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Ault Hucknall

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The church burial ground is across the road from St. John's Church.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Snowdrops and graves on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

Ian S. has a photograph of the cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.

Jonathan CLITHEROE also has a photograph of the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.



  • The parish was in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2649


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the Norman period.
  • The church contains the tomb of philosopher Thomas HOBBES, who died in December, 1679 at age 91.
  • The church was repaired in 1850.
  • The church was restored in 1887.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2002.
  • David HALLAM-JONES also has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1660 for all entries.
  • Marriages at Hault (Ault) Hucknall, 1660-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Lane R. ELLIS has an online parish register extract of Film # 1752123, parish records 1662-1922.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a small chapel here in 1835.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Shirebrook sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

"AULT-HUCKNALL, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 6½ miles to the S.E. of Chesterfield, its post town, and 5½ N.W. of Mansfield. It is situated in a pleasant country, and contains the hamlets of Rowthorne, Stainsby, Hardwick, Harstoft, and Astwith. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £168, in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire, who is lord of the manor. The church contains a monument to Anne, first Countess of Devonshire, who died in 1598, and also one in memory of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who died herein 1679."

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

Locals boast that this is the smallest village in England - having three houses and a church. Neil THEASBY has a photograph of one of the houses on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Mary, Queen of Scots, was kept as a prisoner here in Hardwick Hall from 1568 to 1584.
  • The parish was devastated by the Black Death in 1666.
  • In St. John's Church, in the Hardwick chapel, beneath a plain slab of ’black marble, is the tomb of the philosopher Thomas HOBBES, known as “Hobbes of Malmesbury,” born there 15 April 1588. He died in Hardwick Hall on 4 Dec. 1679.


Hardwick Hall was erected in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It had six towers, a statue of Mary Queen of Scots and another of Henry VIII.


Military History

  • The Traces of War website shows us the parish has an Airborne Forces Memorial from World War II.
  • And there is a War Memorial from World War I. Note: This is close to Stainsby and the hamlet of Doe Lea.
  • David DIXON has a photograph of that War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.
  • David DIXON has a close-up shot of that War Memorial names on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of a War Grave of A. WALKER on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2007.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Derbyshire War Memorials site.


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).
  • District governance is provided by the Bolsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings.
  • There is a list of over 40 Ault Hucknall Bastardy Paper held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Ault Hucknall" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Mansfield Poor Law Union.


A Free School at Stainsby was founded in 1729 by Mister Thomas WHITE. That school closed before 1911.

An Education Committee of five members was formed in 1903 for Ault Hucknall, Glapwell and Heath.