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Archives and Libraries

There is no branch library in Norton. Use the Library in Bakewell, DBY, or the one in Sheffield, YKS.



  • The parish was in the Norton sub-district of the Eclesall Berlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 195
1861 R.G. 9 / 3467
1871 R.G. 10 / 4667
1891 R.G. 12 / 3801


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Norton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The church was completely restored in 1882.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • David PICKERSGILL also has a photograph of St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • Marriages at Norton, 1559-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Norton sub-district of the Eclesall Berlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"NORTON is an agricultural parish, containing a village of the same name, about two miles and a half from Dronfield and four from Sheffield. About one mile south-east is Hazelhurst and Oaks, the seats of William John Bagshaw, Esq. magistrate. The church, among which is an altar tomb, to the memory of the parents of John Blythe, Bishop of Salisbury, and Geffrey Blythe, Bishop of Lichfield, both of whom were born here: a place of worship for unitarians, and a grammar school, of ancient foundation are in the parish - which contained, in 1831, 1,747 inhabitants."

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

The following places are constablewicks in this parish: Hemsworth, Bradway, Norton Lees and Woodseats.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • Major Lancelot George Butler BOWDEN resided in this parish with his wife, Ella, and son, John L., for part of his life. He died in September, 1909.
  • The War Memorial was erected in 1920.
  • Graham HARDY has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.


Jane TAYLOR of Redcar provides this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 16 December, 1802: "MARRIED A few days ago, at Norton, in this county, Mr. LAMBERT, of Sheffield, to Mrs. HALL, widow, scythesmith, of the former place."

Jane TAYLOR of Redcar alsp has this clipping from the Derby Mercury of 19 May 1803: "MARRIED A few days ago, Mr John ROTHERY, of Sheffield, to Miss Mary BOOKER, of Norton, in this county."



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this notice from the Derby Mercury of 17 February 1803: "DIED: On Monday se'nnight, at Norton, in this county, John READ, Esq. formerly of Sheffield."

Jane TAYLOR submits this extract from the Derby Mercury of 20 September, 1804: "DIED: Lately, Mr Job HALL, farmer, of Norton, in this county."

Jane TAYLOR submits this extract from the Derby Mercury of 27 December, 1804: "DIED: On Wednesday se'nnight, at the advanced age of 96, Mr. BOOKER, of Lees Hall, near Norton, in this county."


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 in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1935, this Civil Parish was abolished and the land and people amalgamated into Eckington Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.
  • Petty sessions were held here every three weeks during summer at 'Bagshawe Arms,' in Hemsworth.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Ecclesall Bierlow Poorlaw Union.


A School Board of 5 members was formed in the village in 1872.

A Board (formerly National) School was built in Greenhill, in 1843, and enlarged in 1890 for 250 children.