Welcome to the website of Blackwell Parish Council
Home to the villages of Blackwell, Old Blackwell, Hilcote, Newton and Westhouses
The Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting
will be held at Hilcote Community Centre, New Street, Hilcote on Monday 13th May 2019 at 7:00pm.
The Public and Press are cordially invited to be present.
General Data Protection Regulations You can now view the Privacy Notice
adopted by the Parish Council on the 14th May 2018.
If the Parish Council holds your data, it will use it only for the purpose it was originally collected.
It will not be shared with any third-party unless you have been informed and have given your consent.
Blackwell village is part of the ancient parish of Blackwell, situated in the upper Erewash valley, that includes the villages of Hilcote, Newton and Westhouses.
Coal mining on a small scale had been carried on since medieval times with references to disputes between interested parties dating back to the 16th century. The population of the parish was 467 in 1851. By 1891 it had grown to 3104 and by 1921 there were over 5000 people living here. This sudden influx was mainly due to the sinking of deep coal shafts in Blackwell and Hilcote between 1870 and 1890.
Rows of houses were built for the workers and the Blackwell Colliery Company also built a school at Primrose Hill in 1873, supplementing the earlier endowed school. It had to be enlarged several times before a new school was built in the 1890's.
In the churchyard of St Werburgh's Church sits the remains of an anglo saxon cross. The church itself was built in 1827-28 and rebuilt except for the tower in 1878-79. It probably stands on the site of some pre christian enclosure.
Blackwell, had an old custon of Clipping the Church. It took place on the sunday nearest 21st June which is the birthday of St Werburgh. Parishioners 'embraced' the parish church by parading around it, the intention being to mark out the bounds of the church and bring in the flock.