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  • St Mary, Crow Lane, Church of England


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

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

Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2148
1861 R.G. 9 / 2537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2772


  • St Mary, Crow Lane, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Unstone 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 Mary.

  • The church was built as a chapel of ease to Dronfield in 1920, but became a district church in 1925.

  • Saint Mary's now serves both the Anglican community and the Methodist community.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the church at Geograph, taken in September, 2008.

Church Records

  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1847, enlarged in 1904, but has since closed.

  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1874 but has since closed.

  • Apperknowle Methodist Church opened here in 1880 on High Street as a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"UNSTONE, a township in the parish of Dronfield, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 1 mile S.E. of Dronfield."

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

The River Drone runs through the parish. The Unstone Line is a nature preserve along the old railway line through the parish. Take the B6057 secondary road out of Chesterfield to reach Unstone.

You can see pictures of Unstone which are provided by:



Historical Geography

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


  • This place was listed as "Unston" until 1908 when the "e" was added to create "Unstone".

  • A railway station opened here in 1870, but passenger service ceased in 1951. Ten years later, the station closed for all rail service.

  • The parish holds an annual Well Dressing around the middle of each July.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK372773 (Lat/Lon: 53.291350, -1.443395), Unstone which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial stands in a traffic island on Crow Lane.

  • Andrew LOUGHRAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

Military Records

Politics and Government

  • This place was a hamlet and township in Dronfield parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in Decmber, 1866.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.