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North Wingfield


Archives and Libraries

Danesmoor township is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop every fourth Wednesday in the late morning.

Tupton township is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes three stops every fourth Wednesday in the afternoon.

The Mobile Library also stops at the Miners’ Welfare Car Park every fourth Tuesday in the late morning.





  • The parish was in the Chesterfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525 thru 2527 
1881 R.G. 11 / 3430
1891 R.G. 12 / 2758


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was originally dedicated to Saint Lawrence, but was subsequently transferred (date not reported) to Saint Helen.
  • The church was originally built before 1321.
  • The church was repaired and reroofed in 1880.
  • The churchyard was enlarged by two acres in 1887.
  • The church seats 400.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Lawrence Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1567, but some early portions are illegible.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Lawrence's Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • Michael SPENCER has extracted a number of North Wingfield burials for your review.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.
  • The Methodist New Connection and Primitive Methodists had chapels here by 1891.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel in Ling's Row here by 1891.
  • The Primitive Methodists, Free Methodists and Methodist New Connection had a chapels in Tupton here by 1891.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"NORTH WINGFIELD, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 4 miles S.E, of Chesterfield. It is situated on the river Rother, and the Roman Icknield Street near the line of the North Midland railway, which has a station at Clay Cross, where it is carried through a tunnel 1,760 yards long, 22 feet wide, and 26 high. The expense of constructing this tunnel is said to have been £100 per yard, or £176,000. The parish comprises 7,603 acres, and has increased in population from 3,144 in 1841 to 7,339 in 1861, or more than double in 20 years."

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

The parish included the townships of Williamsthorpe, Clay Lane, Pilsley, Stretton, Tupton and Woodthorpe. Pilsley became a separate parish, and Clay Lane, Stretton and Woodthorpe later formed Clay Cross parish.

Tupton is a township about two miles north-west of North Wingfield village. Clay Cross RR Station is in this township.

Andrew HILL has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.

You can see pictures of North Wingfield which are provided by:





Ask for a calculation of the distance from North Wingfield to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



There was a Humber ferry called the "PSS Wingfield Castle". She was a paddle-wheel ferry, launched in 1934. Her need as a ferry ended 40 years later when the Humber Bridge opened in 1974. She part of the "Hartlepool's Maritime Experience",


Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Military Records

There are five Commonwealth War Graves in St. Lawrence's churchyard from World War I. They are for:

  1. F. EDGE, priv., Sherwood For. 1st Batln., died 12 July 1916
  2. G. P. DAY, lance bomb., Royal Gar. Artillery, age 31, died 18 Oct. 1918
  3. Harry BRAMLEY, priv., RASC, age 26, died 13 Feb. 1919
  4. G. T. FOSTER, priv., Sherwood For., died 16 Dec. 1920
  5. G. LEVERETT, serj., Sherwood For., died 23 July 1921

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Lawrence's churchyard from World War II. They are for:

  1. William Richard CLARK, pilot off., RAF Vol. Reserve, age 31, died 18 March 1942
  2. Sam Tunnicliffe (Peter) DANIELS, Flying off., RAF Vol. Reserve, died 8 June 1943

Names, Geographical

"Wingfield" is from the Old English "winn + feld", meaning "open land used for pasture".  It appeard in 1002 as wynnefeld.
[A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]


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 local parish council regarding civic or political issues, but they can NOT do family history work for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.


North Winfield and Tupton are included in the Clay Lane United School District.

In 1883 a Pub;lic Elementary School was erected in North Wingfield.

In 1875 a Public Elementary School was erected in Tupton. This was enlarged a few years later.



Check in with the North Wingfield Local History Group on Facebook.

This group often holds an exhibition at the Grassmoor Community Centre.