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  • The Chapelry was in the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2534 & 2535
1891 R.G. 12 / 2771


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Church History

  • The Anglican chapleh is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.

  • The church was built in 1840.

  • The church was restored in 1868 and 1883.

  • The church seats 650.

  • Andrew LOUGHRAN has a photograph of Ridgeway Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican register dates from 1843.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.

  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1848.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The Chapelry was in the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"RIDGEWAY is a hamlet, in the parish of Eckington, about two miles and a half N.N.W. therefrom. It partakes, with Mosborough, in the manufacture of scythes and sickles. Population included with the parish of Eckington."

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

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • This place was a Chapelry in Eckington parish in Derby county. It was never a separate ancient parish or modern Civil Parish.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this Chapelry became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.