Eckington Parish is in the District of North East Derbyshire, and lies South East of Sheffield and North East of Chesterfield. The Parish consists of the villages of Eckington, Marsh Lane, Ridgeway, Troway, Renishaw and Spinkhill and contains about 5,000 households.
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The name Eckington is of Saxon origin, and it appears in the Domesday Survey as Echintune. The area became more developed from the mediaeval period with the exploitation of local iron and coal deposits and the growth of the manufacture of edge-tools, particularly scythes and sickles, and iron nails. Coal mining and associated industry continued well into the 20th Century and it was at the George pub in Eckington that the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Mining Association was founded in 1865.
Eckington Parish is in a beautiful setting of undulating agricultural land together with extensive well-established woodland. Eckington woods are justly famed for their spring flowers, in particular bluebells.
Eckington is a commercial centre with a number of shops, a bank, Post Office, Business Centre, Library, Civic Centre, Leisure Centre and the Church of St Peter and St Paul. There is a bustling weekly market on a Friday run by the Parish Council.
The extensive cemetery, just outside Eckington, contains much of local interest. The grave records have been digitised and can be accessed from this website.
Eckington Civic Centre is owned by Eckington Parish Council and is available for rent for functions and meetings. Other Community Halls owned by Eckington Parish Council are in the villages of Renishaw and Marsh Lane and both are available for rent.
Eckington Parish Council has Allotments in Eckington and Marsh Lane, and Play Areas throughout the Parish. It produces a quarterly newsletter.
Eckington Parish also includes Renishaw Hall and Gardens, home to the Sitwell family for over 400 years. Both the house and gardens are open to the public. The Sitwell family includes the prolific writers Edith, Osbert and Sacherverell Sitwell. The extensive Italianate gardens are renowned for their magnolias, bluebells and delphiniums.
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