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Foston and Scropton


  • St Paul, Scropton Road, Scropton, Church of England


  • The parish was in the Tutbury sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1958
1891 R.G. 12 / 2196


  • St Paul, Scropton Road, Scropton, Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Foston and Scropton 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 Paul.

  • The church was built in the village of Scropton.

  • The church was rebuilt in 1856.

  • The church seats 275.
  • Michael PATTERSON provides a photograph of Saint Paul's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1681.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.

  • Paul JONES provides a transcription of the Parish Records 1680-1812 on his website.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Tutbury sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

"FOSTON, a township in the parish of Scropton, hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 6 miles N.W. of Burton. At Scropton is a railway station on the North Staffordshire line, about 1½ mile S.E. of this village. It is situated on the N. bank of the river Dove. Foston Hall is the principal residence. Here is a meet for the Hoar Cross hounds."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Foston Brook is the small stream that flows through the parish.

You can see pictures of Foston and Scropton which are provided by:



Historical Geography

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


  • Scropton was historically the larger of the two settlements, with Foston being more of a hamlet just to the north.

  • The parish had an annual feast on the nearest Sunday to St. Paul's Day (25th of January).

  • In 1953, the Ministry of Justice acquired Foston Hall and converted it into a closed female prison. It was closed in 1996 for remodeling and re-opened in July, 1997.

  • In the 20th century the Dove Valley Business Park was established in Foston and a number of small industries have been encouraged to open there.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK189312 (Lat/Lon: 52.877917, -1.720621), Foston and Scropton which are provided by:

Military History

  • In 1891, Foston Hall was the property and sometimes residence of Admiral Sir Arthur CUMMING. The Admiral had been born in France in 1817. He is probably most noted for his anti-slavery operations in the Roayl Navy. He retired from the navy in 1880.

Politics and Government

  • Foston was an ancient Township on the Derby and Staffordshire county border. In December, 1866, Foston became a seperate, modern Civil Parish.

  • In 1890 this Civil Parish was severed from Staffordshire and placed under Derby county administrative control.

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

  • You may contact the Foston and Scropton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to provide you with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.