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  • SCHOFIELD, R. B. - Benjamin Outram. Merton Priory Press, 2001.  ISBN 1-898937-42-7.


  • The hamlet was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1891 R.G. 12 / 2745


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Church History

  • There has been NO Anglican parish church or chapel in this hamlet.

Church Records

  • For parish registers, search the nearby parish of Ripley (the church on Butterley Hill road), Pentrich or Swanwic.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • This place was never a separate Civil Parish, so records would be under Pentrich Civil Parish.

  • The hamlet was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BUTTERLEY is a hamlet, in the parish of Pentrich, and hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, 3 miles from Alfreton, and about 2 from Ripley; it contains but few houses, and derives its importance from being the site of the extensive iron-works of the Butterley Company, where, and at Codnor Park, the manufacture of iron is conducted upon a scale of immense magnitude: all the heavier articles in cast iron a produced at these works, including bridges, steam engines, various kinds of machinery, and water and gas pipes."

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

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Historical Geography

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


  • The Midland (Heritage) Railway is located in Butterley and preserves some of the railway history of the region.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK404514 (Lat/Lon: 53.058312, -1.398656), Butterley which are provided by:

Military History

  • Sir James OUTRAM, a hero of the Indian Mutiny, was born at Butterley Hall in January, 1803.

Politics and Government

  • This hamlet was never a separate modern Civil Parish.

  • Although most of the hamlet was in Pentrich Civil Parish, some portions were in Ripley and some parts in Swanwick Civil Parishes.

  • This hamlet was in the ancient Morleston Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish joined the Belper Poorlaw Union.