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  • All Saints, Tamworth Road, NG10 3AT, Church of England


  • 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 & 2492
1881 R.G. 11 / 3391
1891 R.G. 12 / 2725


  • All Saints, Tamworth Road, NG10 3AT, Church of England

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Church History

  • A church existed here in 822 AD.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

  • A chantry was founded here about 1260 AD.

  • The church was restored and enlarged in the 13th century.

  • The church tower was added in the 15th century.

  • The church was restored in 1889.

  • The church chancel was restored in 1911.

  • The church seats 500.

  • I am told a church on the site of All Saints Parish Church in Sawley was built in early days of rushes. A later wooden building took its place, presumably in Saxon times, with the present day stone building begun by the Normans. A Norman archway still remains, but the tower and spire are 15th century. The gold weathercock on the top of the spire was placed by the local people in the 1940's, collecting money for it by subscription, one collection method being that it was driven around the local streets and any child could pat it and give it a spin on payment of a penny. The church contains memorials to the Bothe family, including an effigy of John Bothe, who was Treasurer of Lichfield Cathedral.
    (Information supplied by June SPOONER of Canada).

  • John DARCH has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1654, but is "defective" from 1691 to 1697.

  • Transcription by Carol RYAN of Burials 1813-1830 at Sawley.

  • Marriages at Sawley, 1656-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

  • The Baptists founded their chapel here in 1783.

  • Chris J. DIXON has a photograph of the Sawley Baptist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2005.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1891.

  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Sawley which are provided by:
"SAWLEY, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 8½ miles S.E. of Derby, its post town, and 5¼ N.W. of Kegworth. It is a station on the Midland railway. The parish, which is situated on the rivers Trent and Derwent, includes the chapelries of Long Eaton and Breaston, and the hamlet of Wilsthorpe. The village, which is neatly built, was formerly a market town, and has the old market-house still standing. Some of the inhabitants are employed in frame-work knitting and cotton-spinning."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.

David LALLY, however, has a photograph of the new, fancier village sign on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.

Rodney WETTON captures the sunrise from Sawley Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.



Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK472316 (Lat/Lon: 52.879779, -1.300083), Sawley which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial and surrounding benches were built near the centre of the village in 2006 to commemorate the fallen of two World Wars and other conflicts since.

  • David LALLY has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.

  • There was a report on the Internet in April, 2012, that the memorial was in poor condition and that the names were practically unreadable. I have not seen an update since..

Military Records

There are six Commonwealth War Graves in All Saints churchyard from World War I and one from World War II:

  1. W. T. BERESFORD, priv., 2nd/7th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, age 21, died 5 Nov. 1911. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. BERESFORD.
  2. Charles William BROOKS, rifleman, 13th Btn. Rifle Brigade, age 21, died 13 Jan 1919. Son of Charles and Charlotte BROOKS.
  3. G. CAPPELL, pfc, Royal Air Force, died 4 July 1918.
  4. J. MARSDEN, priv., 3rd Btn. Loyal North Lancs Regt., died 14 Mar. 1919.
  5. William PARKER, priv., Royal Army Service Corps, age 23, died 7 Dec. 1918. Son of George and Margaret PARKER.
  6. A. S. POYSER, priv., 12th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 2 Dec. 1918.
  7. Robert Henry STORRY, airman 2nd class, RAF Vol. Rsrv., died 7 Apr. 1941. Son of Edward and Ethel Amelia STORRY, of Long Eaton.

Steve MORSE provides this list of men from Sawley who served. It is not known if they are on the War Memorial mentioned above:

  • Henry ADAMS was just 18 when the village of Sawley waved him off to war.
  • J T L BURROWS killed 1916 and buried at Pozieres, Somme
  • Benjamin GUNDRY 1915 - Helles memorial Gallipoli
  • John William LEIVARS 1916 - Thiepval Memorial Somme
  • Maj John Arthur MEADS MC 1917 - he was attached to the 10th Bn and I visited his grave last year.
  • James RUDD 1915 - Helles Memorial.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

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

  • At last check in 2015 the local parish council had a website address, but it was under construction and had no content.

  • 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.