Chesterfield, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Chesterfield St Mary and All Saints is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Derbyshire. Other places in the parish include: Calow, Newbold, Newbold and Dunston, Newbold and Dunston, Tapton, and Walton.

Chesterfield is perhaps best known for the "Crooked Spire" of its Church of Saint Mary and All Saints and is why the local football team is known as The Spireites.

The spire is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) from its true centre. The cause is probably because the spire was added to the tower by inexperienced craftsmen using unseasoned timber and insufficient cross bracing. The effect of sun also distorted the timber roof. When slate and lead tiling was added this increased the rate of bend and twist. It is probably the most recognisable church spire in the country.

CHESTERFIELD (All Saints), a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Scarsdale, N. division of the county of Derby; comprising the incorporated market-town of Chesterfield, which has a separate jurisdiction, and the townships of Calow, Hasland,Newbold with Dunstan, Tapton, Temple-Normanton, and Walton. Portions of the hamlets of Walton and Newbold, and the contiguous parts of the parish of Brampton, have been consolidated as a district to the new church of St. Thomas, Brampton. In 1838, a church was built and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, and Unitarians.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

CHESTERFIELD PARISH (1558) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1558-1635,
None 1558-1635,
None 1558-1635 None

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes

Derbyshire Record Office reference D643 has deposited registers Bap 1558-2005 Mar 1558-1994

Lichfield Record Office has deposited Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1665-1883 Mar 1665-1837  Burials 1665-1883 Missing Bap & Bur 1859

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Non-Conformist Churches

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241296.

Poor Law Unions

Chesterfield Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Derbyshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 576-586. Date accessed: 24 June 2013.