RIDGEWAY, an ecclesiastical district in the parish of Eckington, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 7 miles N. of Chesterfield, and 3 N.E. of Dronfield. It comprises the townships of Ridgeway and Troway. The substratum abounds in coal, which is partially worked. In the village is a manufactory for scythes and sickles. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £300, in the patronage of the Rector of Eckington. The church, erected in 1840 at a cost of £2,200, has a small tower at the E. end. There is a chapel for Wesleyans, also a National school, built in 1837."

"TROWAY, a township in the parish of Eckington, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 2½ miles E. of Eckington, and 5½ N.E. of Chesterfield. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the manufacture of sickles and saw handles, and in the neighbouring collieries. It is supposed to have been once a Roman settlement.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



John SLATER has a photograph of St. John's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.



  • The Chapelry was in the Eckington sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2534 & 2535
1891 R.G. 12 / 2771

Church History

  • The Anglican chaple is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.
  • The church was built in 1840.
  • The church was restored in 1868 and 1883.
  • The church seats 650.
  • Andrew LOUGHRAN has a photograph of Ridgeway Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican register dates from 1843.
  • Micheal SPENCER started an extract of Parish Register burials in a file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1848.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Methodist church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2019.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"RIDGEWAY is a hamlet, in the parish of Eckington, about two miles and a half N.N.W. therefrom. It partakes, with Mosborough, in the manufacture of scythes and sickles. Population included with the parish of Eckington."

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

Sheffield county lies to the east of the village. The village of Highlane lies just to the north and is mostly in Sheffield county.

You can see pictures of Ridgeway which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Bridge Inn at Ford on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of "The Swan" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

J. THOMAS Also has a photograph of The Queens Head pub. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK402815 (Lat/Lon: 53.328896, -1.397867), Ridgeway which are provided by:


Military History

On the western side of the main road at the Ridgeway Sports and Social Club is a Standing plaque. My understanding is that the entire centre is a War Memorial dedicated in 1919 or 1920.

In front of Kent House in Ridgeway, there is a sundial on a four-step base that is a War Memorial. The sundail has been stolen, but the pedestal and base remain. There are 23 names on the plaques for the two World Wars. This memorial was unveiled in May, 1920.

There is also a Peace Memorial Garden in Ridgeway on the Main Road. It has a stone front wall with metal gates bearing inscriptions in decorative lettering. Dedicated in 1920, there are no names listed on this memorial.


Military Records

There are two graves holding war dead in the churchyard. These are family graves, not Commonwealth War Graves. They are both from World War One:

  1. BAKER, Sybray
  1. MARSH, Christopher

Politics & Government

  • This place was a Chapelry in Eckington parish in Derby county. It was never a separate ancient parish or modern Civil Parish.
  • This place was partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • District governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this Chapelry became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.


A Board School (mixed) was built here in 1873, for 200 boys and girls and 160 infants.