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Church Gresley



  • The parish was in the Gresley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2011
1861 R.G. 9 / 1962
1891 R.G. 12 / 2198


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

  • About a mile to the north of the village are the remains of Beauvale Priory, founded in 1338 for Carthusian monks. It was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and Saint Mary.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint George and is in Church Gresley township.

  • The church was built in the reign of Henry I (early 12th century).

  • Originally a priory was constructed with the church, but no trace of that structure remains.

  • Most of the church was rebuilt in 1820.

  • The present chancel was built in 1872.

  • The church was restored in 1881-82 and again in 1896.

  • The church seats 355.

  • Ray COFFEY has photograph of The Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.

  • The church is a Grade II building with British Heritage. The tower has a noticable lean to it, but it does not appear to be in danger yet.

  • St. John's Church was built in the township of Donisthorpe. See Donisthorpe for information on that church.

  • A church was also built in the township of Swadlincote in 1847. See Swadlincote for information on that church.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568 for baptisms. Early portions were badly written, often indecipherable and are in poor condition.

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

  • Transcripts of the Parish Registers for 1574 - 1984 are available at the Church Gresley Parish Page.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1831 and rebuilt it in 1850.

  • The Latter Day Saints had a chapel here before 1857.

  • The Catholic church of Our Lady of Good COunsel was built in 1897.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists both had small chapels in Linton township before 1857.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists both also had small chapels in Oakthorpe township before 1857.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had small chapel in Swandlincote township before 1857.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Gresley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Church Gresley which are provided by:
"CHURCH GRESLEY is a parish, in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, 13 miles S. from Derby, 6 W. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and 5½ S.E. from Burton-upon-Trent - the last-named being the nearest post town. The coal works and potteries of this parish and neighbourhood are rapidly rising in importance, and from discoveries recently made in the mines hereabout, highly beneficial results are anticipated. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Sir Roger Gresley, Bart. whose remote ancestor founded a priory of canons of the order of St. Augustine, in the reign of Henry I, and dedicated it to St. Mary and St. George. The parish contained, at the last census, 2,543 inhabitants, and the township 671 of that number."

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

The parish covers about 5,510 acres and abuts the Leicestershire border. There is no village of "Gresley" or "Greasley" today. You may wish to read about the "Lost Village of Greasley".

There is an area south of the lost village known as "Linton Heath". Sue ADAIR has a photograph of the "Linton Heath Village Sign" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Moorgreen is a hamlet in the parish. Newthorpe is also a hamlet in the parish. Watnall Cantelupe and Watnall Chaworth now form one village on the road from Alfreton to Nottingham. Drakelow is a Township in the parish situated on the River Trent.



Historical Geography

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


  • In the 1800s the parish had extensive collieries and made considerable pottery. Fire bricks were also made here from local clay.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK293181 (Lat/Lon: 52.759692, -1.567265), Church Gresley which are provided by:

Military History

In 1912, B Squadron of the South Nottingham Hussars was headquartered in Watnall Cantelupe, Major T. P. BARBER, commanding; Sergt.-Major H. J. HALL, drill instructor.

A photograph of Major BARBER is at the Yeomanry site.

The Chancel Screen was erected in light oak in 1919 as a memorial to those from Greasley who died in the First World War.

In the Chancel is a wooden board bearing the Memorial to the Second World War, in light oak and separated into the three services.

A stone obelisk was erected across from Maurice Lea Memorial Park, surrounded by trees, shrubs and seats.

The War Memorial dedication is pictured at the Roll of Honour site. Names have not yet been transcribed.

A more recent view of the War Memorial is at Geograph, taken by Alf BEARD.

Military Records

For a list of the names on the two church memorials, please see the Southwell Church History Project site.

Politics and Government

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

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

  • The parish at one time contained the townships of Chruch Gresley, Castle Gresley, Donisthorpe (with Oakthorpe), Drakelow, Linton and Swadlincote.

  • Drakelow became its own separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • Swadlincote became its own separate modern Civil Parish before 1841.

  • Drakelow's District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Burton-upon-Trent Poorlaw Union.


    Year  Inhabitants
1801 899
1831 1,786
1841 2,330
1851 2,819
1891 6,309