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  • WEBSTER, Averill - Horsley Through the Ages - A Derbyshire Village, Oldrini Publishing, Kilburn. ISBN 0 9534457 0 4.


  • The parish was the centre of the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2508
1891 R.G. 12 / 2742


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Horsley area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Clement and Saint James.
  • The church was built in circa 1200.
  • The church seats 350.
  • Rob BRADFORD has a photograph of St. Clement's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • David BEVIS also has a photograph of St. Clement's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2010.
  • The church has a website.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • Marriages at Horsley, 1558-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Buxton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was the centre of the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"HORSLEY, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 6 miles N.E. of Derby, its post town, and 2 N.E. of Duffield railway station. The parish, which is considerable, is situated near the river Derwent, and on the Derby and Alfreton road. It contains the villages of Horsley, Horsley Woodhouse, and Kilburne. Here formerly stood a castle, built by Ralph-de-Burun. The surface is diversified with hill and dale, and the soil is in general light. The Little Eaton railway passes through the parish."

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

John POYSER has a photograph of the Horsley Fountain on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

You can see pictures of Horsley which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Horsley to another place.

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Historical Geography

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


  • Thomas NEEDHAM kept a Village Diary that should be a benefit to family historians.

Military History

  • The Traces of War website tells us that Horsley's churchyard has 5 Commonwealth War Graves from World War I and 4 from World War II.

Military Records

There are five Commonwealth War Graves in St. Clement's churchyard from World War I. They are for:

  1. H. GAUNT, corporal, East Yorks., age 24, died 1 Jan. 1919
  2. Jesse E. HARRISON, pri., Training Reserve, age 20, died 16 Aug. 1918
  3. Harold HORSLEY, pri., RAMC, age 36, died 21 Mar. 1917
  4. John JACKSON, pri., Sherwood For. age 33, died 14 Nov. 1918
  5. Arthur V. TAYLOR, pri., Leic. Rgt., age 21, died 8 Nov. 1918

There are four Commonwealth War Graves in St. Clement's churchyard from World War II. They are for:

  1. Albert MALTBY, lance corp., Pioneer Corps, age 23, died 19 Feb. 1941
  2. William E. PEEL, Flying Officer, RAF Vol. Reserve, age 23, died 3 Apr. 1944
  3. Charles W. RHODES, pri., Cheshire Rgt., died 22 June 1943
  4. Vincent P. THOMPSON, srgt., RAF Vol. Reserve, died 1 Mar. 1943


  • Some Newspaper Articles mentioning Horsley. One only at present, reporting on Coronation Festivities in 1902.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Horsley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.


David BEVIS has a photograph of <a href=&quot;http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/21577528&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Horsley School</a>on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.