Source documents for the Chesterfield Canal are in many archive locations in England – and that’s only the ones I’ve found.  The following Research links are to the major and/or helpful locations I have discovered, so far.  Other locations can be found on the Sources page, the websites for which can be easily found by Google. Happy hunting!

On the Chesterfield Canal, and its region   Retford & Worksop Boat Club   Chesterfield Canal Trust    Regional Waterways



The Chesterfield Canal passes through three counties  –  Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw District), and South Yorkshire (Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council). Plus a major trading port for the canal was Gainsborough, Lincolnshire


Links to local places holding information about the Chesterfield Canal

Derbyshire Archives        Matlock

Chesterfield Library, Local Studies        Chesterfield

Nottinghamshire Archives        Nottingham

Bassetlaw Museum        Retford

Retford Library, Local Studies        Retford

University of Nottingham        Hallward Library, Special Collection (Archives)

Rotherham Archives        Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham

Sheffield Archives        Sheffield

Lincolnshire Archives        Lincoln

Gainsborough Library        Gainsborough. Has a collection of old local books


Links to national sites which may be of interest

Boat Family Ancestors      Spellweaver Website