In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whitwell like this:
WHITWELL, a village and a parish in the district of Worksop and county of Derby. The village stands 4½ miles WSW of Worksop r. station, and has a post-office‡ under Chesterfield. The parish includes Belph and Baxton-Moor hamlets, and comprises 4,880 acres. Real property, £6,924. ...
Pop. in 1851, 1,355; in 1861, 1,487. Houses, 309. The manor belongs to the Duke of Portland. W. Hall was the seat of Sir R. Manners, who was killed in the civil wars. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £640.* Patron, the Duke of Portland. The church is large, cruciform, and good. A ruined, ivy-clad Saxon church is at Steetley. There are a boys' and a girls' school, supported by the Duke of Portland.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whitwell, in Bolsover and Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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