Place:Wessington, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesWessingtonsource: from redirect
Washingtonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Wistanestunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 71
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.117°N 1.448°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoCrich, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located before 1866
Scarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located after 1866
Chesterfield Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
North East Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Wessington is a village and civil parish which, since 1974, has been located in the North East Derbyshire District of Derbyshire, England. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 UK census was 576. It is near to the towns of Matlock, Alfreton and the village of Brackenfield.

The civil parish of Wessington is one of three most southerly parish in the North East Derbyshire District. It stands on the west side of the Amber Valley on the Alfreton to Matlock Road.

The village was called Washington before acquiring its present name. The parish was separated from its ancient parish of Crich in 1859. At the time, most of the inhabitants of the village were employed in the stocking frame knitting industry.

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Wessington was in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred until it was separated from Crich and became a civil parish. It was then transferred to Scarsdale Hundred. In 1894 it became part of the Chesterfield Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan North East Derbyshire District.

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.

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