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  • J. A. YOUNG - A History of Chellaston. Chellaston History Group, 1988, 245 pages.



  • 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
1901 R.G. 13 / 3206


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

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.

  • The church was rebuilt in 1842.

  • The church was restored in 1875.

  • The church seats 200.

  • You can find a photograph of the church at the Chellaston Parish Page along with links to useful records.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1755 but earlier portions do exist.

  • Marriages at Chellaston, 1570-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • Brett PAYNE has a Chellaston website you might find valuable.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church is in the rural deanery of Melbourne.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1875.

  • The Baptists had a chapel on Derby Road by 1891 but that fell into disuse in the 20th century.

  • The Catholic Church of Saint Ralph Sherwin in Chellaston was built around 1970.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Chellaston which are provided by:
"CHELLASTON is an inconsiderable parish, in the same hundred as Melbourn, 3½ miles N. from that village, and 4½ S.E. by S. from Derby. The places of worship are, the parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, and a chapel for Wesleyan methodists. The living of Chellaston is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Bishop of Carlisle. Population, 352."

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

Chellaston is currently considered a suburb of the city of Derby, lying 5 miles south of the city centre and 130 miles north of London. It is the southern-most part of the city of Derby. You can read more about the village at the Discover Derby site.



Historical Geography

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


  • The parish has a long history of Alabaster stone work.

  • The oral tradition still holds that Robin Hood was born in this parish, but there is no corroborative proof of that.

  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Chellaston by Barbarann AYARS.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK379301 (Lat/Lon: 52.867030, -1.438442), Chellaston which are provided by:

Politics and Government

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

  • This place was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was abolished and the land split between Swarkestone, Elvaston and Aston upon Trent civil parishes.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

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