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St Werburgh


  • The parish was in the Derby sub-district of the Derby Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2502 thru 2505
1891 R.G. 12 / 2729 thru 2735 and 2740


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the St Werburgh area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The church is at Friar Gate in Derby city.
  • The church is thought to be from the 15th century.
  • The church was built in the Classic Style, but had Tuscan columns.
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1601.
  • The church itself was rebuilt in 1893-94.
  • Dr. Samuel JOHNSON married his wife Elizabeth "Tetty" PORTER here in 1735.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Werburgh's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.
  • Jerry EVANS also has a photograph of St. Werburgh's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • This church was declared redundant in 1990.
  • This church is currently preserved by Volunteers with the Churches Conservation Trust and open every Saturday from 10:30am for a few hours.
  • Saint Werburgh was the daughter of King Wulfhere and Queen Ermenhilda of Mercia, born around 650. Whilst it was quite usual for the Kings' daughters of the age to become nuns, it was against her father's wishes for her to marry that she was finally allowed to enter Ely Abbey. In due course, she became its Abbess, and finally senior Abbess of all Mercia. She died on 3rd February in A.D. 700, and this day is now celebrated in the Church Calendar as her Feast Day.
  • There are understood to be 17 churches dedicated to her in England, two of which are in Derbyshire, at Blackwell by Alfreton, and Spondon. There are others in Dublin, Western Australia, in a village in Zimbabwe and Lady chapels in Chester and Lichfield Cathedrals.
  • The Derby City Church on Curzon Street was built as a Temperance Hall circa 1854, It was a dance hall in the 1950s but has been acquired by the Elim Pentacostal Church as a place of worship. The building is listed with British heritage as Grade II.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of Derby City Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.

Church Records

  • We have a pop-up window of St. Werburgh burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at St. Werburgh's Derby, 1558-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Derby sub-district of the Derby Registration District.

Description and Travel

Nestled in the heart of Derby city, this parish was one of four ancient parishes that combined to make the modern city of Derby.

Passenger railway service to this area ceased in 1964. Betty LONGBOTTOM has a photograph of the Friargate Railway Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

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Historical Geography

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


  • There is a photograph of the Greyhound Public House on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Lord Nelson Inn on Geo-graph, taken in 3 April, 2011.

Military History

There is a monument in white marble in memory of Sarah Elizabeth WHINYATES, wife of Lieut. Col. Edward harles. WHINYATES, C.B. K.H, who died 28 April 1828 and was buried here on 7 May 1828. She was 37 years old at the time.

Names, Geographical

The name is often rendered as "Warburgh", but the accepted spelling has the "e" in place of the "a".

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county, but it did not become a separate, modern Civil Parish until late 1898.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Derby Poorlaw Union.