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South Normanton

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Archives and Libraries

The South Normanton Library is on Shiners Way at the Hub. It is normally open six days each week. The Library has a Local Studies and Family History Section to aid you in your search.



  • CHANTRY, Joy - South Normanton in Stuart Times 1603-1714.
    This book, with an index, is full of very useful information for anyone interested in the area of South Normanton. It includes chapters on everyday life, housing, occupations and a section on some local residents as well as many other names mentioned throughout the book.

    The book is now sadly now out of print, with the last copy purchased as a result of a note on this page! Copies may however be available in libraries, or via Inter Library Loan (ILL).

    [Information from The Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group Newsletter No. 16, April 2000]



  • The parish was in the Blackwell sub-district of the Mansfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2425
1891 R.G. 12 / 2650 & 2651

Church History

  • The present church is believed to date from 1137.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The church tower apparently added in the 14th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1878.
  • The church seats 400.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1540.
  • Transcription by Carol RYAN of Marriages 1800-1836 at South Normanton sourced from both PRs and BTs.
  • Transcription by Carol RYAN of South Normanton Stray Marriages from the neighbouring parishes of Pinxton, Alfreton, Sutton in Ashfield and Mansfield, extracted from Phillimore, and Pinxton Parish Registers.
  • Transcription by Carol RYAN of Burials 1800-1840 at South Normanton sourced from both PRs and BTs.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.
  • The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists each had chapels here before 1891.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SOUTH NORMANTON, a parish in the hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 2¼ miles E. of Alfreton, its post town, and 2 N.W. of the Pinxton railway station. The village, which is large, is situated on an eminence, and is chiefly agricultural. It formerly belonged to the Willoughbys and Revels, which latter family resided here from the time of the Conquest. The surface is elevated and the scenery diversified. The substratum abounds in coal, of which some mines have been opened. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £285."

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

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • The south window at the east end is dedicated to Christ the light of the world and is a memorial to the fallen of the 1914-18 war.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar has this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 6 September, 1804: "MARRIED: On the 20th ult at South Normanton, in this county, Mr. Nathaniel MARRIOTT, to Miss Mary WALKER, both of that place."


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).
  • You may contact the South Normanton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bolsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Probate Records

In an 1875 Will, Samuel Purdy GILL of South Normanton, miller, mentions:

  1. wife Sarah
  2. Edward Merrick GREENSILL
  3. Fredk RICKARDS Solr. Alfreton witness
  4. Hy. Alfred RICKARD witness