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  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1961


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Willington 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 Michael.

  • The church appears to be of Norman origan, although the web page author could not find a precise date of construction. Sources say it was originally constructed in the 12th century.

  • The church tower was added in 1824.

  • The church seats 220.

  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

  • Rod JOHNSON also has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Panoramio, taken in 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1680.

  • Marriages at Willington, 1698-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1857.

  • The Baptists have had an active chapel here since 1858. A new chapel was built for them on Twyford Road in 1981-82.

  • Phil MYOTT has a photograph of the Baptist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Willington which are provided by:
"WILLINGTON is a parish, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, about five miles N.E. from Burton-upon-Trent, and about two N.W. from Repton. The river Trent and the Grand Trunk canal pass through the parish. The church is dedicated to St. Michael: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the corporation of Etwall and Repton. Population of the parish, in 1821, 411, and in 1831, 402."

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

The parish is in south Derbyshire just 6 miles south of Derby city on the north bank of the River Trent. The parish covers almost 1,200 acres.

The railway came to Willington in 1838, but the line was closed in 1964. A new line, the Ivanhoe Line, came in 1990 to link the villae to Leicester and Burton-on-Trent, as well as the city of Derby.

The Mercia Marina is just north-east of the village off Findern Lane.



Historical Geography

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


  • In the 17th century this place became the port furthest up the River Trent, which garnered the village a great deal of trade from exported coal.

  • The bridge with five arches over the River Trent was opened in August, 1839.

  • The parish feast was always held on the first Sunday after September 19th.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK297284 (Lat/Lon: 52.852261, -1.560405), Willington which are provided by:

Politics and Government

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

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

  • You may contact the Willington Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed 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 every Friday.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.