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1851 H.O. 107 / 2011
1861 R.G. 9 / 1962
1891 R.G. 12 / 2198
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

"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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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.

The BBC has some World War II memories of Church Gresley from Maisie MILLER.

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Military Records

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

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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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