLAYCROSS, (or Claylane) a township in the parish of North Wingfield, in the hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 5 miles S. of Chesterfield, its post town. It is a station on the Midland railway. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £60, to which the Claycross Coal Company make a grant of £50, in the patronage of the Rector of North Wingfield. The church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, was erected by subscription in 1851. It is a handsome stone edifice in the early English style."

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

Claycross is 139 miles north of the City of London and 5 miles south of Chesterfield. Danesmoor is a hamlet just on the eastern edge of Claycross.

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Historical Geography

  • Egstow, formerly a parish in its own right was incorporated in the civil parish of Clay Cross in 1935.
    (Ref: The Place-Names of Derbyshire, K. Cameron, Cambridge University Press, 1959)

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


Military History

  • In 1912, G Company of the 6th Territorial Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters were headquartered here at the Drill Hall. Sergt.-Major John SHEPPARD was the drill instructor.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial at the Traces of War website.
  • Alan HEARDMAN's original photograph of the War Memorial is on the Geo-graph website, taken in April, 2000.
  • Alan HEARDMAN also has a photograph of the Danesmoor War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007.

Military Records


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Derbyshire.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • This township was incorporated as a separate Civil Parish in December, 1866, under the name "Clay Lane Civil Parish".
  • This parish in 1875 adopted an Urban District Council status to manage a slightly wider area.
  • You may contact the Clay Cross Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT available to do family history searches for you.
  • The North East Derbyshire District Council provides district governanace for this area.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Clay Cross petty session hearings held every other Wednesday at 11:30am .
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.