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Archives and Libraries

The Eckington Library on Market Street near Southgate is closed Wednesdays and Sundays. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your searches.

Troway hamlet is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops in Rush Lane every fourth Monday in the early afternoon.



  • The Eckington Cemetery was opened on the Sheffield Road in October, 1877, and covered about 6 acres.
  • The cemetery is just north of the village on the B4084.
  • There is a write-up on the Cemetery's history at the Parish Council website. You will note that that web page has a button regarding cemetery records. Please note that they are not free.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Mortuary arch in the cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.



  • The parish was in the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 195
1861 R.G. 9 / 2534
1891 R.G. 12 / 2770 & 2771
1901 R.G. 13 / 3258 & 3259


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


Church History

  • At the 1086 Domesday Survey there was a priest working here, but no church.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Petrer and Saint Paul.
  • The church appears to date from the 12th century and parts have been dated to King Stephen's reign (1135 -1154).
  • The church has been through several restorations and alterations over the centuries.
  • The church is a grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Bill HENDERSON has a photograph of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
  • Steven RUFFLES also has a photograph of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.

Church Records

  • There are extracts from the Bishop's Transcripts for 1664-1865 online at Derbyshire Genealogy.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1807.
  • The Association Methodists built a chapel here in 1837.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists also built a chapel in Mosborough in 1839.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists also had a small chapel in Marsh Lane in Troway in 1912.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a small chapel in Mosborough in 1830.
  • The United Methodists built a small chapel in Troway prior to 1912.
  • The Roman Catholics built a church in the hamlet of Spink Hill (in Renishaw) in 1845. This building is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the current Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall on High Street on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Civil Registration

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

Correctional Institutions

  • In 1852, a courthouse with a lock-up was built in the village near the White Hart Hotel. The author does not know what records may exist for this facility.

Description and Travel

"ECKINGTON is a populous village and township, in the parish of its name, and hundred of Scarsdale; the village is situate seven miles N.E. from Chesterfield, the like distance S.E. from Sheffield, and three N. from Staveley. The lands of this parish are chiefly appropriated to agriculture; in some of the townships scythes and sickles are manufactured in considerable quantities, and nails, in the village, but not so extensively."

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

The parish covered 6,934 acres in 1857. The following places are in the parish:

  1. The hamlet of Mosborough one mile north of Eckington village. It had been a Roman settlement.
  2. The hamlet of Renishaw two miles east, across the river Rother. An Anglican church was built here in 1908
  3. The hamlet of Spink Hill 2 miles east. A mission Catholic Chapel stood here, as did a Catholic Jesuit College.
  4. The hamlet of Troway 2.5 miles west of Eckington village. Troway had a colliery in 1912.

Eckington has a "bus station" (a mild exaggeration) on Pinfold Street. Richard VINCE has a photograph of the Bus Station on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2017.

The parish is bounded on the east by the river Rother, with Yorkshire to the north.

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Historical Geography

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




Military History

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Eckington War Memorial at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • The Marsh Lane War Memorial is in the heart of the hamlet near the Butcher's Arms public house.
  • Neli THEASBY has a photograph of the War Memorial in Mill Road in Marsh Lane at Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • J. THOMAS also has a photograph of the War Memorial in Mill Road in Marsh Lane at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.
  • Neli THEASBY has a photograph of the War Memorial in Marsh Lane, west of Eckington, at Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.
  • Colonel Reginald Walkelyne CHANDOS-POLE lived in Spink Hill in 1912..

Military Records


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).
  • You may contact the Eckington Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT be able to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • The Common Land was inclosed here in 1795.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.


Eckington Public Elementary School was built in 1874 for 264 boys, 220 girls and 236 infants.

Camm's Endowed (mixed and infants) School was built in 1832 and later enlarged to hold 237 mixed and 115 infants.

Mosborough's Endowed Public Elementary School was built in 1823 and enlarged in 1872, 1907 and again in 1912 to hold 320 mixed and 140 infants.

The Half-Way Mosborough Public Elementary School was built in 1877 for 191 mixed and 89 infants.

Renishaw Public Elementary School was built in 1873 for 182 boys and girls and 75 infants.

The Marsh Lane Public Elementary School was built in 1873 for 148 boys and girls and 92 infants.

A Catholic (mixed and infants) school was built in Spink Hill in 1853 for 218 boys and girls and 160 infants.