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Archives and Libraries

The Shirebrook Library at 19 Patchwork Row is normally open six days a week. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your search.



  • The cemetery of 10.5 acres was built in 1899 with a single mortuary chapel.
  • The cemetery is managed by the Burial Board of the Shirebrook Parish Council.
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the Shirebrook Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.



  • 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 Shirebrook area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church was built in 1843.
  • The ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity was established in May, 1849.
  • The church was enlarged in 1904.
  • The church seats 800.
  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1849.
  • The church was in the rural Deanery of Staveley.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1849 and replaced it in 1901.
  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
  • A Congregational chapel was built in 1901.
  • A Baptist chapel was built in 1901.
  • Saint Joseph's Catholic Church was built in Longwith Road in 1908.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Some individuals think Shirebrook is in Nottingham, but that is incorrect. Shirebrook is still in Derbyshire, but for Civil Registration purposes it is in the Mansfield, Nottingham, Registration District.

"SHIREBROOK, a chapelry in the parish of Pleasley, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 10 miles N.E. of Alfreton, and 5 N.W. of Mansfield, on the border of Nottinghamshire. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £62, in the patronage of the Rector of Pleasley."

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

Welcome to Shirebrook, photo on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

There is passenger railway service to the village on the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop. Nigel THOMPSON provides a photograph of the Railway Station on Geo-graph, taken in February 1982.

You may want to visit Shirebrook.Net to look at maps and photos.

You may want to enjoy the Market Place stalls and booths. Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Market Place on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.

You can see pictures of Shirebrook which are provided by:



Shirebrook township, chapelry, and well-built scattered village, on the verge of the county, 3 miles N.N.E. from Pleasley, and 3 miles N. from Mansfield, by the foot road, but the carriage road is through Pleasley; contains 1,440 acres of land, 61 houses, and 326 inhabitants. Rateable value, £1,250. It is freehold, and the owners are the Duke of Devonshire, Capt. Drawater, John Nicholson, Joseph Nicholson, Francis Hall, Samuel Shipman, William Fletcher, Wright Smith, Robert Malkin, Charles Newbold, William Fowles, Esqrs, Mrs Greaves, and a few others. The chapel of ease, is a neat stone building, erected in 1843, (in place of a venerable structure) at a cost of £1,000, the present rector taking the pecuniary management, which has been defrayed by private description; it was consecrated on the Wednesday in the feast week, which is the Sunday before old Michaelmas Day, in 1843. A Sunday school is held in the village.



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You should post your interest to the Shirebrook History and Genealogy group on Facebook. At least have a look at some of the photographs!


Historical Geography

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



  • Stuffynwood Hall was built in 1857 by Charles PAGET, MP for Nottingham.
  • In 1979 it was decided to demolish the Hall after its damage by vandals. The materials were sold off.

Military History

  • Captain Benjamin DRAWWATER (often spelled with a single W) lived here for a brief time. He is recorded here in an 1857 Directory.  But he was buried in Greasley, Notts,  in June, 1818! He was one of the surgeon mates on Captain Cook's voyages in the 1770s.

Military Records

There are twenty-five Commonwealth War Graves in the public cemetery. These are from World War I:

  1. E. BURTON, priv., 3rd Btn. Leicestershire Regt., died 21 July 1918.
  2. G. H. CHILTON, priv., Leicestershire Regt., died 5 April 1918.
  3. Thomas COOPER, priv.,, Royal Army Service Corps, age 43, died 15 Jan. 1920. Husband of Edith COOPER.
  4. Joshua CROSS, priv., 64th CCS Royal Army Medical Corps, age 20, died 21 Aug. 1919. Son of Joshua and Fanny CROSS.
  5. W. EASOM, priv., 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 26, died 25 Sept. 1916. Husband of Annie BURNS (formerly EASOM).
  6. Sidney Crisp GREEN, priv., 3rd Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 20, died 2 June 1919. Son of William and Christina GREEN.
  7. John WIlliam HANSTOCK, priv., 62nd Co. Machine Gun Corps, age 25, died 22 July 1916. Son of William and Louisa HANSTOCK,
  8. John JOHNSON, priv., 1st Btn. Lincolnshire Regt., age 30, died 14 Oct. 1914. Husband of Rose Hannah JOHNSON.
  9. William Alexander ROBERTS, lieut., Royal Air Force, died 31 July 1919.
  10. James RODDIE, priv., 10th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 33, died 12 Aug. 1916. Husband of Eliza HARDY (formerly RODDIE.

These are from World War II:

  1. E. BARLOW, priv., York and Lancs Regt., age 22, died 22 Feb 1947. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George E. BARLOW.
  2. Richard Whittington BREWIN, srgt., 3 Sqdn. RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 20, died 29 April 1941. Son of Leonard James BREWIN and Irene BREWIN.
  3. Charles William CARTER, srgt., Middlesex Regt., age 42, died 31 March 1943. Husband of Ruth CARTER.
  4. John CLARKE, ldg. aircraftman, RAF Vol. Rsrv., died 19 July 1946.
  5. Alfred COOPER, ldg. aircraftman, RAF, age 19, died 1 Sept. 1940. Son of Albert and Lily COOPER.
  6. Alfred Edgar HARGREAVES, fusiller, 5th Btn. Royal Irish Fusillers, died 29 July 1941.
  7. George Harry HAYWOOD, marine, Royal Marines, age 38, died 9 Oct 1944. Husband of Mary Winniefred HAYWOOD.
  8. George Walter HUNTINGTON, srgt., 4th Btn. East Yorkshire Regt., age 32, died 12 Sept. 1940.
  9. William James MEADE, priv., Corps of Military Police, age 32, died 15 June 1945. Husband of Elizabeth Jane MEADE.
  10. Dorothy PADLEY, corp., Women's Auxiliary Air Force, age 19, died 27 Aug. 1944. Daughter of James and Ada Mary PADLEY,
  11. Robert PARKER, driver, 53 Tipper Co. Royal Army Service Corps, age 34, died 8 July 1944. Husband of Evelyn Vera PARKER.
  12. James Edward PULLEN, Pioneer Corps, age 41, died 23 July 1944. Husband of May PULLEN.
  13. Frederick ROADLEY, priv., Sherwood Foresters, age 23, died 7 April 1940. Son of Frederick and Florence Louise ROADLEY.
  14. Bertram ROBINSON, signalman, Royal Corps of Signals, age 22, died 14 Sept. 1942. Husband of Grace Linda ROBINSON.
  15. John WIlliam SHAW, stoker 1st class, H.M.S. Dulverton Royal Navy, age 29, died 15 Feb. 1945. Husband of Dorothy SHAW.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Pleasley parish in Derby county and became a separate modern Civil Parish in April, 1904.
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1935, the Civil Parish of Upper Langwith was abolished and the land amalgamated into this Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Shirebrook Town Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



A National School for boys and girls was built here in 1852. 40 students attended the first year.