Derbyshire: Local History Resources

260 people died of bubonic plague in the village of Eyam, Derbyshire in the 1660s. But it was the decision of villagers to quarantine themselves that saved all the communities around them and placed Eyam firmly in the history books.

Derbyshire remains a beautiful county of rolling countryside dotted with villages and stately homes. There’s also a lot of historical sites still present in the county to remind us of the Industrial Revolution and the materials and goods once produced here.

Cities And Towns In Derbyshire

Whilst Derby is the only city in the county, the following towns are located in Derbyshire:

  • Alfreton
  • Ashbourne
  • Bakewell
  • Belper
  • Bolsover
  • Buxton
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith
  • Chesterfield
  • Clay Cross
  • Darley Dale
  • Dronfield
  • Eckington
  • Glossop
  • Hadfield
  • Heanor
  • Ilkeston
  • Killamarsh
  • Langley Mill
  • Long Eaton
  • Matlock
  • Melbourne
  • New Mills
  • Ripley
  • Sandiacre
  • Shirebrook
  • Staveley
  • Swadlincote
  • Whaley Bridge
  • Wirksworth

Derbyshire History Facebook Groups

  • Chesterfield & District Local History Society
  • Clowne Local History Society
  • Derbyshire Family History Society 
  • Furness Vale Local History Society
  • Grassmoor Local History Group
  • Heanor Local History Society
  • Ilkeston & District Local History Society
  • North Wingfield Local History Group
  • Pinxton And South Normanton Local History Society

Local History Resources For Derbyshire 

The extensive national resources for local history and family history research in the UK have been listed on a separate page. Many of them will include information about the people and places of Derbyshire.

If you are looking for local information about the history of Derbyshire, some of the following resources will be useful:

  • Arkwright Society
  • Bakewell Old House Museum
  • Barrow Hill Roundhouse
  • Bolsover Castle
  • Bolsover Cundy House (English Heritage)
  • Bonsall History Group 
  • Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Calke Abbey
  • Catton Hall
  • Chatsworth House
  • Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery
  • County Hall Local Studies Library
  • Creswell Crags
  • Crich Tramway Village
  • Derbyphotos.co.uk 
  • Derby & District Local History Forum
  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery
  • Derbyshire Archaeological Society
  • Derbyshire Family History Society
  • Derbyshire Record Office
  • Derbyshire Surname Interest List 
  • Derby Telegraph
  • Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District
  • Erewash Museum
  • Eyam Hall
  • Eyam Museum
  • Glossop Heritage Trust
  • Haddon Hall
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Heanor & District Local History Society
  • Ilkeston & District Local History Society
  • J R Booker, the Bard of Bozer
  • Kedleston Hall
  • Land Tax, 1866
  • Langley Mill Heritage Group
  • Magic Attic Sharpe’s Pottery Museum 
  • Map of Derbyshire published 1885
  • Melbourne Hall
  • Midland Railway Museum, Butterley
  • Ockbrook & Borrowash Heritage Society
  • Pickford’s House
  • Sudbury Hall
  • Sutton Scarsdale Hall (English Heritage)
  • The Silk Mill
  • Tissington Hall

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Thanks to Tim Hill for use of the image at the top of this page.