Unstone (recorded in the Domesday Book as Onestune - originally called Unston until 1908 when the 'e' was added is even now pronounced with a silent 'e') is a small village in the north east of Derbyshire, that lies between Dronfield and Chesterfield and close to the hamlets of Apperknowle, Summerley, Hundall and West Handley. Originally, Unstone developed mainly as a commuter area for workers at Dronfield's numerous (now closed) coal mines.
The railway a former mineral line used to carry coal from the Unstone mines. Unstone railway station closed to passengers in 1951, finally closing for goods services in 1961. The line is now a nature reserve and forms part of the Unstone, Frith Wood and Summerley walk.
Through Unstone runs the River Drone and the Midland Main Line railway, although most through traffic circumvents the village fortunately via the Dronfield By-pass.
Unstone today is a very different area to that of its mining era. There is little in the way of employment in the village, the majority of the resident working population look to either Sheffield or Chesterfield for employment opportunities.