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Archives and Libraries

The Ripley Library on Grosvenor Road (the B6179) is normally open six days a week and they have a Local Studies and Family History section to help you in your search.



Ripley Cemetery is on Cemetery Lane in Ripley. There is limited parking and only pedestrian access is normally allowed.

The cemetery opened for burials in 1858, covering 5 acres. The cemetery has a new extension of 2.5 acres to the east, added in 1898.

The Amber Valley Borough Council manages and maintains the cemetery.



The parish was the center of the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2511 thru 2513
1891 R.G. 12 / 2745 & 2746


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in 1820 and consecrated the next year in 1821.
  • The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1855 from a portion of Pentrich ecclesiastical parish.
  • The church seats 600.
  • Rob HOWL has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
  • Peter BARR also has a well-lit photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.

Church Records

We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review.  Your additions are welcomed.

The General Baptists built a chapel here in Church Street in 1846.

The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in Chaple Street in 1847.

The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in Grosvenor Place in 1850.

The Wesleyan Reformists purchased the old Lecture Hall in Wood Street and converted it into a chapel in 1854.

The Unitarians had a chapel in Butterley Hill by 1857.


Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was the centre of the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"RIPLEY is a township, in the parish of Pentrich, nearly 8 miles S.S.E. from Wirksworth, 5 N.E. from Belper, and nearly 4 S. by W. from Alfreton. Ripley was formerly a market town of some consequence, chartered about the reign of Henry III. The principal buildings of the place form a large quadrangle, consisting of several good shops and well built houses. The iron and coal works in the neighbourhood give employment to a considerable portion of the inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Ripley is 10 miles north of Derby city and 5 miles north-east of Belper.  The parish covers 2,161 acres.

There is bus service to and from Nottingham, via Heanor.

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  • Major John JESSOP was a resident of this village in 1857 and died here in 1869. He had served as ADC to the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War.

Historical Geography

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



  • The Butterley Ironworks Company was established just north-west of the village in 1793.
  • Some of the township's citizens were involved in the "Pentrich Revolution" of 1817.
  • The Midland Railway came to this village on 1 September, 1856.
  • The Ripley Hippodrome opened in 1913 and later became known as the Oxford Hippodrome because it expanded onto Oxford Street.
  • The old Red Lion Inn was badly damaged by a lorry running into it and had to be demolished. Martin FROGGATT has a photograph of the new Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2017.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Pear Tree Pub on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

Military History

  • The Territorial force stationed here in 1891 was both the E and F Companies of the 1st Volunteer battalion. Major CORFIELD, commanding; E company, Captain Albert Leslie WRIGHT; & F company, Captain J. B. WHEELER.
  • Albert Leslie WRIGHT is believed to be born in Osmaston, DBY, circa 1862, and was a managing director of the local coal company. He would die in 1938 in Dover, Kent.
  • The Territorial force stationed here in 1912 was E Company of the 5th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. They met at the Armoury in Moseley Street. Captain B. H. CHECKLAND, commanding; Sergt. George NEWCOMB, drill instructor.
  • The War Memorial is in the grounds to the south of the church.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2005.
  • There is also the Ripley War Memorial on Military Images  

Military Records

  • Andy MICKLETHWAITE provides a list of names from the Ripley War Memorial.
  • Eric Benjamin WOOLIS, age 24, was a leading telegrapher on HMS MTB 417 when it was sunk off Calais by German warships on 16 March 1944. He was the son of Benjamin and Hilda WOOLIS of Ripley.


The town supported two newspapers in 1912:

  • Ripley Advertiser, published every Thursday, by John Samuel REYNOLDS on Church St.
  • Ripley & Heanor News, published every Friday, by G. C. BRITTAIN & Sons, on Church St.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Pentrich parish in the county of Derby and it became a separate, modern Civil parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the Town Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • Ripley is governed by a Town Council.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ilkeston (Ripley Court) petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.