Risley, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Risley is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Derbyshire, created in 1719 from chapelry in Wilne with Draycott, Derbyshire chapelry in  Sawley, Derbyshire Ancient Parish.

RISLEY, a chapelry, partly in the parish of Sandiacre, and partly in that of Wilne, union of Shardlow, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, S. division of the county of Derby, 7½ miles (E. by S.) from Derby, on the road to Nottingham; containing 240 inhabitants. It comprises 1100 acres, whereof two-thirds are arable and the remainder pasture; the land is well wooded. The Rev. J. H. Hall is lord of the manor and principal owner, the property having come into the possession of his family by purchase about 1770. The Sawley station of the Midland railway, and the Stapleford station of the Erewash railway, are distant each about a mile and a half. The living is a perpetual curacy, with that of Breaston annexed; net income, £119; patron, the Earl of Stamford and Warrington. The tithes have been commuted for £287. The chapel, dedicated to All Saints, was enlarged and thoroughly repaired in 1841, at a cost of £545, raised by subscription, and is a neat edifice consisting of a nave, chancel, and handsome pinnacled tower. Two schools were built in 1718, by Elizabeth Grey, who endowed them with land now producing, with a rent-charge of £13. 6. 8. previously bequeathed by Catherine Willoughby, an income of £340. These schools are free to several parishes, the children of which are entitled to a classical and general education according to the principles of the Church of England. The Rev. H. Banks Hall, LL.B., is the present head master: the appointment is in the gift of Trustees, subject to the approval of the lord of the manor. There is a house for the head master, and another for the second master. At Silver Hill a silver dirk was found, now in the British Museum. Sir Hugh Willoughby, who was employed to discover the North-West Passage, and was frozen to death with his crew on the coast of Lapland in 1554, was a native of this place.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 676-679. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51240 Date accessed: 10 April 2011.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Risley registration tranferred to the Ilkeston registration district on 1 April 1938.

Shardlow registration District GRO volumes : XIX (1837-51); 7b (1852-1946); 3A (1946-74).

Registers are now held at
The Register Office, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AR.
Tel: 01332 256526/35/36. Fax: 01332 256525.
E-mail: registeroffice@derby.gov.uk

Church records

Risley All Saints

Derbyshire Record Office reference D 2411 has deposited registers Bap 1719-1993 Mar 1720-1993 Burials 1720-1993 Banns 1823-1974

Lichfield Record Office has deposited Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1696-1857 Mar 1696-1837 Burials 1696-1857 Missing Bap/Bur 1838

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Census records

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Poor Law Unions

Shardlow Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Derbyshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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