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  • SMITH, Frank - A Complete History of Pinxton. Self published, 1994 ISBN 10: 0952472007.


  • The parish was in the Blackwell sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 195
1861 R.G. 9 / 2425
1891 R.G. 12 / 2651


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen (or Helena).
  • The church was built in 1299 from the remains of a small Norman castle.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1790, saving the south tower and the old building as a transept. (One source gives the date as 1750,)
  • A new church porch and north aisle were added in 1939.
  • The church seats 180.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2015.

Church Records

  • Carol RYAN provides a transcription by of over 150 Pinxton Marriage 'Strays' - marriages of Pinxton residents which have taken place elsewhere. Added 5 Apr 2011.
  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.
  • The parish, in 1912, had a Primitive Methodist chapel and two United Methodist chapels.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Town Street Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"PINXTON, a township, parish, and scattered village, near the western verge of the county, 3¼ E. by S. from Alfreton. It contains 943 inhabitants. The church, dedicated to St. Helen, is a small edifice on an eminence in the centre of the parish. The living is a rectory, the Rev. Ellis Williams is the rector. Here is a new school. The Methodists have a chapel here. The Erewash Valley branch of the Midland Railway has a station here, and with the canal opens an extensive market for the coals of this neighbourhood to all parts of the kingdom."

[Description from Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

The parish is 132 miles north of London and 6 miles south of Mansfield. In the late 1800s, this place was famous for its Porcelian, most of which was shipped via the Cromford Canal to various railheads. Coal travelled out from this parish via the same transports.

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WHITE's 1857 Directory of Derbyshire reports:

PINXTON, a township, parish, and scattered village, near the western verge of the county, 3¼ miles E. by S. from Alfreton and 6 miles S.W. from Mansfield, extends partly into Nottinghamshire, which is rateable to the poor, but not titheable to the rector. It contains 1223A. of strong land, and in 1851 had 175 houses and 943 inhabitants, of whom 504 were males, and 439 females; rateable value £2,179 5s. 9d. The principal owners are Wm. S. Coke, Esq., Mr. John Coupe, Mr. John Coupe, jun., and Mr. Wm. Cutler, the former is lord of the manor, and patron of the living. The Church, dedicated to St. Helen, is a small edifice on an eminence in the centre of the parish. It was rebuilt about a century ago, and has a nave, chancel, and tower, with two bells. The tower, supposed to be 500 years old, is a distinct building on the south side the chancel, in which are monuments to the Coke and Lillyman families. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's book at £6 0s. 10d., now £280.



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Historical Geography

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



  • The "mine cage safety detaching hook" was invented here by a Mr. John KING.
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the John King Workshop Museum on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.
  • Nick LEVERTON has a photograph of Pinxton Wharf on Geo-graph, taken in 2002. The Wharf, along with the rail line, brought a great deal of commerce to the parish from shipping coal that came from surrounding locations.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the George Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.

Military History

  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • The Traces of War website tells us that St. Helen's churchyard has one Commonwealth War Grave from World War I and three from World War II.

Military Records

Colonel William Langston COKE of the Derby Militia resided in this parish in Brookhill Hall in 1912.

The one World War I casualty buried in St. Helen's Churchyard:

  1. G. GILBOURNE, priv., King's Own Yorks Light Inf., age 18, died 20 Nov. 1918.

The three World War II casualties buried in St. Helen's Churchyard:

  1. Ernest MILLINGTON, srgt., RAF Vol. Rsv., died 9 March 1942.
  2. Francis V. M. SLATER, flight srgt., RAF Vol. Rsv., age 32, died 28 Nov. 1943.
  3. Ernest Reader SMITH, priv., Corps of Military Police, died 27 March 1941.

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 partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In 1894, this Civil Parish was brought wholly into Derbyshire.
  • This Civil Parish is a member of the Bolsover District Council. Note: They can NOT assist you with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here around 1813.
  • After the1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Mansfield Poor Law Union.


David BEVIS has a photograph of the Longwood Infants School on the south end of town, on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.