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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2721 & 2722


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Alvaston 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

  • There was a small chapel here in Saxon times.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.

  • The church was rebuilt in 1855.

  • Visit the church website for more information.

  • The church seats 374.

  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of St. Michael and All Angels' Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1614.

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

  • Marriages at Alvaston, 1614-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Melbourne.

  • Derek WOSIK has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

  • Derek WOSIK also has a photograph of the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Alvaston which are provided by:
"ALVASTON, a chapelry in the parish of Derby St. Michael, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch in the county of Derby, 3 miles to the S.E. of Derby. It is situated on the river Derwent, near the Midland railway, and the Derby canal goes through the parish. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £116, in the gift of the parishioners. The Wesleyan Methodists have a chapel here: The principal residence is Alvaston House."

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

Today, Alvaston functions as a suburb of Derby city, on the A6 trunk road only 3 miles from Derbvy city centre. The village has grown considerably in the last 150 years. Allenton is considered a portion of Alvaston.

Keith EVANS has a photograph of the Milepost on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2012. This is to remind you how far you are from London.


Historical Geography

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


  • The skeleton of a 120,000-year-old hippopotamus was found in Allenton, along with the skeletons of an elephant, brown bear, hyena and bison. These are on display at the Derby Museum.

  • The "Allenton" hamlet, formerly "Allentown", started in 1878 when Isaac ALLEN built the first houses here.

  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Alvaston by Barbarann AYARS.

  • John BLAYLOCK has a history of Alvaston on his Local History website.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK385335 (Lat/Lon: 52.897550, -1.429129), Alvaston which are provided by:

Military History

  • Chris J. DIXON has a photograph of the War Memorial Village sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2005.

  • Chris J. DIXON also has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2005.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in Derby St. Michael and became a modern Civil Parish in 1884.

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Derby City Council, regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.