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  • St Edmund, St. Edmund's Close, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Duffield sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2506
1891 R.G. 12 / 2741


  • St Edmund, St. Edmund's Close, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Allestree area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edmund King & Martyr.

  • Portions of the church date back to the 12th century.

  • The church tower is from the 13th century.

  • Much of the church was rebuilt in 1865-66.

  • The church seats 348.

  • David KELLY has a photograph of St. Edmund's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2002.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1596 and is in fair condition.

  • Marriages at Allestree, 1595-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • We have a pop-up window of Allestree burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The churchwarden accounts exist from 1618.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1871.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1821 and replaced it in 1895.

  • There is now a modern Wesleyan Church on Birchover Way near Ferrers Way.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Duffield sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Allestree which are provided by:
"ALLESTREY is a small parish, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, about two miles N. from Derby. The parish forms part of the Duchy of Lancaster, and is within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas, for the recovery of debts under 40s., held at Tutbury every third Tuesday. The places of worship are the parish church and a chapel for Wesleyan methodists: the former, which is dedicated to St. Andrew, is an edifice of some antiquity, with a square tower; and several monuments of the Mundy family embellish the interior of the church. The living is a perpetual curacy in the patronage of J. Mundy, esq. The parish contained in 1821, 361 inhabitants, and, in 1831, 501."

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

The parish is on the River Derwent and is currently a part of the conurbation of Derby city. Allestree village centre was made a Conservation Area in 1991 to preserve some of the older buildings and the "look" of the village.

You may enjoy reading about Allestree at Discover Derby.



Historical Geography

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


  • Much of the parish was pasturage in the 1700 and 1800s.

  • There are photographs with history notes at Derby Photos.


  • Allestree Hall had been built in the late 1700s.

  • Allestree Hall was the seat of Sir Thomas Willaim EVANS, bart., in 1891.

  • Allestree Hall used by the Royal Army during World War II. My sources are not specific as to its use.

  • After World War II, the local Parish Council took control of Allestree Hall. Some 323 acres of land were turned over to Derby City Council for use as park land.

  • The Hall is Grade II listed with British Heritage.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK347397 (Lat/Lon: 52.953540, -1.484954), Allestree which are provided by:

Military History

  • The gates on Robincroft Road were first dedicated to the men of Allestree who lost their lives in the First World War and originally allowed access to the car park of Allestree Recreation Ground. The gates were renovated and rededicated in 2013 when the car park was extended.

  • The Allestree Memorial Hall was given to the village of Allestree as a memorial to those who died in two world wars. It is a meeting place for educational and social functions. It is managed by volunteers who have set up a Trust for funding.

  • The War Memorial for Allestree is to be found in the grounds of St. Edmund's Church. There are sixteen names for World War 1 and 19 for World War 2.

Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Allestree War Memorial in the churchyard and the names on the monument, see the Roll of Honour site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Wirksworth parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Firday.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.

The "Parish Chest" for Allestree contains:

  • Settlement Certificates 1728 - 1822:
  • Removal Orders 1779 - 1818:
  • Filiation Orders1747 - 1834:
  • Bastardy Bonds 1764 - 1792:
  • Apprenticeships 1832 - 1848.

All of the above are on microfilm at the Derbyshire Record Office. Please note that a prior appointment is necessary to book a microfilm reader. My grateful thanks to Janet Kirk for this information.