This site is for the Study of Old Whittington, near Chesterfield.
Description of Whittington taken from:
“The History of Chesterfield” 1839
“In the survey of Domesday, Whittington is described as a hamlet of Newbold. The paramount manor, which had been in the Peverils, was granted by King John to William Briwere, from whose family it passed to the Wakes. The Boythorpes,and after them successively the Bretons and Foljambes, appear to have held under the families before-mentioned as mesne lords; but the immediate possession was from an early period in the family of Whittington, whose heiress married Dethick. Geoffrey Dethick was seised of the manor as early as the year 1320. A co-heiress of Dethick brought it, about the year 1488, to the Poles, who held under Foljambe. George Pole had two daughters, co-heirs, who, towards the latter part of the seventeenth century, brough this manor in moieties to Frith and Chaworth. Frith’s moiety passed by marriage to Sir Charles Sedley, who sold to Gillett. The late Mr Richard Gillett, of Chesterfield, sold this moiety in or about 1813, to Mr John Dixon; and it is now the property of his great nephew, Henry Dixon Esq. The Chaworth family possessed three fourths of the other moiety in 1769: this portion passed afterwards to the family of Launder, and having been since purchased by Mr John Dixon, is now the property of his great nephew above-mentioned, who is possessed of seven eighths of the manor. The remaining eighth belongs to the children of the late Samuel Hinde, who inherited one sixteenth, and acquired one sixteenth by purchase”.
The description above highlights how the Dixon family became in effect Lords of the Manor of Whittington, John Dixon was a shrewd businessman, and on his death, in 1816, owned two thirds of the land in Whittington. John left no heir and his Whittington Estate passed to Henry Offerton (the son of his brothers stepson) who later changed his name to Henry Dixon.
Henry had no interest in running the glass business, preferring to live the life of the Lord of the Manor, he re -routed the old Eckington road, to keep passers-by away from his home, and replaced it with Handley Road, and then had Whittington Hall built as a family home. The Glasshouse was rented out as a farm and Henry lived on the income from the rents and leases of his tenants. He was still classed as Lord of the Manor in 1846, but by then Whittington Hall was already up for sale, as Henry’s expenditure far outweighed his income. The Hall was not sold until 1857, and Henry moved to Warwickshire where he died two years later.
The estate was bought by William Fowler, owner of the Dunston and Barlow Company (to become later Sheepbridge Coal and Iron). William Fowler’s son sold the estate in 1884 to William Parker. The ‘Dixon’ estate was finally sold off in lots in 1893.
A long association starting with Richard Dixon arriving in Whittington from Bolsterstone Works in 1704 had now ended.
History of Chesterfield (Whittaker and Co) 1839 ( reference to Rev. George Hall’s work of 1822).
Aspects of Chesterfield (Geoffrey Sadler) 2002
About Derbyshire ( Tom Bates ) 2007
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