South Wingfield

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South Wingfield
South Wingfield Church.jpg
South Wingfield church during the 2007 floods
South Wingfield is located in Derbyshire
South Wingfield
South Wingfield
South Wingfield shown within Derbyshire
Population1,514 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK375555
Civil parish
  • South Wingfield
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDE55
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
List of places
53°05′44″N 1°26′24″W / 53.0956°N 1.440°W / 53.0956; -1.440Coordinates: 53°05′44″N 1°26′24″W / 53.0956°N 1.440°W / 53.0956; -1.440

South Wingfield is a village and civil parish in the Scarsdale Hundred of Derbyshire, England, and is now part of the Borough of Amber Valley. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 1,514.[1]

The Domesday Book: South Wingfield is listed amongst the small proportion of manors that are owned by Roger de Poitou. In 1086, the book notes that

"In South? Wingfield Alnoth had two carucates of land to the geld. There is land for three ploughs. Robert holds it of Count Alan under William Peverel and has 1 plough. There is a priest and 8 villans and 2 bordars and 3 ploughs. There is 4 acres (16,000 m2) of meadow. It was and is worth 20 shillings.[2]

Note: Above the reference for Wingfield there is a note which says "Roger de Poitou had these lands now they are in the King's hand.

An ex-mining village, it has a mixed community. Its most famous landmark is Wingfield Manor, a ruined manor house built around 1450 and now managed by English Heritage and only open to the public on one Saturday a month during the summer. It is situated about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Crich, and 6 miles (9.7 km) from Matlock. It sits astride one 'B' class road, the B5035, and the River Amber runs through the lower parts of the parish. The centre of the village is at the Market Place, where Manor Road, Church Lane, Inns Lane and the High Road meet. The village shop is on the Market Place, as is the Horse and Jockey public house (now closed). The Market Place has been recently renovated by the local authority with a flower bed and paved area.

Other notable places in the village are the parish church of All Saints, dating from the 13th century, the Methodist Chapel, a Baptist Chapel and a Gospel Hall. The three currently active pubs are the Blue Bell on Church Lane, the Old Yew Tree on Manor Road and South Wingfield Social Club on High Road. The village school was built in 1875 and is still thriving. The post office was on Inns Lane, but closed some years ago. The parish of South Wingfield extends to cover the wider area covering the village of Oakerthorpe and the hamlets of Moorwood Moor, Wingfield Park and Uftonfields.

Some[who?] feel that the origin of the name of the village is derived from Sweinfeld (or similar spelling) from the ancient English for Swine Field. Alternatively, the name may derive from 'Wynn' field, a field of heather, i.e. a moor.

The so-called Pentrich Revolution of 1817 should perhaps be called the Wingfield Revolution as two of the three ringleaders came from South Wingfield (the other was from Sutton, so none of the main characters were from Pentrich). The event started from Hunt's barn to the west of South Wingfield, the weapons were hidden in a quarry in Wingfield Park, and the only death on the night occurred in Wingfield Park.[clarification needed]


South Wingfield Social Club on High Road hosts regular Friday night live music events. Local live bands perform at the venue.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.744

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