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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2647


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Whitwell 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 Lawrence.

  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of St.Lawrence's church on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1672.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1846.

  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Whitwell which are provided by:
"WHITWELL is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale; the village is situate at the N.E. extremity of the county, and is twelve miles N.E. from Chesterfield. The Duke of Portland is lord of the manor. The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence; the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Duke, and in the incumbency of the Rev. George Mason, of Cuckney, Nottinghamshire; the Rev. J. Harnage is the present curate."

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

The parish is 4 miles west of Worksop and covers 4,880 acres.



Historical Geography

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


  • There are Anglo-Saxon charters that refer to Whitwell.

  • Whitwell won the 'Best Kept Village in Derbyshire' Award in 1988.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK528767 (Lat/Lon: 53.284636, -1.209485), Whitwell which are provided by:

Military History

  • There is a War Memorial in the centre of the village. Andrew HILL provides a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.

  • Jonathan CLITHEROE provides another view of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

  • There is a Roll of Honour online at the Whitwell Local History Group website.

Politics and Government

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

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1813.

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Worksop Poor Law Union.