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West Hallam

Cemeteries

Census

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

  • We have a pop-up window of the 1543 Census in a text file for your use. Most census returns prior to 1840 just list the head of household.

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

Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2493
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the West Hallam 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 Wilfrid (spelling variations abound).

  • The church was originally constructed in 1275.

  • The church was restored in 1855.

  • The church seats 260.

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. WIlfred's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538, but early years are in bad condition.

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

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

  • And we have a pop-up window of a handful of extracted Parish Register marriages for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • Marriages at West Hallam, 1638-1812 are available in Nigel Batty-Smith's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church is in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

"WEST HALLAM is a small parish (having no dependent township) in the same hundred as Ilkeston, two miles S.W. from that town. It contains the parish church, which is dedicated to St. Wilfrid, and a free school, originally endowed by the Rev. John Scargill, in 1662. The living of Hallam is a discharged rectory, in the patronage (some years since) of Francis Newdigate, Esq. The parish contained, in 1831, 710 inhabitants."

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

The Nutbrook branch of the Erewash canal passes down the east side of the parish. The parish is about 133 miles north of London, 9 miles west of Nottingham and covers 1,360 acres. David LALLY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013. One should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of West Hallam which are provided by:

Directories

Gazetteers

Historical Geography

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

History

  • The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK430415 (Lat/Lon: 52.969121, -1.361180), West Hallam which are provided by:

Military History

  • The War Memorial, erected in 1920 outside the churchyard gate, is a Grade II structure with British Heritage.

  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2002.

  • Tim ROWE captures a winter scene of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.

  • During World War II there was an Army Ordinance Depot off of Cat and Fiddle Lane to the south of the village.

Politics and Government

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

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

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  • You may contact the West Hallam Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley (Ilkeston Court) petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.