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Foston and Scropton



  • 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


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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.

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Historical Geography

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  • 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.

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 Royal 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.