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  • The parish was in the Mayfield sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District prior to 1901.

  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2520
1881 R.G. 11 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2752


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

  • The church was almost completely rebuilt in 1825.

  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church, taken in August, 2008.

  • Andrew ABBOTT also has a photograph of the church interior, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1572.

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

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.

  • Mike SPENCER tells us:
"Once a parochial chapelry of Norbury, Snelston became a separate parish in 1871 although in keeping with parochial chapelries it has it's own registers from 1575. Unfortunately Snelston is one of those parishes where damage has occured to the registers, this time by floodwater. It may be worth checking Bishops Transcripts at Lichfield before looking at the originals at DRO."

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Mayfield sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District prior to 1901.

  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District after 1901.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Snelston which are provided by:
"SNELSTON, a parish in the hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 3½ miles S.W. of Ashbourne, its post town, and 3 from Norbury railway station. The village is situated on the river Dove. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the coal mines. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory of Norbury, in the diocese of Lichfield. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, has a square embattled tower. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. There are some charities, also a free school, which is supported by J. Harrison, Esq., the lord of the manor. Snelston Hall is the principal residence."

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

Colin PARK has a photograph of the Village Hall, Snelston, taken in September, 2012. Visitors should stop by and request a schedule of forth-coming events.


Francis WHITE's 1857 History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby reports:

SNELSTON a township, parish, and village, pleasantly situated 14 miles W by N from Derby and three miles S.W. from Ashbourn contains 2,072A 1r 1p of rich land, mostly pasture; rateable value £3,112. In 1851, it had 81 houses and 389 inhabitants of whom 201 were males and 188 females. The North Staffordshire railway runs through the parish and occupies 9A 3r 2p of land. John Harrison Esq is the principal owner and lord of the manor. Lord Scarsdale, Thomas Fitzherbert, Esq., J. G. Copestake. Esq., and the Hon. and Rev. Augustus Duncombe, have also estates here. Many of the farm houses have been lately rebuilt, some of which are extensive dairy farms. The Church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient Gothic structure, covered with luxuriant ivy. It has nave, chancel, side aisles, and handsome tower, with a clock and three bells, and the interior is neatly fitted up.


Historical Geography

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


  • In recent centuries, most of the parish was used for dairy pasturage.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK155433 (Lat/Lon: 52.986797, -1.770567), Snelston which are provided by:

Military History

  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Military Records

  • The War Memorial was erected on Littlefield Lane around 1920. Names for World War II were added after that war. The memorial is a Grade II structure with British Heritage.

  • The War Memorial at Snelston: A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials site.

  • You can also check the Derbyshire Roll of Honour site.

Politics and Government

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

  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • The citizens of this parish do not have a formal parish council. Instead, they hold periodic Parish Meetings to decide civic and politcal issues.

  • District governanace is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne petty session hearings every Saturday.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish joined the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.