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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

"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.

You can see pictures of Alvaston which are provided by:


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.