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Dethick and Holloway



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

  • Alan S. FLINT has the 1841 and 1851 census indexed on his Dethick website. Don't be surprised to be whisked off to another site, it is part of the design.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2518
1891 R.G. 12 / 2750


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Dethick and Holloway 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 at Dethick is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

  • This stone church was built in 1220.

  • The tower was added in 1535.

  • This little church seats 60.

  • Colin PARK has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2011.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Holloway Medthodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Dethick and Holloway which are provided by:
"HOLLOWAY and [DETHWICK] LEA are two villages, two and a half miles from Cromford, containing considerable lead works, a manufactory for hosiery and merino spinning, and one for hats. The situation of these village is highly picturesque. From Lea the inclined plane of the High Peak railway ascends to the summit of the lofty bills which environ Cromford. Lea, or Dethwick Lea, and Holloway (in the parish of Ashover), form one hamlet, containing 675 inhabitants."

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



Historical Geography

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


  • Florence NIGHTINGALE lived part of her life in the family home at Lea Hurst.

  • The Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall is the Village Hall used by a number of organizations and clubs for local meetings.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK330570 (Lat/Lon: 53.109157, -1.508492), Dethick and Holloway which are provided by:

Military History

  • The Traces of War website tells us that the cemetery has one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II. That grave would be for Michael G. HAM who died in November, 1940, RAF Vol. Reserve.

  • There is a photograph of the Lea and Holloway War Memorial from the 1920s at the Ann ANDREWS site.

Politics and Government

  • This pair of hamlets were physically very close to one another and formed an ancient Township in Ashover parish in Derby county.

  • Dethick was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • Holloway was merged with Dethick Civil Parish in December, 1896.

  • This parish was a part of the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the local Dethick, Lea and Holloway Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Matlock and Wirksworth petty session hearings.

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