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Many residents of Unstone would be buried in the Dronfield Cemetery after 1877.



  • 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


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

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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.

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).
  • You may contact the Unstone Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT going to do family history work for you.

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.