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  • St Luke, Church Street, Church of England


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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2513
1891 R.G. 12 / 2747


  • St Luke, Church Street, Church of England

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Church History

  • The parish church was long just a Chapel of Ease under Duffield. The original chapel was built of wood, but was destroyed by a storm in June of 1545.

  • The chapel was rebuilt of stone in 1661.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Luke.

  • The church was repaired and enlarged in 1836.

  • The church seats 450.

  • A Chapel of Ease to St. Luke was built in 1890 in Ambergate.

  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Heage Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1819 for baptisms and 1847 for marriages and burials. See Duffield for earlier entries.

  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register baptisms in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1857.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a small chapel in Toadmoor hamlet before 1857.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here before 1857.

  • The Free (Reform) Methodists built a chapel here before 1857.

  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of the present Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

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 Heage which are provided by:
"HEAGE is a township and village, in the parish of Duffield, and hundred of Appletree, 15 Miles N. from Duffield, about the like distance S.S.E. from Alfreton, and 3 N.E. from Belper. There is a mineral spring in the neighbourhood, efficacious in ulcerous complaints and for stopping inward bleeding. A chapel under the establishment, and several others for dissenters of various denominations are in the parish. The living of Heage is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the vicar of Duffield. The township contained, according to the returns, made in 1831, 1,845 inhabitants."

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

The village stands near the River Derwent. The parish covers 2,600 acres and contains the hamlets of Nether Heage, Cackleton, Toadmoor, Ambergate, Black-Horse, and Boothgate. The River Amber serves as the northern border of the parish. The name derives from "High Edge". The village is noted today for its restored six-sail windmill from the late 1700s.

Nether Heage has its own website designed more for visitors than family historians.



Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK369506 (Lat/Lon: 53.051373, -1.450968), Heage which are provided by:

Military History

  • Nether Heage was once the site of a POW camp.

Military Records

Names, Personal

  • Lieut.-Col. Albert Frederic HURT, of Alderwasley Hall, was lord of the manor in 1890. Born in Yeldersley, Ashborne, DBY, in 1835, he had a distinquished military career and died in March, 1907.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Duffield parish in Derby county but was incorporated as a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • In an April, 1934, boundary adjustment, this parish gained 233 acres transferred from Crich Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belper petty session hearings every other week.

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