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  • The parish was in the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2514
1891 R.G. 12 / 2748 & 2749


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


Church History

  • Somercotes was originally a Chapel of Ease for Riddings parish.

  • The Anglican parish chapel is dedicated to Saint Thomas.

  • The chapel was built in 1852 and an ecclesiastica parish was created the following year.

  • The chapel was restored in 1878.

  • The chapel seats 500.

  • Bill HENDERSON has a photograph of St. Thomas Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.

  • Members of Somercotes Church have produced a booklet about the village containing stories from local people about the Village and St. Thomas's Church. The cost is £3 plus p&p. They have also produced a video, containing pictures of church processions, price £10 plus p&p. All proceeds go to St. Thomas's Church.

    For further information please contact Margaret BROOKSBANK, telephone (+44)(0)1773 604916.

Church Records

  • One should search the Riddings parish register for entries from this chapel.

  • The church was in the Alfreton Deanery.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1839.

  • The Free Methodists built a chapel at Birchwood in 1853.

  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of the Methodist Church at Birchwood on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel at Lea Brooks in 1859.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1860.

  • The Free Methodists built a chapel on Steelmoor Lane in 1867.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

Somercotes is a village and parish in the District of Amber Valley close to the border with Nottinghamshire. Passenger rail service ceased in the 1960s.

"SUMMERCOTES, a hamlet in the parish of Alfreton, county Derby, 2 miles S. of Alfreton, near the Erewash canal.

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

You can see pictures of Somercotes which are provided by:





  • John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1872" describes Somercotes:

SOMERCOTES, a village in Alfreton parish, Derby; 2 miles SE of Alfreton. It has a post-office under Alfreton, the church of Riddings, and two Methodist chapels.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • The parish War Memorial is made of Sicilian marble and stands over 12 feet high. It was erected in 1927 to honour some 81 men from the parish. Additional names were added for World War II.

Military Records

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


Politics and Government

  • This place appears to have been constituted as a Civil Parish circa 1891.

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

  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

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