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Help and advice for Kirk Ireton

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Kirk Ireton



  • Gill Ashurst, Jan Wilding and Dave Williams - "Spirit of Kirk Ireton," ISBN 1-8430614-81, paperback.


  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • Census transcripts are online at Wirksworth.Org.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2518 & 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2756


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church was built in 1120.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.
  • Neil THEASBY also has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1572.
  • Marriages at Kirk Ireton, 1572-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Wirksworth.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1876.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

"KIRK IRETON, a parish in the hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 3 miles S.W. of Wirksworth. The village, which is considerable, was much damaged by a tornado in 1811, which unroofed the houses and twisted large trees from their roots. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £355, in the patronage of the bishop."

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

We also have an extract from the Derbyshire Village Book, published in 1991.

Geoff PICK has a photograph of Kirk Ireton on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

You can see pictures of Kirk Ireton which are provided by:





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

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Historical Geography

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



Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Barley Mow Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.


Military History

  • There is a War Memorial in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church. There is a photograph of the War Memorial on Militay Images.

Military Records


Names, Geographical

According to Peter Barr, the name Kirk Ireton means "Church of Irish Enclosure" and the village is possibly where Celtic missionaries originally settled.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Kirk Ireton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but please do NOT ask them for help with family history lookups.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010. Stop in when the Hall is open and ask to see a schedule of forth-coming events. Village Halls are frequently used for presentations on local history.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Wirksworth petty session hearings every other Tuesday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.


Andrew HILL has a photograph of the Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.