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Stephen McKAY has a photograph of the Churchyard cemetery at Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016.



  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2491
1891 R.G. 12 / 2724


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in 1593, but wasn't consecrated until 1632.
  • The ecclesiastical parish was created from Breaston St. Michael in October, 1897.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1897.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1707.
  • Marriages at Risley, 1720-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers..
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"RISLEY is a small village and township, partly in the parish of Sawley, and partly in that of Sandiacre, in the same hundred as Ilkeston, about four miles, south, from that town, one and a half, north, from Breason, and about seven and a half, east, from Derby. This manor was formerly held by Sir Hugh Willoughby, the celebrated navigator, who sailed on the 10th of May, 1555, with three ships, in search of a north-east passage, and was frozen to death, with all his crew, in the January following, in the Frozen Ocean."

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

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Historical Geography

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Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of The Risby Park Pub. (formerly Blue Bell) at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.

William WALLS was the proprietor of the Blue Bell PH in 1912.



Alan mURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the entrance to Risley Hall at Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.


Military History

  • There is a War Memorial outside All Saints' Church.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the War Memorial and churchyard gate at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves in All Saints churchyard:

  1. Basil Terah HOOLEY, major, 7th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, age 26, died 28 Oct. 1918. Son of Terah HOOLEY.
  2. Walter John Robert PACEY, fitter staff srgt., No. 2 depot, Royal Garrison Army, died 18 July 1916.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry of Wilne parish in Derby county.
  • In December, 1866, this Chapelry was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake) in the Ilkeston division of the county.
  • You may contact the Risley with Hopwell Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


  • A grammar school at Risley was founded in 1593 by Katherine WILLOUGHBY.
    (Ref: A History of Derbyshire, Gladwyn TURBUTT, 1999)
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Grammar School at Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.