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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.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2006
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2721 & 2722


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

  • This place was a chapelry of St. Peter's Church in Derby.

  • Boulton was formed as a separate ecclesiastical parish from St. Peter in 1730.

  • The chapel is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary (also recorded as "St. Mary the Virgin").

  • The chapel was built around 1090 as a chantry chapel.

  • The chapel is a small Norman structure.

  • The chapel was extended by 12 feet in 1840 and the rest of the fabric of the building was thoroughly repaired.

  • The chapel was again restored in 1871.

  • The chapel seats 340.

  • There is an extensive history at the Boulton Church website.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date from 1614, but are partly included in Alvaston.

  • Marriages at Boulton, 1756-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The London Family History Centre has "Boulton marriages, 1756 to 1812" on microfilm, as well as the Bishop's Transcripts for 1662 - 1880.

  • 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.

  • The chapel is in the rural deanery of Melbourne.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here before 1891.

  • The Baptists had a chapel here in the 20th century.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"BOULTON, a chapelry in the parish of Derby St. Peter, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in the county of Derby, 3 miles to the S.E. of Derby. The Midland railway and the Derby canal pass near it. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £120, in the patronage of the landholders. The church is old, and partly in the Norman style."

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

This place is 123 miles north of London and covers 1,591 acres. Today the parish is part of the conurbation of Derby city, and operates as a political ward of that city.

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Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK386325 (Lat/Lon: 52.888554, -1.427761), Boulton which are provided by:

Military History

  • The lychgate to the churchyard is a War Memorial to those who fell in World War I.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Derby St. Peter parish in Derbyshire and it became a separate, modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.

  • 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.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1802.

  • The London Family History Centre has "Boulton Poor law records, 1720-1795" on microfilm.

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