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  • The parish was in 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 Morley area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.

  • The early church was built in Saxon or early Norman times just east of the village.

  • Parts of the church are pieces of Dale Abbey, brought here when the abbey was dissolved.

  • The church seats 160.

  • Jonathan BILLINGER has a photograph of St. Matthew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Village Cross at the edge of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1540 for baptisms and 1544 for marriages and burials.

  • Transcription by Carol RYAN of Marriages 1800-1860 at Morley.

  • Marriages at Morley, 1678-1775 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 Ilkeston.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1902.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Morley which are provided by:
"MORLEY, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 4 miles N.E. of Derby, its post town."

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

Morely is a village, a township and a parish sitting just north of Breadsall. The parish covers 1,853 acres.



Historical Geography

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


  • Traces of a Roman road from Tynemouth can still be seen in the parish.

  • Most of the residents of this parish were farmers in the 19th and 20th centuries.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK394410 (Lat/Lon: 52.964902, -1.414842), Morley which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county 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 Morley Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Jacinth SACHEVERELL established six almshouse here in 1656.

  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the Almshouses at the west side of the village on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

  • 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.