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Note: There are several places named "Ripley" in the UK. Make sure you are researching the correct one!


  • The parish was the centre 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 / 2476 & 2745

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 church seats 600.

  • Rob HOWL has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.

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."



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

Description and Travel

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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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK406507 (Lat/Lon: 53.052005, -1.395760), Ripley which are provided by:

Military History

  • 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.

Military Records

  • Andy MICKLETHWAITE provides a list of names from the Ripley War Memorial.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Pentrich parish in the county of Derby and it became a spearate, modern Civil parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • 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.