We are in the process of upgrading the site to implement a content management system.



  • 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

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.
We are looking for somebody who can help with the maintenance of this page, which currently has a status of Inactive - No maintenance is being performed. For more information about what helping us entails, look at our help wanted page. If you would like to consider helping us then please contact the GENUKI trustees.