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

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2721 & 2722


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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was built in 1838.

  • The church is dedicated to Saint James.

  • Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of Shardlow Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.

  • Tim GLOVER also has a photograph of the StT. James Church on Geograph, taken in May, 1999.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1839.

  • The Anglican church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1829.

  • The Baptists built a chapel here before 1853.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"SHARDLOW is a village, in the parish of Wiln and Shardlow, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, seven miles S.E. from Derby; situate upon the banks of the river Trent, over which is a good stone bridge, forming the communication with Leicestershire; it was built by the Cavendish family, from which it takes its name. This place derives considerable importance from being a station for the trans-shipment of goods upon the Trent and Mersey canal, on the banks of which are erected warehouses. At Wiln mills is manufactured a particular sort of cotton yarn, known by the name of 'Wiln yarn', for which there is generally a considerable demand: at this place is a large poor-house. In 1821 the parish contained 993 inhabitatants, and in 1831, 1,091."

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

Current Shardlow information is at the Derbyshire villages website.

You can see pictures of Shardlow which are provided by:



Historical Geography

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


  • The Cavendish Bridge over the River Trent was built in 1771.

  • There is a history of the village at the Shardlow Heritage Centre.

  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Shakespeare Inn on Geograph, taken in October, 2011.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK434303 (Lat/Lon: 52.868413, -1.356718), Shardlow which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alf BEARD has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geograph, taken in January, 2006.

Politics and Government

  • This place was a Township in Wilne parish in county Derby and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • You may contact the joint Shardlow and Great Wilne Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings, held on alternate Tuesdays.

  • As a result of the834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became the centre of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.

  • The Shardlow Poorlaw Union workhouse was on the London road.