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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2759


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wessington 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 Christ.

  • The church was built in 1858.

  • The opening of the church led to this village being established as a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1859.

  • The church was renovated in 1884.

  • The church seats 208.

  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of Wessington Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1859.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • There were two Primitive Methodist chapels in the parish by 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wessington which are provided by:
"WESSINGTON, a township in the parish of Crich, county Derby, 3 miles N.W. of Alfreton, and 1½ miles from the Wingfield railway station. The inhabitants are principally employed in the stocking manufacture. There is a Sunday-school licensed for divine worship. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have chapels."

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

The village is on the A615 arterial road between Matlock and Alfreton.



Historical Geography

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


  • There is no history of coal mining in this parish, but many men worked in mines in nearby parishes. Other residents were mostly either graziers or frame-work knitters.

  • David BEVIS has a photograph of The Horse and Jockey Public House on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.

  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of The Three Horseshoes Public House on Geo-graph, taken in 2008. At last report (2013), this pub was closed.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK373578 (Lat/Lon: 53.116065, -1.444167), Wessington which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Crich parish in Derby county and became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

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

  • District governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council, often listed as NEDDC.

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, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.