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  • The parish was in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • For census lookups, use the village website.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2148
1861 R.G. 9 / 2424
1891 R.G. 12 / 2649


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.
  • The church was built in the 12th century with work continuing into the 13th century.
  • The church spire was taken down in 1842 during a partial restoration of the church.
  • The church was partially restored again in 1903.
  • The church seats 300.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Leonard's church tower on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1680 for all entries.
  • 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.
  • John MILLS has photographs of Scarcliffe grave memorials on his website.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • The Primitive Methodists build a chapel here in 1858, but when that denomination withered away, the building became the parish school.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SCARCLIFFE is a parish and village, in the same hundred as Bolsover, about 2 miles S.S.E. from that town. The Earl of Bathurst is lord of the manor; and the patronage of the church living, which is a vicarage, is possessed by the Duke of Devonshire. The church is dedicated to St. Leonard, and contains an interesting monument, of the 11th century. Population of the parish, according to the census taken in 1831, 524."

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

The parish lies 135 miles north of London and covers almost 4,000 acres which includes the hamlets of Palterton and Hillstown. The river Poulter rises in the southern part of this parish. The village has its own website with photographs.

The nearby hamlet of Palterton has its history listed at Bygone Times.

You can see pictures of Scarcliffe which are provided by:



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

Historical Geography

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

Military History

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Scarcliffe War Memorial and a list of the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

Palterton has its own War Memorial Plaque.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Scarcliffe is from the Old English Scaerd and Scandinavian clif, or "Cliff or steep slope with a gap". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Scardeclif.
    [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 partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Mansfield Poor Law Union.