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  • FRYAR, Michael - Some Chapters in the History of Denby, 291 pages, orig. publ. 1934, Facsimile 1994.



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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2508
1891 R.G. 12 / 2742


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Denby 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 Mary the Virgin.

  • Parts of the church fabric date back to 1135, but there is evidence of an older church in the parish from the 900s. The tower dates from around 1300.

  • The church was enlarged in 1838.

  • On 16 December, 1852, the spire was struck by lightning and had to be restored.

  • The church seats 320.

  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

  • The church has its own Website with information on opening times and events.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1577 for all entries.

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

  • Marriages at Denby, 1557-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1841.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Denby which are provided by:
"DENBY is a parish (having no dependent township) in the same hundred as Butterley, between two and three miles S. from Ripley, and about 8 N.E. from Derby. Coal and iron-works, and a pottery are in the parish. The habitations are thinly scattered to a considerable distance around the church, which is an ancient building, dedicated to St. Mary. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Earl of Chesterfield. The parish contained, at the last census (1831) 1,272 inhabitants."

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

If you are planning a visit, the parish has its own Visitors' Centre to welcome and assist you. CAUTION: The site is intended to sell you pottery.



Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK386470 (Lat/Lon: 53.018894, -1.426037), Denby which are provided by:

Military History

  • The Denby War Memorial stands in the churchyard.

  • The Military Photos website has a photograph of the War Memorial, along with a transcription of the plaques.

  • The Traces of War website tells us that St. Mary's churchyard has one Commonwealth War Grave from World War I and 3 from World War II. See below.

Military Records

From the CWGC database, World War I:

  1. A. J. BINKS, flight sub-lieut., RNAS, died 9 Feb. 1918.

World War II:

  1. Enid BROWN, private, Aux. Terr. Svc., age 38, died 31 July 1944. Daug. of Hugh Fletcher and Bertha BROWN.
  2. John Trevor HUNT, ldg. aircraftman, RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 21, died 24 July 1943. Son of Herbert and Jessie Collin HUNT.
  3. Henry SMITH, gunner, 434 Battery, Royal Artillery, age 20, died 14 April 1942. Son of George and Agnes SMITH.

Politics and Government

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

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • In March, 1888, this parish gained the Hen Moor portion of Kilburn Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.