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Archives and Libraries

The Sandiacre Library on Doncaster Avenue near Albert Road is normally open six days a week. The Library has a Local Studies and Family History Section to assist you in your search.



The Anglican Churchyard closed to new burials some years ago.

A "New Cemetery" was established on Church Drive adjacent to the churchyard cemetery.

The vicar at St. Giles is responsible for keeping the plans and records of the old cemetery and the parish clerk keeps the records and plans of the New Cemetery.



  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2140
1861 R.G. 9 / 2492
1891 R.G. 12 / 2724 & 2725


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


Church History

  • There was an ancient chapel here, dedicated to Saint Sytha (or Osyth), a Mercian princess.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church was built early in the Norman era, probably around 1160.
  • The whole church was restored in 1883.
  • The church seats 330.
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of St. Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a good photograph of the Church tower on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1571 for baptisms, 1570 for burials and 1581 for marriages.
  • We have a pop-up window of (partially) extracted Parish Register burials in a file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at Sandiacre, 1581-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1826.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SANDIACRE is a village, in the small parish of its name, in the same hundred as Ilkeston, about four miles, south, from that town, & about nine, east, from Derby, situate close to the western boundary of the county of Nottingham. A market and fair was formerly held in the village, but at present little importance belongs to it as a place of trade."

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

The M1 Motorway runs just west of the village. The parish borders on Nottinghamshire to the east and covers 1,090 acres.

You can see pictures of Sandiacre which are provided by:





  • The transcription of the section for Sandiacre from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin HINSON.
  • We also have this entry from John Marius WILSON's 1870 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales:
SANDIACRE, a village and a parish in Shardlow district, Derby. The village stands on the Erewash river and canal, and on the Erewash Valley railway, 6 miles W S W of Nottingham; was once a market-town; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Nottingham. The parish comprises 1, 420 acres.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sandiacre to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



  • There is an 1899 Photograph on FLICKR of Town Street that might be useful.
  • For a trip down Memory Lane, visit the Ilkcam site.
  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of the Blue Bell Inn on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.
  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the White Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2010.

Military History

Sgt. Ivan K. Doncaster is memorialized in a stained-glass window in St. Giles Church.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Sandiacre 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 Smalley (Ilkeston court) petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • Alan MURRAY_RUST has a photograph of Dr. Bland's Almshouses in the Derby Road on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.


 Year  Inhabitants
1801 405
1821 587
1841 996
1851 1,065
1871 1,178
1881 1,630


A Public Elementary School (boys and girls) was built on Church Street in 1878 and enlarged prior to 1912.

An Infants' School was built here in 1907 on Victoria Road.