Status: Active, 3 volumes published

The first of our new hardback sets of parish histories was published in late 2013. This book concentrates on parishes in the Bolsover area namely Barlborough, Whitwell, Clowne and Elmton (including Creswell) and Bolsover itself. This volume was launched at Heritage High School, Clowne on Saturday 12 April 2014. The event was combined with a Marc Fitch Lecture by Professor David Hey on the orgin and spread of Derbyshire surnames.

Two volumes were published in the early 20th century, Volume I (1905) and Volume II (1907) before a cessation of VCH activity in the county.  Work formally restarted in 2002 and between 2005 and 2010, VCH Derbyshire was part of the England's Past for Everyone project.  As a result, two paperback volumes were published; Bolsover: Castle, Town and Colliery and Hardwick: A Great House and its Estate.  In addition to the published volumes, a range of interactive web resources relating to Bolsover and Hardwick were made available on the VCH Explore website.

Derbyshire VCH is actively researching parishes and townships in southern, western and north-eastern Derbyshire. Volume IV will feature Ault Hucknall, Heath, Sutton-cum-Duckmanton, Scarcliffe, Palterton, Langwith and Shirebrook.

As draft texts for volume IV become available we will mount them on this website. Texts will be accessible either as PDF files or as Word Documents. (For best results, view Word documents in 'Print Layout' mode). Use the back arrow (top left) to return to the main website.

For permission to reproduce any section, or to make any comments contact the Derbyshire County Editor Philip Riden by email

Citations in printed works should be to: VCH Derbyshire, online text-in-progress (parish-name, date).

Texts, where mounted on this website, have not yet been formally peer-reviewed.


William Page
Jan 1905
William Page
Jan 1907
Bolsover Volume Cover
Philip Riden and Dudley Fowkes
Sep 2008
Hardwick Volume Cover
Philip Riden and Dudley Fowkes
Nov 2009
Philip Riden and Dudley Fowkes
Nov 2013

News and events

Save the Date: Derbyshire VCH AGM - 28 June 2014
Local History Exhibition at St John the Baptist's Church in Tibshelf
News about VCH Derbyshire's summer walks programme
All Derbyshire local history research groups continue into the Summer term 2014
Our successful book launch and Marc Fitch lecture at Clowne, Derbyshire on 12...
VCH Derbyshire III
News about our revised Derbyshire research handbook
Dr Adam Chapman is our new Editor and Training Coordinator

Work in progress

This volume is currently being researched. Drafting and editing of tex...