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  • CROFTS, Joyce and READ, Joseph - 'Footsteps through Smalley'. a history, ISBN 190 38684 527 9. This is also on Microfilm 6036850 at the Family History Library.

  • TURTON, Robert - 'Pictures of Smalley'. Village past in photographs, Maps and Drawings.



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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2508
1891 R.G. 12 / 2742


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Smalley 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 is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

  • The church had formerly been a Chapel of Ease to the church in Morley.

  • The chapel was built in 1793 on the site of a much earlier church.

  • The chapel was enlarged in 1844.

  • The churchyard was added to the chapel grounds in 1878.

  • The church seats 270.

  • There are some photographs and a history of St. John the Baptist Church website.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1814 for burials, 1838 for marriages and 1854 for baptisms. Earlier records will be found at the church in Morley.

  • Marriages at Smalley, 1624-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • We have a pop-up window of extracted Parish Register burials (partial) in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

  • The Baptists had a chapel and burial ground constructed here in 1780.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • This place did not become a separate Civil Parish until 1877.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Smalley which are provided by:
"SMALLEY, a chapelry in the parish of Morley, hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 6 miles N.E. of Derby, its post town, and 4 N.W. of Ilkeston railway station."

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

Photographs of the village can be viewed at the Andy SAVAGE Derby Photos site.



  • Colin HINSON provideds the transcription of the section for Smalley from the National Gazetteer (1868).

  • John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)" describes the parish as:

Smalley, township and vil., Morley par., Derbyshire - township, 1718 ac., pop. 815; vil., 4 miles NW. of Ilkeston; P.O., T.O.; in vicinity is Smalley Hall, seat.

Historical Geography

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


  • The church hall has become the Village Hall. Adam FOSTER has a photogrpah of the Church Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2003.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK407446 (Lat/Lon: 52.997165, -1.395036), Smalley which are provided by:

Military History

  • Andrew SAVAGE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Derbyshire Photos, taken in 2003.

Military Records

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in St. John's churchyard for World War I:

  1. A. FLETCHER, priv. Machine Gun Corps, age 28, died 11 Nov. 1918. Husband of Sarah FLETCHER.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Morley parish in Derby county 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).

  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

  • In April, 1934, the Civil Parish was reduced by 77 acres to enlarge Stanley Civil Parish.

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, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.