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Archives and Libraries

In 1911, the Colliery Club had a small reading room and library for members.

Tibshelf is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Village Hall on Monday afternoons.



  • The churchyard was enlarged by one acre in 1878.
  • Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the Lychgate and the church tower at the Church of St John the Baptist on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.



  • 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


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist (some sources say Saint Peter).
  • The church was built in the 13th century.
  • The church tower was added in the 14th century.
  • The church chancel was repaired in 1693.
  • The present church was almost entirely rebuilt in 1729.
  • The church nave was rebuilt in 1887-88.
  • The church seats just over 300.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • David BEVIS has a another good view of the church at Geograph, taken in April, 2009.

Church Records


Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

TIBSHELF has the somewhat dubious merit of being the site of a (new-ish) Service Area for the M1 Motorway!

Tibshelf is 142 miles north of London city and 4.5 miles north-north-east from Alfreton, just off the M1 motorway near Chesterfield. Tibshelf was described in 1857 as "one long street". The parish covered 2,400 acres.

Passenger rail service started in 1893 and ended in 1963.

You can see pictures of Tibshelf which are provided by:





Ask for a calculation of the distance from Tibshelf to another place.

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Historical Geography

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



  • A number of the street names have been changed or dropped over time.
  • Humphrey BOLTON has a photograph of The Royal Oak (renamed The Twisted Oak) on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The former "Wheatsheaf" pub on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.

Military History

  • Major Reginald P. LEACH of the Royal Field Artillery lived in this parish in 1912. He would be a Lt.-Col. by 1916.
  • Lt.-Col. Chambers DIDHAM of the 2nd Regt., Sherwood Foresters, lived in this parish in 1912 with his wife Constance Violet DIDHAM and their daughter.  Chambers was born in Tibshelf in March 1863.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.
  • Ian S. also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2015.

Military Records


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was the heart of the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The parish was in the mid-division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Tibshelf Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT do family history look-ups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Balsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



The Staffa Street (mixed) school was built around 1820 and was later enlarged. Average attendance in 1911 was 188 boys and girls.

The Colliery Public Elementary School was built in 1873 for 151 boys, 151 girls and 173 infants.

An Infants' Public elementary School was built here in 1893 for 173 children.

A "New Infants' School" was built in 1908 for 300 children.

David BEVIS als has a photograph of the Town End Junior School built in 1914 on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.