Mackworth, Amber Valley

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Remains of Mackworth Castle - - 205765.jpg
Mackworth Castle.
Mackworth is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population229 (Including Kedleston. 2011)
OS grid referenceSK313376
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDERBY
Postcode districtDE22
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
List of places
52°56′06″N 1°32′06″W / 52.935°N 1.535°W / 52.935; -1.535Coordinates: 52°56′06″N 1°32′06″W / 52.935°N 1.535°W / 52.935; -1.535

Mackworth is a village and civil parish in the borough of Amber Valley, in Derbyshire, England. The 2011 Census recorded a population for the parish of 229.[1] Mackworth is about two miles (3.2 km) from Derby and ten miles (16 km) from Ashbourne. It shares its name with the nearby Mackworth Estate in Derby.


Mackworth, a conservation village, is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Historically, the parish also contained the neighbouring village of Markeaton,[2] now within the Derby city boundary. The site of Markeaton can still be seen in the slopes of the hillside. There is evidence of Roman occupation at Mackworth. The village shares its stone-built All Saint's church with Markeaton. The church has memorials to the Mundy family of Markeaton whose arms date back to Edward the first. Located close by is Mackworth Castle.

In 1881[2] the population of Mackworth village was given as 253, whilst Markeaton was given as 758 i. e. with 1,011 in total, in the parish of Mackworth.

Notable residents[edit]

  • William Emes (c. 1729–1803), landscape gardener, moved to a farmhouse at Bowbridge Fields about 1860.[3]
  • Samuel Richardson, "father of the English novel", was baptised here in 1689.[4]


  1. ^ "Area: Mackworth (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland Archived 2006-08-28 at the Wayback Machine London (May 1891), p. 250.
  3. ^ Keith Goodway, "Emes, William (1729/30–1803)", ODNB, Oxford University Press, 2004. retrieved 7 September 2014. Pay-walled.
  4. ^ John A. Dussinger, "Richardson, Samuel (bap. 1689, d. 1761)", ODNB, Oxford University Press, 2004. retrieved 7 September 2014. Pay-walled.

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