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  • St Chad, Wilne Road, DE72 3QG, Church of England


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

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

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2491 & 2493
1881 R.G. 11 / 3391
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726


  • St Chad, Wilne Road, DE72 3QG, Church of England

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Chad.

  • The church was built in the 13th century.

  • The church was across the River Derwent from the village. A small hamlet arose around the church and is known as Church Wilne.

  • This church seats 350.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1540 and is in good condition.

  • The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a typescript of the Wilne Parish Register for 1540 thru 1723, with a copy on microfilm 0824099 .

  • The London Family History Centre has the Bishop's Transcripts for 1675 thru 1882 on microfilm 0428952 for hire.

  • Marriages at Wilne, 1540-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

  • The New Connection Methodists built a small brick chapel here in 1816.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

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

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Wilne which are provided by:
"WILNE, a parish in the county of Derby, 7 miles S.E. of Derby, and 4 S.W. of the Sawley railway station."

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

The parish is on the border with Leicestershire. The River Derwent runs past the village. The parish, often listed as Great Wilne or Church Wilne, contains the hamlet and township of Hopwell. Church Wilne is actually a hamlet in the the parish.



Historical Geography

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


  • The 'The Derbyshire Village Book' tells us: "The Romans started it all. In order to get their Derbyshire lead from Derby to the river Trent at Trent Lock, they built a straight road between the two. A small community developed along it about six miles from Derby. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Draicott or Dry Cote. About a mile to the south by the river Derwent there was a settlement which we now call Wilne, the original name meaning `a clearing in the willows' which sounds a wet and marshy place. A church was recorded there in AD 822 dedicated to St Chad."

  • Wilne is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book as one village.

  • In the 1700s and 1800s the parish had a number of cotton mills which produced cloth.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK460350 (Lat/Lon: 52.910445, -1.317433), Wilne which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Derbyshire and it was incorporated as a separate, modern CIvil Parish along with Draycott in December, 1866.

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

  • You may contact the joint Shardlow and Great Wilne Parish Council.

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