Archives & Libraries

The Holmewood Library on Heath Road near Old Colliery Lane is normally open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your searches.

David ROGERS has a photograph of the Old Reading Room on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.



Ian S. has a photograph of the Graveyard at All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.

Richard CROFT has a photograph of the North side of All Saints' churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.



  • The parish was in the Bolsover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2148
1861 R.G. 9 / 2533
1891 R.G. 12 / 2767

Church History

  • The old Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints and was located in the old village site.
  • The old church was taken down in 1852.
  • A mortuary chapel was erected on the site of the old church, using some of its stones, in 1622, and the churchyard kept in use.
  • The old church is now a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • A new Church of All Saints was erected in 1853 in the current village site on Church Lane in the north-east corner of the village.
  • The church seats 250.
  • You can visit the Church website.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints' church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.
  • David BEVIS also has a photograph of All Saints' church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1682.
  • Marriages at Heath, 1682-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"HEATH, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 5 miles S.E. of Chesterfield, its post town, and 3 N.E. of the Clay Cross station. The village, which is small, and wholly agricultural, is situated on the road from Chesterfield to Mansfield. There are several coal-pits. The land is exceedingly fertile. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £259 4s. The living is a vicarage in the dioc. of Lichfield, value £237."

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

The parish is just off junction 29 of the M1 motorway and covers 1,676 acres. Tom BATES provides a good intro to Heath village.

Andrew HILL provides a photograph of the village main street on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

You can see pictures of Heath which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



Stephen G. TAYLOR has a photograph of the Elm Tree Inn on Mansfield Road on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.

Jonathan CLITHEROE also has a photograph of The Elm Tree Inn on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

These are the names associated with the Elm Tree Inn in various directories:

Year  Person
1857 James ROME
1891 William ROME
1895 William ROME
1912 George H. WATTS

Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Twin Oaks Hotel on the east side of the M1 at Junction 29 on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK448671 (Lat/Lon: 53.199098, -1.330826), Heath which are provided by:


Military History



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar offers this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 9 September, 1802, "MARRIED: On Monday last, Mr. Job DENHAM, of Heath, to Miss Sarah GREAVES, daughter of Mr. Thomas GREAVES, of High House, both in this county."



Stephen KIMBERLEY reports that the Derbyshire Times of 19th August 1999 has an obituary for: GARBUTT James 85 Holmewood.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The parish merged with Holmewood and is administered by the Heath and Holmewood Parish Council. You may contact them regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT available to do family history look-ups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Bolsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings on Saturdays.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.


The first school was founded here in 1685. It still stands on Hill Street, but has been converted to a private residence.

A Public Elementary School (mixed) was erected in 1905 for 192 boys, 242 girls and 292 infants.

Ian S. has a photograph of The Old School House on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.