"STAVELEY is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale, the village being about five miles E.N.E. from Chesterfield, and three S.W. from Barlborough; situate near the banks of the river Rother, and the Chesterfield canal. In the neighbourhood are mines of coal and iron-stone, with furnaces for smelting the ore; and in the village is a manufactory for painting brushes of a superior description, and brushes for machinery, belonging to a Mr. Fletcher."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
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John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)" lists:.
Staveley.-- par. and township with ry. sta., Derbyshire, 4 miles NE. of Chesterfield - par., 10,793 ac., pop. 9114; township, 6872 ac., pop. 8194; P.O., T.O.; has extensive collieries and ironworks, corn mills and Done mills, and mfrs. of spades, shovels, and brushes.
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A grammar school at Netherthorpe in Staveley was founded jointly in 1572 by the (de)Rodes, Sitwell, Frecheville and Cavendish families, although it is understood the Cavendish family later withdrew from this partnership. (Ref: A History of Derbyshire, Gladwyn TURBUTT, 1999, et al)