Aston upon Trent


“ASTON-UPON-TRENT, a parish in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in the county of Derby, 6 miles to the S.E. of Derby, its post town. It is situated on the northern side of the river Trent and the Grand Trunk canal, which runs nearly parallel with the river. Shardlow is a chapelry, and Far or Great Wilne a township, of this parish Aston had formerly the rank of a market town.

The principal business of the place is the corn trade. Some of the inhabitants are employed in the potteries. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value, with the curacy of Shardlow annexed to it, of £1,030, in the patronage of E. A. Holden, Esq. In the church, which is dedicated to All Saints, are several monuments to the Holdens and Shuttleworths. There are charitable endowments amounting to £22 per annum. The principal residences are Aston Hall, the seat of the Holdens, and Aston Lodge."

"FAR WILNE, a township in the parish of Aston-upon-Trent, hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 5 miles S.W. of Derby."

"GREAT WILNE, (or Far Wilne) a township in the parish of Aston-upon-Trent, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in the county of Derby, adjoining the parish of Wilne.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Aston on Trent village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the Memorial Hall every fourth Tuesday in the late afternoon.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Tomb of Thomas Holden in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.



  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2140
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2721

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey.
  • The original Norman church was torn down in the 13th century, except for the tower, to make way for a larger church.
  • Most of the present church was built in the 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1848 and 1863.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1873.
  • The church seats 320.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1667.
  • Marriages at Aston-upon-Trent, 1667-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Louis R. MILLS has provided two partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions and corrections are welcomed. The first is Burials 1667 to 1800 and the second is Burials 1800 to current times.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Melbourne.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1820.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"ASTON-UPON-TRENT is a parish and village, in the same hundred as Shardlow, two miles from that place, and about six and a half from Derby. The hall of Aston, a substantial mansion, the seat of Edward Anthony Holden, Esq. is in the village. At one time this place must have been of much more importance than at the present period, for we find that in 1256, the privilege of holding a market and fair was granted to it; both, however, have long been discontinued. The church is dedicated to All Saints, and the living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Holden family. The parish (which has no dependent township), contained, in 1831, 620 inhabitants."

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

The parish is close to the border with Leicestershire, on the north bank of the River Trent 6 miles south-east of Derby city and 132 miles north of London. Visit the Aston upon Trent community website for a little local color. The current population is around 1,800.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.

Andy STEPHENSON has a photograph of the Lake at Aston-on-Trent on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011, showing the pretty fall colors.

You can see pictures of Aston upon Trent which are provided by:







James Sutton (1799 - 21 January 1868) was an English boatbuilder, canal boat carrier and owner of salt works. He became High Sheriff of Derbyshire. He lived at Shardlow Hall, Derbyshire, which either he or his father purchased in 1826. In 1843 Sutton was High Sheriff of Derbyshire.


Historical Geography

<p>There is a small lake just south of the village.  Andrew STEVENSON has a <a href="https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2698508">photograph of the lake</a> at Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.</p>

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



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Former Village Pump House on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.



  • Aston Hall is an 18th-century country house, now converted to residential apartments, at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire. It is a Grade II* listed building.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE provides a transcription of Joseph TILLEY's "Old Halls, Manors and Families of Derbyshire" mentioning Aston Hall.
  • Stephen RICHARDS has a photograph of Aston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2002.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of Aston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.
  • Edward Anthony HOLDEN's (High Sheriff of Derbyshire 1838/39) daughter Mary Shuttleworth BODEN was born here in 1840. She was a noted temperance campaigner and a she gave Derby its first children's playground in Bold Lane.
  • In 1948, the Hall became known as Aston Hall Hospital. The hospital closed in about 1993. Since then, the hall has been restored, renovated and converted into residential apartments.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK415295 (Lat/Lon: 52.861394, -1.385046), Aston upon Trent which are provided by:


Military History

  • General Sir Drury Curzon DRURY-LOWE was born here on 3 January 1830 under the name Drury Curzon Holden. He purchased a commission as Major in 1862, and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 17th Lancers in 1866. Sometime between 1862 and 1867 he assumed the surname DRURY-LOWE. He was knighted on 18 November 1882. He died in Denby, DBY, on 6 April 1908.
  • During World War One, there was a Red Cross Hospital here in Aston Hall.

Military Records

  • For a photograph of the Aston-upon-Trent War Memorials and the names on them, see the British War Graves site.

There are three Commonwealth War Graves in the Aston upon Trent churchyard from World War I:

  1. William Henry RILEY, pte., M. T. Depot, Army Service Corps, died 28 (or 29th) March 1917 in Duffield of illness, age 30, husband to Ethel RILEY.
  2. Charles Henry SMITH, sapper, Royal Engineers, died 23 Feb. 1919, age 37, son of Andrew and Maria SMITH.
  3. Ernest SMITH, lance corp., 10th Btn., Sherwood Foresters, age 28, died 29 May 1918. Son of Richard and Hannah SMITH.

W. H. RILEY is "probably" the son of local farmer Phillip RILEY.

There is a Memorial in the church inscribed:

"In loving memory of Major Guy WINTERBOTTOM, Derbyshire Yeomanry, 2nd son of Lt. Col William Dickson WINTERBOTTOM of Aston Hall, Derby, killed in action on the Salonika Front, Aug. 9, 1917, aged 27 years. This tablet is dedicated by his father, wife and step mother. His last words were "I have tried to do my best, God's will be done. "

Other men lost during World War One:

  1. Pte. William SMITH, 9th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, died 9 Aug 1915, age 22, son of Richard and Hannah SMITH.
  2. Pte. William HOWARD, Derbyshire Yeomanry, died 5 Sep 1915, age 18.
  3. Pte. Walter WHITTAKER, 9th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, died 4 Oct 1915, age 19, son of John and Emma WHITTAKER.
  4. Pte. James SHREEVE, 1st Btln. Sherwood Foresters, died 13 Mar 1915, age 27, son of Tom and Harriet SHREEVE and husband to Gertrude.
  5. Stoker 1st class Jarvis STONE, HMS Black Prince, died 31 May 1916, age 36.
  6. Stoker 1st class Frederick HINDS, HMS Queen Mary, died 31 May 1916, age 23, son of Samuel and Mary Ann HINDS. (Not in CWGC database)
  7. Pte. George SMITH, 11th Btln. Notts & Derby Regt., died 1 Jul 1916, son of Henry and Alice SMITH.
  8. Pte. John YATES, Leics. Regt., died 4 Jul 1916, son of Fanny YATES.
  9. Pte. Arthur SHREEVE, Sherwood Foresters, died 3 Jun 1916, age 20, son of Richard SHREEVE.
  10. Gunner Edward SHREEVE, Royal Garrison Artillery, died 23 Jul 1916, age 19, son of Richard and Elizabeth SHREEVE.
  11. Pte. Frederick HACKETT, Machine Gun Corps, died 28 Jul 1917, age 21, son of Richard SHREEVE.
  12. Pte. Albert Edward HACKETT, 16th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, died 5 Aug 1917, age 18.
  13. L/Cpl. James SIMPSON, 10th Btln. Royal Warwickshire Regt., died 6 Aug 1917, age 23, son of Thomas and Elizabeth SIMPSON.
  14. Gunner Henry HACKETT, Royal Garrison Artillery, died 7 Dec 1917, age 27.
  15. Pte. Edward SMITH, 1/5th Northumberland Fusiliers, died 10 Apr 1918, age 20, son of Andrew SMITH.
  16. Pte. John Henry TOMLINSON, 7th Btln. Lincs. Regt., died 16 Aug 1918, age 27, son of Joseph and Fanny TOMLINSON.
  17. Pte. Charles COPE, 7th Btln. East Kent Regt., died in 1918.
  18. Pte. John William WALKER, 11th Btln. Sherwood Foresters, died 11 Nov 1918, age 29, son of William WALKER.
  19. Driver Mallord Nobel ROBINSON, Royal Field Artillery, died 1919, age 22.
  20. 2nd Lieutenant Reginald Walter CARTLIDGE of the Tank Corps died on the 30th July 1920, age 24, son of Walter and Mary CARTLIDGE.

Names, Geographical

The village and parish call itself "Aston on Trent." Many old Directories and records use the "Aston upon Trent" format.

Aston is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. The name in Old English literally means 'East Farm'.



Jane TAYLOR of Redcar offers this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 3 February 1803: "BIRTH: On the 23rd ult. the Lady of the Rev. Charles HOLDEN, of Aston, near this town, was safely delivered of a son and heir."



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar Shares this notice from the Derby Mercury of 24 December, 1801: "DIED: On the 7th instant, Leonard FOSBROOKE, Esq. of Stanley Place, Chester, and formerly of Shardlow, in this county. -His remains were interred in the family vault at Aston upon Trent, near this place, on Monday se'nnight."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 16 December, 1802: "DIED: On Sunday last, after a few hours illness, Miss Maria WALKER, third daughter of the late Joseph WALKER, Esq. of Aston Hall, in this county."


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 28 acres from the abolition of Chellaston Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • There is a list of four Aston on Trent Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Aston on Trent" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Village School on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.



  • The Ashton on Trent Local History Group has a website with photographs.