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  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

  • Some of the Census Returns are online.

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

Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Woodville 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 Stephen.

  • The church founding stone was laid on 7 November 1845 and completed the next year.

  • The Anglican ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1847.

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

  • The church may actually stand in Leicestershire.

Church Records

  • The Parish Registers are online.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1894 to replace an earlier, smaller chapel.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Correctional Institutions

  • The parish had a gaol or "lock-up" for county prisoners, built in 1846, but not occupied until late in 1847.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Woodville which are provided by:
"About a mile S.E. from Hartshorn is the prosperous hamlet of WOODEN BOX, where are many pottery works, the inhabitants are almost exclusively employed."

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

The village is divided by the A511's traffic island. The village is virtually swallowed up by the conurbation of Swadlincote and Midway. The parish borders Leicestershire to the south.


Historical Geography

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


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK334194 (Lat/Lon: 52.771141, -1.506379), Woodville which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry between Hartshorn and Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

  • This place was created from part of Ashby Woulds and Blackfordby Civil Parishes in late September, 1897.

  • The parish was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty session hearings on the third Tuesday of the month.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


  Year  Inhabitants
1891 1,861
1901 2,567
1911 2,871