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  • 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


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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

"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.

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Historical Geography

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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.