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Barrow upon Trent



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

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

Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 188
1861 R.G. 9 / 2489


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfrid (often spelled "Wilfred").

  • The church seats 157.

  • Jerry EVANS has a nice photograph of St. Wilfrid's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1657.

  • The London Family History Centre has the parish registers on microfilm for 1662 through 1946. They also have the Bishop's Transcripts for 1676 through 1868.

  • The same records are available at the Derby Local Studies Library.

  • Marriages at Barrow-on-Trent and Twyford 1657-1812 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 Congregationalists had a chapel built here in 1841.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

Barrow-on-Trent is a village, a Township and a parish 132 miles north of London and about 6 miles south of Derby city.

"BARROW-ON-TRENT, a parish in the hundreds of Appletree and Morleston, in the county of Derby, 3 miles E. from Willington railway station, and 6 miles to the S. of Derby, its post town. It is situated on the north bank of the river Trent, and contains the chapelries of Stenson and Twyford, and the liberty of Sinfin-with-Arleston. The Grand Trunk canal passes through the parish."

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

The A5132 arterial road passes along the north side of the village as it runs between Swarkestone and Twyford. The parish lies 132 miles north of London and covers 1,130 acres. In 1891 it included the townships of Sinfin and Arleston and parts of Twyford and Stenson. There is bus service to and from both Melbourne and Derby city on weekdays.

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Historical Geography

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


Politics and Government

  • The townships of Sinfin and Arleston were also ancient Liberties.

  • This place was an ancient township and parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • In December, 1866, most of Twyford and Stenson were split off when they became a separate Civil Parish.

  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 226 acres when Sinfin and Arleston Civil Parish was abolished. It also gained 79 acres at the same time when Sinfin Moor was abolished as a Civil Parish.

  • You may contact the local Barrow upon Trent Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to answer family history questions.

  • 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.

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