About Eckington - The History of Eckington - Historical Photos - Maps

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Eckington like this:

"ECKINGTON, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in Chesterfield district, Derby. The township lies on the river Rother, adjacent to the Midland railway and the Chesterfield canal, 6 miles NNE of Chesterfield; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Chesterfield. The parish contains also the townships of Troway, Renishaw, Ridgeway, and Mosborough. Acres, 6,610. Real property, £20, 601; of which £4, 631 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 4,958; in 1861, 6,064. Houses, 1,189. The property is much subdivided. The working of coal has recently been much extended; and the manufacture of pottery and hardware is largely carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £774.* Patron, the Crown. The church is good. The vicarage of Ridgeway is a separate benefice. There are four Methodist chapels, a R. Catholic church and college, an endowed free school, and some charities. The sub-district includes also Killamarsh parish and Staveley township. Acres, 14,938. Pop. 13,948. Houses, 2,620."

Population change in Eckington 1811-1961
Population change in Eckington 1811-1961

Population density (persons per acre) from 1811-1961
Population density (persons per acre) from 1811-1961

Total number of houses 1831-1961
Total number of houses 1831-1961



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Church Records

Civil Registration

Court Records

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries



  • "Recorded in the Domesday Book as Eckintune, the ancient parish and Manor includes Mosborough, Bramley, Plumbley, Renishaw, Spinkhill and Troway. Many of the records of the Manor Court have survived from the mid-14C onwards and are mostly in the possession of of the descendants of the last Lords of the Manor."

    This quote accompanies the web site which describes Eckington - The Court Rolls. 1633-1804. A Surname index is available online for Vol. IV (1633-1694) and Vol. V (1694-1804), and an address for purchasing copies of the full items. Vol. V is also available on microfiche for purchase from the Derbyshire Family History Society.

Names, Geographical

Names, Personal


  • Secondary School Promise. "Was it Bluff?" Asks Eckington Councillor - article published in The Derbyshire Times Saturday January 20th 1923. "If we had a meeting of rate-payers and asked whether they would have a secondary school or some houses I know which way the vote would go".


  • Inns and Public Houses - Licensees of the Duke William Inn, 1800-1896, compiled by Karen Hodges. Added 27 Jul 2006.

Probate Records

  • Eckington Wills information provided by courtesy of Michael Spencer/Jayne McHugh.
About Eckington - The History of Eckington - Historical Photos - Maps