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Archives and Libraries

David BEVIS has a photograph of the Old Library on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.

New Houghton  hamlet is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop at Recreation Road every fourth Tuesday in the afternoon. It also makes two stops in Pleasley village a little earlier that same day.



Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Churchyard extension on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2017.



  • 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 / 2424
1891 R.G. 12 / 2649


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church is of early Norman origin, built around 1150.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Michael's church tower on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
  • Jonathan THACKER also has a photograph of St. Michael's church tower on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2017.
  • The parish had a mission chapel in New Houghton, built in 1897 and dedicated as "Christ Church".
  • Geoff DUNN has a photograph of St. Barnabas church tower in the south portion of the village on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006. Formed from the parish of St Peter, Mansfield in 1896, the chancel and tower were built in 1912. This church is in Nottinghamshire.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1553l.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1906.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"PLEASELEY is a village, in the parish of its name, which is in the same hundred as Bolsover, about four miles S.S.E. from that town. It was at one period of much greater consequence than it now is, having been a market town."

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

  • The parish lies up against the border with Nottinghamshire.
  • The River Meden runs through the parish.
  • The village lies 9 miles south-east of Chesterfield, just south of the A617.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
  • New Houghton is a hamlet just north of the village (and north of the A617 trunk road).
  • Pleasly Hill is a hamlet south-east of the village (and in Nottinghamshire).

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Historical Geography

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



The William HOLLINS and Company mill employed more than 500 hands in 1911 to work the water and steam driven cotton and silk weaving equipment.

Peter BARR has a photograph of the Terraced cottages in Chesterfield Road on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010. Most of these were torn down to be replaced by new housing.

Bobby CLEGG has a photograph of the Nag's Head Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015.


Military History


Names, Geographical

  • Many locals pronounce the name as "Plesley" (Thank you, Brian Johnson, 2013).

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).
  • This parish is a member of the Bolsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



New Houghton  built a school in 1884 and enlarged it in 1898 to hold 150 children.

The Rotherham Road school (mixed) was built in 1904 for 300 children and 100 infants.

Pleasley Vale  had a school for 200 children built prior to 1912.