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Christine JOHNSTONE has a photograph of the Churchyard at St John's on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.

Alf BEARD provides a transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions on Rosemary LOCKIE's Wishful Thinking website.



  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John.
  • The church was built in 1843. It was consecreted in 1848.
  • The church was originally a chapel of ease for Longford, but became a separate ecclesiastical parish.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1878.
  • In 1908, the church chancel was restored and panelled in oak.
  • The church seats 160.
  • Geoff PICK provides a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1850.
  • We have a pop-up window of Alfreton burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • For information only - the "Parish Chest" for Alkmonton contains no Settlement Certificates. My grateful thanks to Janet KIRK for this information.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

"ALKMONTON, a township in the parish of Longford, hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the S.E. of Ashbourne. The living is a perpetual curacy in the dioc, of Lichfield, value £50, in the patronage of W. Evans, Esq. A hospital, dedicated to St. Leonard, was established in this parish before the year 1474."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Alkmonton is on the road between Cubley and Longford. The Bentley Brook flows through the west side of the parish.

J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014. It appears that they could use your artistry and graphic talent to enhance their signage.

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  • Mel LOCKIE provides a transcription of the Alkmonton entry from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
  • "A township and small scattered village, 2 miles S.W. from Longford. The church, dedicated to St. John, was originally a chapel of ease to Longford, has since (with Bentley Hungry) been made a separate parish for all ecclesiastical purposes. The living is a perpetual curacy; the Rev. Alpheus Slight, M.A., is the incumbent. Here is an endowed school for boys and girls." [Ex. Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]
  • Ann ANDREWS provides a transcription of the Alkmonton entry from Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1891).


Alkmonton, township and eccl. dist. (St John), S. Derbyshire, 5 miles S. of Ashborne -- township, 739 ac., pop. 95.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • A diamond-shaped wooden plaque in St. John's Church commemorates a single soldier from the 1st Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry lost in World War I.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial, see the Derbyshire War Memorials site. It reads:

"In loving memory of pte. Oswald Henry, son of George and Henrietta GADSBY of Hungry Bently who died at Salonica November 2nd, 1916, aged 24 years".


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Longford parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The parish has formed a Joint Parish Council with Hungry Bentley, but they have not established an Internet web presence.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Appletree petty session hearings.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1856 to house 40 students.

J. THOMAS has a photograph of the former schoolhouse on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014. You'll note that the schoolbell is retained on this building.