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Aston upon Trent


Archives and Libraries

Aston on Trent village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the Memorial Hall every fourth Tuesday in the late afternoon.



  • 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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Aston upon Trent area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey.
  • The original Norman church was torn down in the 13th century, except for the tower, to make way for a larger church.
  • Most of the present church was built in the 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1848 and 1863.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1873.
  • The church seats 320.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1667.
  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register baptisms in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at Aston-upon-Trent, 1667-1812 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.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1820.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"ASTON-UPON-TRENT is a parish and village, in the same hundred as Shardlow, two miles from that place, and about six and a half from Derby. The hall of Aston, a substantial mansion, the seat of Edward Anthony Holden, Esq. is in the village. At one time this place must have been of much more importance than at the present period, for we find that in 1256, the privilege of holding a market and fair was granted to it; both, however, have long been discontinued. The church is dedicated to All Saints, and the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Holden family. The parish (which has no dependent township), contained, in 1831, 620 inhabitants."

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

The parish is close to the border with Leicestershire, 6 miles south-east of Derby city and 132 miles north of London. Visit the Aston upon Trent community website for a little local color. The current population is around 1,800.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.

Andy STEPHENSON has a photograph of the Lake at Aston-on-Trent on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011, showing the pretty fall colors.

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Historical Geography

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Former Village Pump House on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.



  • Stephen RICHARDS has a photograph of Aston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2002.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Aston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.

Military History

  • During World War One, there was a Red Cross Hospital here in Aston Hall.

Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Aston-upon-Trent War Memorials and the names on them, see the British War Graves site.

There are three Commonwealth War Graves in the Aston upon Trent churchyard from World War I:

  1. W. H. RILEY, priv., M. T. Depot, Army Service Corps, died 28 March 1917.
  2. C. H. SMITH, sapper, Royal Engineers, died 23 Feb. 1918.
  3. E. SMITH, lance corp., 10th Btn., Sherwood Foresters, age 30, died 29 May 1918. Son of Richard and Hannah SMITH.

W. H. RILEY is "probably" the son of local farmer Phillip RILEY.

There is a Memorial in the church inscribed:

"In loving memory of Major Guy WINTERBOTTOM, Derbyshire Yeomanry, 2nd son of Lt. Col William Dickson WINTERBOTTOM of Aston Hall, Derby, killed in action on the Salonika Front, Aug. 9, 1917, aged 27 years. This tablet is dedicated by his father, wife and step mother. His last words were "I have tried to do my best, God's will be done. "

Names, Geographical

The village and parish call itself "Aston on Trent." Many old Directories and records use the "Aston upon Trent" format.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 28 acres from the abolition of Chellaston Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

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.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Village School on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.



  • The Ashton on Trent Local History Group has a website with photographs.