Pursglove of Dronfield - [DRON]

Dronfield is built on the River Drone, a tributary of the Rother, and it forms a District with Dronfield Woodhouse and Coal Aston.  This is a wool town with a market and in the 16th century spinning and weaving was the main trade.  In the 17th to 19th century, coal mining was a significant part of the local economy. Steel was also produced here, but in 1882, the Willson Cammell steelworks were moved to Workington in Cumbria and many of the workers moved with their jobs.  They became known as 'Dronnies'.

The 12th Century parish church of St. John the Baptist was built in the Gothic Style.


Elizabeth Pursglove, daughter of Richard Pursglove [453], batp. 10/1/1621

Sarah Pursglove, daughter of Richard Pursglove, bapt. 24/8/1656
(Mary) Pursglove, daughter of Richard Pursglove, bapt. 26/9/1658

Joseph Pursglove [456] of Ashop <sic> married Elizabeth Chautry <sic> on 13/11/1693
   Joseph Pursglove from Ashover and Elizabeth Chantry from Dronfield moved to Ashover

Ann Pursglove [458] married James Booker on 16/12/1753

Thomas Pursglove [460] married Ann Parr on 27/10/1836

1881 Census, Dronfield (roll 3444 folio 94 page 35)
Thomas Purseglove, 46, M, Head, born at Ironville
Louisa Purseglove, 43, F, Wife, born at Ironville
Mary Purseglove, 18, F, Dau, born at Ripley
William Purseglove, 12, M, Son, born at Ripley
Annie E. Purseglove, 10, F, Dau, born at Ripley
George H. Purseglove, 6, M, Son, born at Dronfield
Moved to Workington, Cumberland with closure of the Wilson Cammell Steel Works in 1883.

1881 Census, Dronfield (roll 3445 folio 14 page 22)
John Pursglove, 30, M, Head, born at Eyam



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