"PENTRICH, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 5 miles N.E. of Belper, its post town, 2½ S.W. of Alfreton, and 3 W. of the Ambergate railway station. The village, which is considerable, and was formerly a market town, is situated on the road from Birmingham to Sheffield through Ripley, near the Cromford canal tunnel and the river Derwent. The tunnel of the Cromford canal is 2,966 yards in length, and in the neighbourhood is the reservoir of the Nottingham canal."
The parish is famous for the "Pentrich Revolution", an act of civil unrest from June, 1817, when a large body of men planned to march on Nottingham to protest rising food prices and the depression and unemployment that followed the ending of the Napoleonic Wars.