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  • A Derbyshire Parish At War: South Darley and the Great War 1914-1919, Country Books, 2001. ISBN 1-898941-53-X.
  • A Derbyshire Parish at Peace and War: South Darley 1925-1955. Life in South Darley through to World War Two and the subsequent return to peace. Country Books, 2001. ISBN 1-898941-59-9.


  • The parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2541
1891 R.G. 12 / 2775

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.
  • The church foundation stone was laid in 1840 and the church consecrated in June, 1845. It was intended as a chapel of ease for the parish of St Helens, Darley Dale.
  • The church seats 226.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1845.
  • 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 Bakewell.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of St Helens Church Darley Dale also includes Burials 1846 to 1918 for South Darley.
  • David DUNFORD has a photograph of the Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Matlock sub-district of the Bakewell Registration District.

Description and Travel

"SNITTERTON, a township in the parish of Darley, hundred of Wirksworth, county Derby, 2 miles E. of Winster, and 1½ mile N.W. of Matlock."

"WENSLEY, a township in the parish of Darley, county Derby, 2 miles N.E. of Winster. It is situated on the river Derwent, and is joined with Snitterton."

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

Wensley has a village website with local news and interests.

Neil THEASBY has a photograph of Wensley village on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.

Wensley and Darley Bridge are served by the Derby Bus on route 172.

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Historical Geography

  • South Darley parish, originally named 'Wensley and Snitterton', was formed from Darley in 1840 when St Mary the Virgin parish church was built. Today, the parish encompasses the villages and hamlets of Wensley, Cross Green, Darley Bridge (formerly known as Bridgetown), Oker and Snitterton.

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


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Darley parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wirksworth petty session hearings every other Tuesday.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.