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Archives and Libraries

The Old Whittington Library at Swanwick Memorial Hall on High Street is normally open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your search.

New Whittington hamlet is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes a stop every fourth Wednesday just after noon at Devonshire Avenue North.



  • BATES, Tom - A History of Old Whittington. New Age Poetry Press, 2008. ISBN 09522108 6 X.


  • The parish was in the Chesterfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 976
1861 R.G. 9 / 2532
1891 R.G. 12 / 2765 & 2766

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
  • The church was built in 1863, near the site of the old church, pulled down that same year.
  • The church seats 610.
  • There is a photo of St. Bartholomew's Church at Panoramio, taken in 2008.
  • A brick mission chapel was built in the hamlet of New Whittington, dedicated to Saint Barnabas.
  • An iron mission chapel was built in the hamlet of Broomhill Park.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1620 but have been damaged by fire.
  • We have a pop-up window of Whittington burials in a text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1828.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1849 at Old Whittington and replaced in 1865.
  • A Free Methodist chapel was built at Whittington Moor.
  • A Seventh Day Adventist Church was built on North Church Road, but no history is available.
  • The Baptist Chapel at New Whittington was built in 1862 to seat 300. .
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of the former Baptist Chapel in New Whittington on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2017.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"WHITTINGTON is a small parish, in the same hundred as Staveley, about three miles and a half west from that village, and about two and a half north from Chesterfield. The village is one to which some note is attached, as having been the place where the Earl (afterwards Duke) of Devonshire, the Earl of Derby (afterwards Duke of Leeds), Lord Delamere, and Mr. John Darcy, eldest son of the Earl of Holderness, assembled to concert measures for effecting the revolution of 1688."

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

The parish covers almost 1,600 acres and includes the hamlets of New Whittington, Whittington Moor and Sheepbridge.

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Historical Geography

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



In this village stands the small stone cottage known as "Revolution House," being the place where, in 1688 the Duke of Devonshire, the Earl of Danby and John D'Arcy esq. met and planned the rising which overthrew King James II.

  • In 1857 there were five Inns in the parish:
Year Inn or Hotel Proprietor or Victualler
1857 Bulls Head Hannah COOK
1857 Cock and Magpie John MOTTAM
1857 Miners Arms Sidney ORWIN
1857 Sheep Bridge Inn Henry THORNTON
1857 White Horse Joseph HARTLEY

In 1895 we have:

Year Inn or Hotel Proprietor or Victualler
1895 Bulls Head Joseph THORPE
1895 The Crown P. H. Joseph THORPE
1895 Old Revolution House Mrs. Elizh. HAWKINS
1895 Royal Hotel P.H. Henry PARKER
1895 Sir Colin Campbell P.H. George DODD
1895 White Horse Miss Matilda LONGDEN

Neil THEASBY provides a photo of the Cock and Magpie at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Graham HOGG has a photo of the Rising Sun in New Whittington at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016.


Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN provides a photo of the War Memorial at Geo-graph. The memorial stands near the Cock and Magpie Public House.
  • The Traces of War website tells us that St. Bartolomew's churchyard has 10 Commonwealth War Graves from World War I and 6 from World War II.

Politics and Government

  • In the Domesday Survey, this place is described as a hamlet of Newbold.
  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In 1911, part of Newbold-cum-Dunston was amalgamated with this parish to form Whttington-with-Newbold Urban District.
  • The Civil Parish was abolished in November, 1920, and all 1,581 acres incorporated into the Chesterfield Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Chesterfield petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.


Old Whittington (mixed) School. founded and endowed in 1679, rebuilt in 1849 and enlarged in 1871 and 1879 to hold 293 boys and girls and 150 infants. Average attendance in 1911, 290 boys and girls and 150 infants.

New Whittington (mixed) School. built in 1876 and enlarged in 1889 and again in 1890 to hold 600 children.

Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the New Whittington Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.

New Whittington Infants School. built in 1912 to hold 320 children.

Whittington Moor (mixed) School. built in 1876 and enlarged in 1893 to hold 400 children.

Whittington Moor (Infants) School. opened February 1911 to hold 430 infants.

The Bushes Endowed (Infants and junior mixed) School. built in 19101 to hold 224 chilren.