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Newton Solney



  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

  • Brett PAYNE has census and other transcripts at his South Derbyshire website.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1961
1891 R.G. 12 / 2197


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.

  • The church was founded in the 12th century.

  • The church was restored in 1880 and again in 1884.

  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.

  • The church seats 400.

  • M. J. RICHARDSON has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1589.

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish register burials partially extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • You might look for your relatives in the Parish register on Brett PAYNE's Freepages site.

  • The London Family History Centre has the Bishop's Transcripts covering 1810 to 1872.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

"NEWTON-SOLNEY, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 2 miles N.E. of Burton-on-Trent, its post town and railway station, and 9 S.W. of Derby. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the E. bank of the river Trent, near its confluence with the river Dove, which here divides this county from Staffordshire."

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

Phil MYOTT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006. You should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

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Historical Geography

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



Sources report that the Trent River used to be navigable past Newton Solney in ancient times.

There are two Public Houses in Newton Solney, each with some history:

  • The Brickmakers' Arms on Main Street. David ROGERS has a photograph of The Brickmakers' Arms on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:

Year Person
1855 -- not listed --
1857 -- not listed --
1870 Henry COXON
1874 Hy. COXON, boot mkr.
1891 Mrs. Ann SMEDLEY
1899 -- not listed --
1912 James Thomas WARING
  • The Unicorn on the corner of Blacksmith Lane and the Repton Road. J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Unicorn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:

Year Person
1855 Wm. SMITHARD, shoemaker
1857 Richard SARSON, vict.
1870 Joseph COWHAM
1874 Sampson GARRATT, cottager and v.
1891 James PEARSALL
1899 Arthur PEARSALL
1912 Alfred PAGE

Military History

  • Phil MYOTT has a photograph of a World War II FW3/22 Pillbox by the River Dove on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.

  • Ian COLDERWOOD also has a photograph of the World War II Pillbox by the River Dove on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in the parish churchyard from World War I:

  1. John Robert MEAD, captain, 335th Road Constr. Co. Royal Engineers, died 15 Dec 1917.
  2. William Henry TAYLOR, corp., Supply Co. Royal Army Service Corps, age 25, died 9 Nov. 1919. Son of the late Tom and Maria TAYLOR.

Names, Geographical

  • Cameron (The Place Names of Derbyshire, 1959) quotes "Newetun" (and numerous other variations) from the Domesday Book (1086) and earlier, back to c. 956. "The manor of Newton was conveyed from Ralph de Argosis to his brother Alfred de Solenneio in 1205. It is from Solenneio that we get "Sulney".

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 Repton and Gresle Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Repton petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union..

  • The John HIGGOTT Almshouses were a gift from a bachelor farmer to the parish in 1876. There were four dwellings built in a row.

  • David ROGERS has a photograph of the Almshouses on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.