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  • The parish was in the Wirksworth sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The Alderwasley 1861 census is Online at the Wirksworth site. The 1851 and 1871 census should be on this site, also.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2518
1891 R.G. 12 / 2750

Church History

  • There was a small chapel built here during the reign of Henry VIII, but it was disused in 1857. By 1891 it was back in use as a mortuary chapel and the burial ground was still active.
  • The chapel was consecrated to Saint Margaret.
  • The chapel was restored in 1884.
  • The chapel is currently used as the Village Hall.
  • The chapel is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of St. Margaret's Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.
  • The Anglican church was built in 1850.
  • The church was consecrated to All Saints.
  • The church seats 300 (this number varies widely depending on source).
  • Robert HOWL has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.
  • Humphrey BOLTON also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.

Church Records

  • For information only - the "Parish Chest" for Alderwasley contains no Settlement Certificates. My grateful thanks to Janet KIRK for this information.
  • We have a pop-up window of a handful of Alderwasley burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the Wirksworth Deanery.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837. But, remember that this place wasn't a separate Civil Parish until late 1866.
  • The parish was in the Wirksworth sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ALDERWASLEY is a township, in the parish of Wirksworth, about two miles E. by S. from that town. The mansion of Francis Hurt, Esq. is pleasantly situate near the church, and commands an extensive prospect. Population 424."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The parish covers just over 3,100 acres.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Alderwasley has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



John PALMER has these notes from the 1851 census of Alderwasley Hall.


Military History

  • The Traces of War website shows us the parish has one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II. This information is incorrect. There are none. Nearly all the military casualties are buried overseas.
  • The Derbyshire War Memorial website includes a photograph of the Memorial.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Wirksworth parish in Derby county. It was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Alderwasley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belper petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.