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  • The parish was in the Dronfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2772


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Holmesfield area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry to the parish of Dronfield.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Swithin.

  • The church was built in 1826.

  • The ecclesiastical parish was formed from Dronfiel's church parish in 1857.

  • The church chancel was built in 1898.

  • This church seats 400.

  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Church of St. Swithin on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1720 for marriages and 1724 for burials and baptisms.

  • We have a pop-up window of Holmesfield burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.

  • The parish had a Wesleyan chapel by 1868. At last report (Mike Spencer, 2012), this chapel was "in a sorry state."

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Dronfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Holmesfield which are provided by:
"HOLMESFIELD township and village, in the parish of Dronfield, is very pleasantly situate, about one mile from that town, and between seven and eight miles north-west from Chesterfield: it cannot be marked as a place of trade, but the neighbourhood is highly respectable, and contains several very genteel habitations. The population of the township in 1831 was 499, being the exact number of inhabitants as returned at the preceding census."

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

Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Holmesfield 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 SK321777 (Lat/Lon: 53.295278, -1.519862), Holmesfield which are provided by:

Military History

Military Records

Politics and Government

  • This place was formed as a modern Civil Parish in 1857.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.

Social life and Customs

  • The Robin Hood Inn at Holmesfield has the typical outward appearance of several of the old inns in this area of the county - parts of the building are said to date back over 300 years. Its position on the B6054, between two major roads - the A61 (Sheffield to Chesterfield) and A621 (Sheffield to Baslow), would have made it readily accessible from both Sheffield and Chesterfield. Inside, the lounge retains its traditional open fireplaces and stone flagged floors.

  • [The above information is left over from when there used to be a website, showing a nice photograph of the Inn. I so hate deleting all references to links!]