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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

"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.

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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.