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Temple Normanton



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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2527
1891 R.G. 12 / 2760


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Temple Normanton area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James the Apostle.

  • The church was built in 1882 on the site of an older chapel.

  • There had been a chapel here since the days of the Knights Templer in the 12th century. Their chapel was rebuilt, retaining a portion of the original builing, in 1623. That chapel stood until it was pulled down to build St. James' Church.

  • The church suffered from subsidence due to coal mining and was replaced by a wooden church in 1922.

  • Alas, Temple Normanton is a windy area, and wooden buildings are oft damaged by high winds. A new fibreglass replacement was erected in 1986, designed to hold up to the forces of nature.

  • Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of the new St. James Church at Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Mortuary chapel at Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1882. Prior entries will be found in the registers of Chesterfield.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"TEMPLE NORMANTON, a township in the parish of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 2½ miles S.E. of Chesterfield, its post town, and 3 N.E. of the Clay Cross railway station. The village, which is inconsiderable, is situated on the road from Chesterfield to Mansfield, and is wholly agricultural.

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

The parish lies 155 miles north of London and covers only about 500 acres. Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Old 167 road at Geo-graph, taken in 2000.

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Historical Geography

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


  • Most of the parish land was given over to pasturage.

  • Barbarann AYARS has transcribed the section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Chesterfield, and includes a portion on Temple Normanton.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK415675 (Lat/Lon: 53.202945, -1.380165), Temple Normanton which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township and chapelry in Chesterfield parish in Derby county.

  • This place became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • 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.

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