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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

"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.

You can see pictures of Chellaston which are provided by:



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.