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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

"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.

You can see pictures of Morley which are provided by:



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.