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Morton

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Asahover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525 & 2526
1891 R.G. 12 / 2758

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Morton 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 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.

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

You can see pictures of Morton which are provided by:

Directories

Gazetteers

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.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK408601 (Lat/Lon: 53.136483, -1.391586), Morton which are provided by:

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).

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.