"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.
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