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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

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



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.