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Help and advice for Whitwell

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Archives and Libraries

The Whitwell Library on the north side of Portland Street is normally open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your search.



  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Victorian headstones in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.
  • Trevor LITTLEWOOD has a photograph of the Graveyard in Whitwell on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.



  • The parish was in the Carburton sub-district of the Worksop Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2122
1861 R.G. 9 / 2422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2647


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
  • The church is 12th century construction.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of St. Lawrence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of St. Lawrence's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • J. THOMAS also has a photograph of St. Lawrence's church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1672.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Staveley.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions and correction are welcome.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1846.
  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"WHITWELL is a parish, in the hundred of Scarsdale; the village is situate at the N.E. extremity of the county, and is twelve miles N.E. from Chesterfield. The Duke of Portland is lord of the manor. The church is dedicated to St. Lawrence; the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Duke, and in the incumbency of the Rev. George Mason, of Cuckney, Nottinghamshire; the Rev. J. Harnage is the present curate."

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

The parish is 4 miles west of Worksop and covers 4,880 acres. The parish had passenger rail service from 1875 until 1964. The station was re-built and re-opened in 1998. Nigel THOMPSON provides a photograph of Whitwell railway station on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012. It appears substantial enough to stop a small tank, but it could use your talent for design and artistic skills to create a more enticing sign.

You can see pictures of Whitwell which are provided by:





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

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



  • There are Anglo-Saxon charters that refer to Whitwell.
  • Whitwell won the 'Best Kept Village in Derbyshire' Award in 1988.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the former Old George Inn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Royal Oak on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • David BEVIS also has a photograph of the Jug and Glass on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.

Military History

  • There is a War Memorial in the centre of the village on Station street. Andrew HILL provides a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011.
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE provides a view of the War Memorial in a round-about island on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.

Military Records


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 local Whitwell Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but, please, do NOT ask them to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Bolsover District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1813.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Worksop Poor Law Union.


Whitwell Hall was used for many years as the parish's National School.

By 1863 a Boys' School had been erected. Parents paid one penny each week for the child to attend this school.

In 1874 some students attended a school in nearby Creswell.

In 1896 the decision was taken to build a new school in the centre of the village. In March, 1897 the Duke of Portland had laid the foundation stone. On 25th April 1898 the new Infant School opened.

Staffing of the schools was almost impossible during World War I. School gardens were introduced, but food was often in short supply.

In May 1958, some 229 senior children were transferred to the newly built Markland Secondary Modern School at Creswell.

In July, 1976 building commenced on a new school. In December, the new classroom saw its first students.