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Archives and Libraries

The Clowne Library on Recreation Close is closed Wednesdays and Sundays. They do not have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you, but they do have free Internet access.



John SLATER has a photograph of the Clowne and Barlborough burial ground on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.

Michael PATTERSON also has a photograph of the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.



  • The parish was in the Carburton sub-distgrict of the Worksop Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422
1871 R.G. 10 / 3463
1891 R.G. 12 / 2647


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the 12th century, but the specific date is unreported.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Bill HENDERSON provides a photograph of St John The Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1509 for all entries, but early years are in bad condition.
  • We have a pop-up window of partially extracted Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • The Primitive Methodiss built a small stone chapel here in 1834.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1837.
  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the North Road Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Carburton sub-distgrict of the Worksop Registration District.

Description and Travel

"CLOWN, a village and parish, in the same hundred as Whitwell, is about three miles N.W. from that village, two S.S.E. from Barlhorough, and three and a half N. from Bolsover. In the neighbourhood of the village coal and lime-stone are obtained, and there is a small manufactory for sail-cloth; but the inhabitants are chiefly employed in agricultural labours. There is a chalybeate spring, called Shuttlewood Spa, in this parish; and a piece of water, called Harlesthorpe Dam, covering about four acres."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish is 9 miles northeast of Chesterfield, covers 1,922 acres and includes the hamlets of Damsbrook, Hickin Wood and Halsthorpe (or Harlesthorpe). The village of Clowne has a website.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Clowne is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The plague raged though the village in 1586 and again in 1606. The victims were buried away from the village in Monument Field.
  • The village grew exponentially with the 19th century growth of the coal mines.
  • For more history, visit the Clowne Historic Site.

Military History

  • During World War One, there was an Elmton Red Cross Hospital here.

Military Records

  • Visit the the Clowne Roll of Honour site to see a list of those who fell in the two world wars and a photo of the monument.

Names, Geographical

From the Clowne Parish Council site:

"Clowne has adopted many names over its 1000 year history, however it all began with 'Clun', which is thought to be a Celtic word meaning ‘spring’, relating to the abundance of life giving natural springs located in and around the town. Clowne has been known through the years as Clune, Clon, Clouen and Clown."

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 in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Clowne Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but please do NOT ask them to do family history searches for you.
  • Representatives from the four Parish Councils of Clowne, Whitwell, Barlborough and Creswell were elected in 1894 to serve on Clowne Rural District Council which governed the area until authority was transferred to Bolsover District Council in 1974.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



In 1877 villagers of Clowne formed the Clowne School Board.