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  • BATES, Tom - A History of Old Whittington. New Age Poetry Press, 2008. ISBN 09522108 6 X.



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

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

Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 976
1861 R.G. 9 / 2532
1891 R.G. 12 / 2765 & 2766


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Whittington 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 Bartholomew.

  • The church was built in 1863, near the site of the old church, pulled down that same year.

  • The church seats 610.

  • There is a photo of St. Bartholomew's Church at Panoramio, taken in 2008.

  • A brick mission chapel was built in the hamlet of New Whittington, dedicated to Saint Barnabas.

  • An iron mission chapel was built in the hamlet of Broomhill Park.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1620 but have been damaged by fire.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.

  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1828.

  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1849 at Old Whittington and replaced in 1865.

  • A Free Methodist chapel was built at Whittington Moor.

  • A Seventh Day Adventist Church was built on North Church Road, but no history is available.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Whittington which are provided by:
"WHITTINGTON is a small parish, in the same hundred as Staveley, about three miles and a half west from that village, and about two and a half north from Chesterfield. The village is one to which some note is attached, as having been the place where the Earl (afterwards Duke) of Devonshire, the Earl of Derby (afterwards Duke of Leeds), Lord Delamere, and Mr. John Darcy, eldest son of the Earl of Holderness, assembled to concert measures for effecting the revolution of 1688."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish covers almost 1,600 acres and includes the hamlets of New Whittington, Whittington Moor and Sheepbridge.



Historical Geography

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


  • In 1857 there were five Inns in the parish:
Year  Inn or Hotel Proprietor or Victualler
1857 Bulls Head Hannah COOK
1857 Cock and Magpie John MOTTAM
1857 Miners Arms Sidney ORWIN
1857 Sheep Bridge Inn Henry THORNTON
1857 White Horse Joseph HARTLEY

In 1895 we have:

Year  Inn or Hotel Proprietor or Victualler
1895 Bulls Head Joseph THORPE
1895 The Crown P. H. Joseph THORPE
1895 Old Revolution House Mrs. Elizh. HAWKINS
1895 Royal Hotel P.H. Henry PARKER
1895 Sir Colin Campbell P.H. George DODD
1895 White Horse Miss Matilda LONGDEN

Neil THEASBY provides a photo of the Cock and Magpie at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK386751 (Lat/Lon: 53.271476, -1.422660), Whittington which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN provides a photo of the War Memorial at Geo-graph. The memorial stands near the Cock and Magpie Public House.

  • The Traces of War website tells us that St. Bartolomew's churchyard has 10 Commonwealth War Graves from World War I and 6 from World War II.

Politics and Government

  • In the Domesday Survey, this place is described as a hamlet of Newbold.

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

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

  • The Civil Parish was abolished in November, 1920, and all 1,581 acres incorporated into the Chesterfield Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Chesterfield petty session hearings every Saturday.

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