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  • WILTSHIRE, Mary (and others) - Duffield Firth. Landmark, 2005. ISBN 1-84306-191-0.


  • Duffield opened a cemetery of 3.5 acres in March, 1880, with 2 mortuary chapels, shared with Milford parish.


  • The parish was the centre of the Duffield sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2144
1861 R.G. 9 / 2507 thru 2510 & 2513 & 2518
1891 R.G. 12 / 2741
1901 R.G. 13 / 3226


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Duffield 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

  • This place had a Saxon church at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Alkmund.

  • No trace remains of the early Saxon church dedicated to Saint Alkmund.

  • The church was extensively restored in 1847.

  • The church seats 578.

  • A fine Yew tree of great age stands in the churchyard.

  • Michael BARDILL has a photograph of St Alkmund's Church and the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date from 1598 and is generally in very good condition.

  • Marriages at Duffield, 1598-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

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

  • The church used to have a handout for visitors telling where to find families in the church graveyard.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

  • Available at the Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock (original registers):
  1. Baptisms 1598-1980
  2. Marriages 1598-1980
  3. Banns 1754-1773, 1880-1962
  4. Burials 1598-1960
  • The records above are on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • The Baptist chapel was built here in 1830, only 20 years after the Baptist community was formed here.

  • The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built on King Street in 1777, rebuilt in 1855 and replaced by a new chapel in 1904.

  • The Methodist Free (later "United Methodist") chapel was built in 1843 on Town Street.

  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Evangelical Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was the centre of the Duffield sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Duffield which are provided by:
"DUFFIELD is a large and pleasant village, in the populous parish of its name, in the hundred of Appletree: the village is situate on a fine plain, over which the main road passes, leading from Derby to Belper, Matlock, and Sheffield; about four and a half miles north from Derby, and three and a half south from Belper. It has long been esteemed a favourite residence of persons enjoying a respectable competence, who prefer retirement and quiet to the bustle of larger towns."

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

This village, township and parish sit in a valley on the banks of the Derwent River 5 miles north of Derby city, 3 miles south of Belper and 132 miles north of London.

Windley Township is 2.5 miles north-west of Duffield village.



Historical Geography

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


  • The Romans had a station here.

  • The Normans made pottery here.

  • Duffield Castle used to stand in this parish on Castle Hill. The castle was burned down by the Royal Army in 1266 in retribution for an act of treason.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK349427 (Lat/Lon: 52.980495, -1.481655), Duffield which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial is a tall cross on a three-step base next to Saint Alkmund's Church.

  • Eamon CURRY has a photograph of the Duffield War Memorial next to the church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

Politics and Government

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

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

  • You may contact the Duffield Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist 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 Belper petty session hearings every other week.

  • In 1667, an endowment left by Edward Potterell was used to build an almshouse for two poor people of the parish.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1791.

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


  • A grammar school at Duffield was founded in 1565 by William GILBERT.
    (Ref: A History of Derbyshire, Gladwyn TURBUTT, 1999)