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Unstone St Mary's Infant School
Unstone is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population1,876 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK3777
Civil parish
  • Unstone
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtS18
Dialling code01246
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°17′N 1°26′W / 53.28°N 1.44°W / 53.28; -1.44Coordinates: 53°17′N 1°26′W / 53.28°N 1.44°W / 53.28; -1.44

Unstone (/ˈʌnstən/ UN-stən) is a village and civil parish in the English county of Derbyshire, situated in the North East Derbyshire administrative district approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south east of Dronfield. It is also close to the town of Chesterfield; the River Drone and the Midland Main Line railway run through the village, which has a population of over 1,000, increasing to 1,876 and including Apperknowle at the time of the 2011 Census.[1]

Originally, Unstone Main Colliery was the primary employment for the village it was the largest colliery of the group around Unstone. it was severed by a midland railway branch land which connected it to the main line in Dronfield and sheepbridge, although it ceased working around 1900 there are significant remains in the woodland area of both the railway and mine coal mines. [2] [3]

Unstone community centre is built on the former track bed of the midland branch next to the former over bridge on crow lane. [4]

The village has more than doubled in size over the past century. A modern housing estate, Unstone Green, was built at the other side of the railway line from the original village; the majority of the estate, which was built in the 1940s, was initially intended to be temporary housing for the many coal miners in the area, but it is still intact today. Originally on the A61 trunk road, the village is now bypassed by the Unstone-Dronfield Bypass dual carriageway.

The village has two schools: Unstone St Mary's Infant School on Crow Lane and Unstone Junior School on Main Road.[5]

The road from Dronfield

There is a parish council [1] and the Grange.[2]

There are bus services to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Holmesfield.

The village used to be served by the now-closed Unstone railway station.

Landmarks are a TV transmitter and a railway viaduct. There is one public house, the Horse and Jockey; the village Post Office closed in 2019.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  2. ^ "unstone main colliery".
  3. ^ "unstone main colliery on old map".
  4. ^ "google map of community centre".
  5. ^ "Unstone Junior School". unstone.derbyshire.sch.uk. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

External links[edit]

Unstone in the Domesday Book