Newton, Derbyshire

Newton is a village in the Bolsover district of Derbyshire, England, about a mile south of Tibshelf. Population details are included in the civil parish of Blackwell.

George & Dragon public house, Newton, Nottinghamshire (geograph 3254330).jpg
George & Dragon
Newton is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population4,163 for Blackwell Parish (Census 2001)
OS grid referenceSK4459
• London123 mi (198 km)
Civil parish
  • Blackwell
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDE55
Dialling code01773
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Bolsover
List of places
53°07′48″N 1°20′28″W / 53.130°N 1.341°W / 53.130; -1.341Coordinates: 53°07′48″N 1°20′28″W / 53.130°N 1.341°W / 53.130; -1.341

Other NewtonsEdit

Newton is the commonest placename in England, there being 87 in total.[1]

In the same region are:


Newton is one of the four villages (wards) that make up the civil parish of Blackwell – the other villages being Blackwell, Hilcote, and Westhouses. The Parish Council has twelve members across the four wards[2] and meets monthly.

The civil parish of Blackwell is part of the shire district of Bolsover. The parish is represented by two councillors on Bolsover District Council.[3]

The shire district of Bolsover is part of the shire county of Derbyshire. The parish is represented by one councillor on Derbyshire County Council,[4] although the electoral division covers South Normanton East and Tibshelf as well as Blackwell.

Blackwell civil parish forms part of the Bolsover parliamentary constituency. The MP currently (2010) is Dennis Skinner, who was elected MP in the 1970 general election. He has held the seat ever since.


Historical TimelineEdit

Some of the main events in Newton's history are listed in the table below, in date order. The final column provides the source of the information about each event.

Newton – Historical Timeline
Year Event Source
1085 Domesday Book records "Blackwelle and Neutone Leuric with Levenot". [5]
Newton (Old) Hall in 2003.jpg
First record of Newton (Old) Hall. This is a small manor house, constructed of locally-quarried sandstone, with a stone slate roof. It is a listed building and is now a private residence. The other manor house in Newton was an older and larger building, but was demolished in 1793.
[5] and[6]
1577 First record of George & Dragon ale house. [5]
Red Barn Bell Pits in 2009.jpg
Coal-mining in bell-pit style. The "bell pits" were where holes were dug and coal taken out so far as it was safe, then another hole was dug alongside and the earth used to fill in the previous hole. This was apparently a common method of mining in the 16th century and possibly earlier.
1754 Jedediah Strutt invented "Derby Rib" process for cloth manufacture. See Notable People section.
1839 Tithe map shows that Newton was an agricultural settlement based around the junction of Cragg Lane, Hall Lane and Alfreton Road, with the Old Hall as the central focus with farmsteads located around it. [7]
1851 Census shows that 48 framework knitters are employed in Newton. Before the coming of the deep mines in 1868, coal-mining was done on a relatively small scale and the Blackwell area was better known as a centre for domestic framework knitting of hosiery. [8]
1868 The Babbington Colliery Company opened the first deep mine at Tibshelf "Bottom Pit". This gave rise to new housing at Sherwood Street, Bamford Street, Main Street and New Street. [5] and[9]
1872 Blackwell Colliery Company opened A Winning Colliery (off Fordbridge Lane). In 1875, it opened another colliery at B Winning (at Hilcote). By 1933, A Winning had 1340 employees and B Winning 727 employees. The Colliery Company also had pits at Shirland, Alfreton and Sutton. [10]
1886 Opening of Tibshelf & Newton railway station. [11]
1893 Opening of Great Central Railway line. [11]
1894 Blackwell Parish Council first meeting. [5]
Newton old school in 2010.
School opened in former Newton Chapel. Prior to its use as a school between 1898 and 1908, this was a Primitive Methodist Chapel that was built in 1880 and enlarged in 1889. It appears to have been superseded by the larger chapel across the road in 1904. The 1938 OS map shows it in use as a hall.
[5] and[12]
1902 Post office opens. [5]
Methodist Chapel in 2010
Primitive Methodist Chapel opens. This superseded the chapel on the opposite side of Main Street – see entry for 1898 above.
Newton Primary School in 2010
Current Newton School opens. The school was designed by George H. Widdows, Derbyshire Chief Architect. Widdows was nationally acknowledged as a leading and influential designer of schools in the early twentieth century. By the time Widdows retired in 1936, he had designed some sixty elementary and seventeen secondary schools in Derbyshire. Much of the original Newton School building remains but there have been multiple alterations over the years, especially at the south end following fire damage.
[5] and[7]
1908 First police officer stationed in Newton on Wire Lane. [5]
Former Co-op Store in 2015.
Co-operative Store built on Newton Green. This was a branch of the Tibshelf Equitable Co-operative Society Limited. This building has a date-stone showing "1908". A former resident of Newton recalls that, in 1936, there were 3 departments of the Co-op within this building at the corner of Littlemoor Lane and Hall Lane – these were (left to right) a drapery, a grocery and a butcher.
1911 Gas main laid to Newton. [5]
1911 The "Coronation Palace" picture house opened. [5]
1919 Church hall (now Community Centre) opened. [5]
1920 First bus services. [5]
1926 Coronation Palace closes. [16]
Tibshelf & Newton Station in 2007
Closure of Tibshelf & Newton railway station.
1930 Work began on constructing Whiteborough Reservoirs. Built on part of an Iron Age fort, the waterworks at the top of Newtonwood Lane (to the east of Newton village) is the water supply point for the parish of Blackwell (includes Newton). Known as Whiteborough Reservoirs, they were constructed by Eastwoods of Warsop. In October 1930, the Ministry of Health sanctioned a loan of £160,000 for a joint scheme for the benefit of Ault Hucknall, Blackwell, Glapwell, Pinxton, Pleasley, Scarcliffe, Shirebrook, South Normanton, Tibshelf and Upper Langwith. Work began in December 1930 and, on completion, each reservoir held 525,000 gallons of water. The water is pumped from Budby in Nottinghamshire to Stoney Houghton, then on to the reservoirs. To increase the supply, further reservoirs were added later. [17]
1933 Tibshelf Bottom Pit closed. [9]
1937 Picture House re-opens as "The Metro". [5]
1950 Building of "Charnwood Crescent" housing estate. [5]
1963 Closure of Tibshelf Town railway station. [11]
1966 Closure of Great Central Railway line. [11]
1967 Opening of M1 motorway. [18]
1969 Building of "Hallfield Road" housing estate (170 dwellings). [19]
1984–1985 Miners Strike. [20]
1986 Pavilion opened on sports field. [5]
1989 Opening of Five Pits Trail. Five Pits Trail
1992 Closure of Silverhill Colliery and associated rail link to Westhouses. [21]
Newton – War Memorial and Community Centre in 2010
Community Centre opened (following purchase and renovation of former Church Hall by Parish Council). The centenary of the formation of the Parish Council in 1894 is celebrated by means of a tapestry which is on display inside the Centre.
1998 Opening of Tibshelf motorway services. [22]
2002 Designation of Newton Conservation Area. A conservation area is defined as "an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". In Newton, the historic core of the village is considered to be a good local example of a turn-of-the twentieth-century agricultural settlement and has been largely unaltered in spite of post-war expansion. The area designated as a conservation area in 2002 is centred around the Hall Lane and Cragg Lane area. [7]
Newtonwood Lane Viaduct on Silverhill Trail in 2010
Opening of Silverhill Trail.
2013 Publication of proposed route of HS2 (high speed railway from London to Leeds). The route passes through the parish of Blackwell, just to the east of Newton and the M1 motorway. [24]
2013 Planning permission granted for 49 dwellings at "Newton Fields" (off of Thurgaton Way). Planning permission was granted for a further 40 dwellings at "Newton Fields" in 2015. [25] and[26]
Post Office and general store on Main Street prior to closure in 2015.
Post Office relocated from Main Street to Littlemoor Lane.
Post Office and general store on Littlemoor Lane in 2015.

Shops and Services over the yearsEdit

The table below shows how the number of shops and services in Newton has varied over the years. In the early 1900s, Newton was almost self-sufficient. The number of shops in each category is shown in brackets.

Newton – Shops & Services over the Years
1900[5] 1912[28] 1938[29] 1980 2017[27]
General store & beer-off General store (9) General store (3) General store (3)
Post office & general store Post office & general store Post office & general store Post office & general store Post office & general store
Greengrocer Greengrocer Greengrocer
Draper Draper (2) Draper
General Dealer General Dealer
Carter (2) Fly proprietor
Hardware Hardware
Blacksmith Blacksmith
Boot maker
Shoe repairer Boot repairer Shoe repairer
Hosiery manufacture
Co-op (butchers, grocery, drapery) Co-op (butchers, grocery, drapery)
Butcher (2) Butcher (2) Butcher
Hairdresser (4) Hairdresser (3) Hairdresser (2)
Public house (2) Public house (2) Public house (3) Public house (2)
Institute & club Billiard hall
Cinema Cinema
Glass & china dealer
Confectioner Baker
Cycle dealer
Newsagent (2) Newsagent Newsagent
Chip shop (2) Chip shop Chip shop
Coal merchant
Garage (repairs & petrol) Garage (repairs)
Craft shop
Carpet shop


Lie of the LandEdit

Newton village centre (war memorial) is 160 metres above mean sea level, rising north-eastwards to 204 metres at the top of Newtonwood Lane (Whiteborough Hill) and dropping south-westwards to 144 metres at South Street. Newton is drained by small watercourses on both the east and west sides. Both watercourses eventually reach the River Amber at Oakerthorpe.[30]


Most of Newton lies on the Pennine Middle Coal Measures Formation bedrock.[31] This is a mix of mudstone, siltstone, sandstone and coal seams. The sandstone was used as a building material, especially during the pre-industrial era.[7] The presence of coal accounts for the growth of the population in Newton during the industrial era. The mudstone enabled many of the local collieries (including Blackwell) to manufacture their own bricks.[32] To the east, Newton is overlooked by two Nottinghamshire hills, Whiteborough Hill and Strawberry Bank, that are capped by dolomitic limestone of the Cadeby Formation.[31]

Nearby PlacesEdit


  • Newton has a primary school on Hall Lane, providing education for children in the age range 4 to 11.[33]
  • As regards secondary education, Newton is in the catchment area of Tibshelf School, which caters for the 11 to 16 age range.[34]

Places of WorshipEdit

The only church actually in Newton is the Methodist Church on Main Street.[35] The nearest Anglican church is St Werburgh's at Old Blackwell.[36] Of the original late 12th-century church, there remains but one pillar, in Transitional style, preserved on the inner face of the north wall. The tower dates from an 1828 rebuild, while the rest of the church is of 1878. In the porch is the stump of a Saxon cross.[37]

Leisure facilitiesEdit

For a village of its size, Newton is fairly well-served by leisure facilities. These include:

  • Children's playgrounds at Bamford Street, South Street and Town Lane.[5]
  • Sports field off Charnwood Crescent,[5] including a multi-use games area.[38]
  • Allotments off Littlemoor Lane and South Street.[5]
    Newton – New Inn
    Public houses: George & Dragon and New Inn offering weekend entertainment on a regular basis.
  • Group meetings at Community Centre, including Old Peoples Club and Women's Institute.
  • Carnival events several times a year.[39]
  • Film showings at the Community Centre ("Cinema Newton") during the winter months.[38]



Newton is on the B6026 road, which effectively provides a link between the villages south-east of Chesterfield and junction 28 of the M1. The M1 passes immediately to the east of Newton, although there is no direct access to the motorway. The Tibshelf motorway service area has two service entries (northbound and southbound) onto Newtonwood Lane.

Bus Services

As at February 2015, there are commercial bus services during the daytime on weekdays to Alfreton (2-per-hour), Chesterfield (hourly) and Mansfield (hourly). There are evening and Sunday services to Alfreton and Mansfield but these run less frequently and are subsidised by Derbyshire County Council.

Train Services

The local stations for Newton were closed in 1930 (Tibshelf & Newton) and in 1963 (Tibshelf Town). The nearest stations are now Alfreton, Chesterfield and Sutton Parkway.

Footpaths and Trails

Newton is linked to neighbouring villages by road-side pavements and public footpaths. Newton is close to the junction of the Five Pits Trail with the Silverhill Trail, which provide longer-distance recreational routes.


Jedediah Strutt- one of the key people in the Industrial Revolution, has links with Newton. He was particularly involved in the development of mechanised clothing production, setting up mills in Belper and Milford that became the prototype for mills all over the world. Although it is certain that he was born, lived and worked in the Newton area, there is some confusion over exact locations:

  • Jedediah was born into a farming family in 1726 either in South Normanton[40] or Newton.[41]
  • In 1754 Jedediah Strutt inherited his uncle's farm stock in Blackwell.[42]
  • Strutt's father (William) was a tenant of Newton Old Hall (on Cragg Lane).[6] Jedediah is said to have worked on his revolutionary stocking frame at the hall.[43]
  • In 1754, Jedediah is said to have lived "where the old folk's bungalows are now in Main Street".[19]
  • Jedediah Strutt married Elizabeth Woollat 25 September 1755 at Blackwell.[42]
  • Jedediah died in 1797 and was buried in Belper.[44]

Sophie Baggaley- Association football goalkeeper who plays for Birmingham City L.F.C. and has represented England up to under 20 level.[45]


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