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  • The parish was in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District up thru 1901.
  • Starting in 1911, the parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H. O. 107 / 191
1861 R.G. 9 / 2269
1871 R.G. 10 / 3247
1891 R.G. 12 / 2510


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


Church History

  • This parish is the home of Calke Abbey although the normal entrance to the abbey is in Ticknall.
  • The church was originally part of the Norman priory at Calke (mentioned above), built before 1161.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church tower contains a bell cast in the 14th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1826.
  • The church is a grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of the church at Flickr.
  • Nigel COX has a photograph of The Church of St Giles on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1699.
  • The registers for St Giles, Calke, are held at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock, covering bapt. 1699-1996; marr. 1699-1809 and 1827-1994; banns 1755-1781 and 1876-1947; and burials 1699-1991.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials partially extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Dusty Docs has Calke register baptisms and marriages from 1699 through 1812.
  • The London Family History Centre has the Calke register from 1699 through 1996 on microfilm.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District up thru 1901.
  • Starting in 1911, the parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description and Travel

"CAULK is a very small parish, in the same hundred as Melbourn, two miles therefrom. Caulk hall and park, the seat of Sir George Crewe, Bart. (before mentioned) [Ed: with REPTON] a gentleman of great benevolence, is about three quarters of a mile from the village. The church here was erected at his sole expense, and the living is in his gift. This parish for the last thirty years has been retrograding in its population. At the census taken in 1801 it contained 96 inhabitants, and in 1831 only 58."

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

The parish covered 750 acres in 1851 and is 10 miles south of Derby city. The nearest bus service is in Ticknall, with no stops in Calke. The parish sits on the Leicestershire border.

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish and township in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The citizens of Calke have elected to forgo a formal parish council and instead they have periodic parish meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Repton petty session hearings.
  • There is no record of ancient parochial relief for the poor of this parish.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.
  • White's Directory of Derbyshire, 1857, tells us that "The parish is joined to no Poor Law Union, as the noble owner undertakes to keep the poor from being chargeable." This would be highly unusual.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 96
1831 58
1841 55
1851 79
1871 63
1881 48