Archives & Libraries

Unstone is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop on Sheffield Road every fourth Monday in the mid afternoon.



Many residents of Unstone would be buried in the Dronfield Cemetery after 1877.



  • The parish was in the Dronfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2148
1861 R.G. 9 / 2537
1891 R.G. 12 / 2772

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built as a chapel of ease to Dronfield in 1920, but became a district church in 1925.
  • Saint Mary's now serves both the Anglican community and the Methodist community.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

Church Records

  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1847, enlarged in 1904, but has since closed.
  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1874 but has since closed.
  • Apperknowle Methodist Church opened here in 1880 on High Street as a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"UNSTONE, a township in the parish of Dronfield, hundred of Scarsdale, county Derby, 1 mile S.E. of Dronfield."

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

The River Drone runs through the parish. The Unstone Line is a nature preserve along the old railway line through the parish. Unstone Green is a large portion of Unstone immediately to the south of the original hamlet. built as a housing estate in the 1940s. Take the B6057 secondary road out of Chesterfield to reach Unstone.

You can see pictures of Unstone which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • This place was listed as "Unston" until 1908 when the "e" was added to create "Unstone".
  • A railway station opened here in 1870, but passenger service ceased in 1951. Ten years later, the station closed for all rail service.
  • The parish holds an annual Well Dressing around the middle of each July.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Horse and Jockey pub at Unstone Green on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • These are the names associated with the Horse and Jockey P. H. in various directories (spelled as listed in the source):
Year  Person
1831 Joshua CARNALLY
1835 Joseph CARNALLY
1857 Joshua CARNELLY
1891 John SWIFT
1899 John SWIFT
1912 Henry WRAY


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK372773 (Lat/Lon: 53.291364, -1.4434), Unstone which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial stands in a traffic island on Crow Lane.
  • Andrew LOUGHRAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the War Memorial in the snow on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Military Records


Politics & Government

  • This place was a hamlet and township in Dronfield parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in Decmber, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Unstone Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT going to do family history work for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.


In 1833 a school with a residence for the master was erected by George MOORE. The school would hold about 70 students and average attendance was 50 in 1857.

A Public Elementary School (mixed) was erected here in 1873 for 295 children. 1911 attendance averaged 223.

Andrew LOUGHRAN has a photograph of Unstone School near Chesterfield on Crow Lane on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

St Mary’s Infant School is located on Crow Lane.

Unstone Junior School is on the Main Road.