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Archives and Libraries

Morton is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, with four stops in the Village on every fourth Wednesday late mornings.



  • The parish was in the Asahover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525 & 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2758


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


Church History

  • The 1086 Domesday Book advises us that there was a church here during the Survey.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Cross.
  • The church, except for the tower, was rebuilt in 1850.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Nikki MAHADEVAN has a photograph of Holy Cross Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of the Lychgate on Geo-graph, taken from inside the churchyard in March, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1575, but early parts are in bad condition.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of Holy Cross Church is available for purchase from Valerie NEAL.
  • Marriages at Morton, 1575-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"MORTON, a parish and pleasant village, 3¼ miles N. from Alfreton, and 1¼ miles S.E. from Stretton Railway Station, and contained in 1851, 257 inhabitants. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is a neat stone edifice in the decorated style. The living is a rectory; the Rev. Thomas Lund, B.D., incumbent."

[Description from Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

The parish covers just over 1,250 acres and lies 7.5 miles south of Chesterfield. Alan WALKER has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007. The Village Hall, on the western end of Main Road, often has a schedule of current events that visitors can enjoy.

The railway came to Morton in 1862.

Tony BAKER reminds us that Morton is the Centre of England.

You can see pictures of Morton which are provided by:





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

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • The War Memorial is across the street from Holy Cross Church at the western end of Main Road.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Military Records

  • Alan WALKER's photograph, above, is captioned with a complete list of names of the fallen from World War I and II.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of a Commonwealth War Grave on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

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 Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Morton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to do family history searches for you. Council meeting at held at the Village Hall.
  • District Governance is provided by the Northeast Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


A school opened here in 1863 near the church. It was replaced in 1884. The current school results from a 1927 rebuild. The school building was extended in 2010.